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!
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.
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.
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...