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Get ready for twice the terror with Friday the 13th Part 2: Deluxe Edition! Five years after the massacre at Camp Crystal Lake, the nerve-wracking legend of Jason Voorhees and his diabolical mother lives on. Despite ominous warnings from the locals to stay away from "Camp Blood," a group of counselors at a nearby summer camp decide to explore the area where seven people were brutally slaughtered. All too soon, they encounter horrors of their own and the killing begins again. You'll be at the edge of your seat for this gruesome thriller about 24 hours of bone-chilling fear!
Friday The 13th Part 2 doesn't take place on Friday the 13th, but that's about the only liberty this generic horror film takes with convention. If you've seen any horror movies before, then there is nothing here you haven't seen before. However, if you're looking for a mindless midnight scare-fest, you could do much worse than this, the first sequel to one of the most influential slasher flicks ever made...This sequel picks up where the original Friday the 13th left off. It's set five years after the infamous bloodbath at Camp Crystal Lake, where Jason Voorhees and his psychotic mother murdered seven camp counsellors. Now, a nearby campsite has been turned into a counsellor training centre, and Jason is hungry for more flesh. What follows is the basic slasher routine, with all the usual horror movie set-ups and not-so scary scary bits that follow. This is disappointing, since there are a few witty moments in the opening act that create hope that this might be something more...The characters aren't really worth noting. They're nothing more than the usual -- mostly young -- pawns in a game of grisly murder and gratuitous nudity...In this particular genre of horror film, there are no heroes. Therefore, it is imperative to have an interesting, mysterious villain. Jason, who makes his debut as a visible character in Friday the 13th Part 2, is neither sufficiently interesting nor mysterious enough to grab and hold our attention...This sequel was the debut film of Steve Miner, who went on to direct the next sequel and then more recently, the hokey horror picture Lake Placid, and the neo-Western Texas Rangers...Any movie that spawns so many sequels must have something going for it, and this is the most notable of the bunch. Of course, that's not saying much. I may never fully understand the notoriety of the slasher genre, but when it comes to camp value, Friday the 13th Part 2 certainly delivers its share.
The first of many sub-par follow-ups to a movie that was only average to begin with, Friday the 13th Part 2 purports to take place five years after the events of the original. While this is mainly due to logic (who would start another camp right next to Crystal Lake only a year after a dozen people got slaughtered there?), it can't disguise the fact that this sequel was thrown together half-assed in order to hit theaters in summer of 1981, less than a year after the first installment was a huge surprise hit...The filmmakers knew they could throw any old piece of garbage on the screen and people would see it. It's the type of lazy filmmaking that openly insults the audience while making it abundantly clear the film's only purpose is to rake in the dough based on the reputation of its predecessor. That type of opportunism and indifference to quality is shameful, even in a cut-rate exploitation sequel...The film's story is basically a re-hash of Part I, only with bloodier deaths and more nudity. Which is about the only thing you can say for director/producer Steve Miner: He knows what his audience wants and he gives it to them...This is Jason's first real appearance in the series, though what we know to be Jason (an indestructable monster who hides his deformed face behind a hockey mask) doesn't start to take shape until Part 3. In this installment Jason dresses like a lumberjack and covers his face with a burlap bag, a mixture of ripping off The Town That Dreaded Sundown and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre...I tend to give movies the benefit of the doubt if it looks like the people who made them had honest intentions. But Friday the 13 Part II has only one goal: to trick viewers who enjoy the genre and liked the first Friday the 13th into wasting their time and money on a movie in which the filmmakers didn't even bother to try. It insults us, the audience, with its mocking incompetence and for that rampant commercialism, the movie earns my contempt.
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Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
The last Friday the 13th film that makes an effort to scare its audience, rather than just going through the motions.
Dustin Putman, TheMovieBoy.com
A solid first sequel and the truly chilling jump scare at the end gives the original's a run for its money.
Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
If slasher movies are your thing, take a stab at this one.