Five years after the horrible bloodbath at Camp Crystal Lake, Paul opens up a new camp close to the infamous site, ignoring warnings to stay away. A sexually-charged group of counselors follow — including child psychologist major Ginny.
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Even with the violence toned down the second entry is certainly an improvement on the first. Some attempt at story is made and kept away from the supernatural angle the series would develop. In the end it's a standard kids getting chopped up in the woods movie...but a half decent one.
Better characters, an inventively suspenseful climax, and a fabulous Betsy Palmer cameo! The clumsy, sack-headed Jason has a buffoonish charm and his final scare is devilishly effective. Though Jason's existence makes no sense and the film isn't without its dull moments, it's a major improvement over the first.
It's interesting that unlike most slasher series the Friday the 13th franchise took a couple of films for it to find its identity. Unlike Freddy or Mike Myers, Jason wasn't fully formed till the 3rd film in his franchise. This is the film where we finally meet Jason (minus the hockey mask)! However the real MVP of this film is the director. Miner amps up the pacing, the production value, and the scares!
Infinitely more successful than the first one on all counts. The acting and directing is better and the plotting both lean and effective (at least for a slasher B-movie). The score is really great and the "kills" are suitably over the top.
Not really a step down from the original. Some of the scares were even better and had some really chilling moments involving an unmasked Jason. I would say that the ending of this film doesn't touch the original but that is one of very few weak spots. I would recommend this to any horror fan or lover of the original film.
interesting that many prefer the second.. i actually prefer the first, especially when comparing the special effects / makeup for the kill scenes. fun to see jason getting his sea legs though.. i lol'd when the chair he was standing on broke.
Slightly better than the first one, mostly because Jason is more interesting than his mother, and the heroine is more likeable (thanks to Steel's natural and down-to-earth performance). The build-up is also greatly appreciated, it just makes the events more horrific when you know the relationships and personalities of the characters.