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.
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.
This one never fails to scare me and was the first I saw. Nice tension & respective build up, right mood & creepy environment. We have a great heroine that fits perfectly the role of final girl; a much more carismatic and jovial killer, Jason, in his first appearance; a shaky storyline that's washed away with some fun-to-watch characters; a great finale that starts the madness. Probably, my favorite of the franchise.
Strangely enough I liked this one a little bit. Sure the beginning was boring and the story doesn't always make sense, but once it got down to the final showdown I liked it. I thought Jason was a much more interesting villain than his mother. I liked that in this film he has not quite become so superhuman. He is sort of this pathetic creature and that made it scarier for me. The heroin was also better.
Now we're talking. The original is junk, but #2 is so much better, and has an immensely likable heroine in Amy Steel. Nice build-up to the carnage, and scary finale. I saw this with an audience and remember the experience of 800 people screaming. Too bad it was all downhill after this...
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.