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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** 1/2 It's basically the 1st film but done with a bit more finesse. I like how Jason is such a clumsy doof in this. Check out the picture of the kids above around the campfire, a couple of just straight up disappear without explanation
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.
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.
Better than the original and definitely one of the best entries in the series. If the first film was influenced primarily by 'Halloween', this is the 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' of the series. Amy Steel as Ginny is the most convincing lead of the earlier films and there is an understanding between her and Jason that is unspoken, with a folkloric, supernatural charm. Beauty and the beast at Camp Crystal Lake.
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!
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.