After the disaster that was part V the producers reinvented Jason here as an undying supernatural entity resulting in one of the series best entries. The kills have a little more inventiveness and the film feels more like a horror entry then the self parody the series had become. New life was injected into the series.
Loved this as a kid but seeing it today, while fun, it was a testament to the fact that some movies should not be seen again. The FX are fun but the script is pretty dumb even for a Friday the 13th sequel. The acting is bad throughout but despite this there is fun to be had with this slasher romp.
"Friday the 13th" receives a welcome dose of humor from writer/director Tom McLoughlin. The emphasis on comedy and celebration of Jason's iconic status mean this entry is comparable to the more self-referential Roger Moore Bond films. One wishes the filmmakers would have devoted at least some time to developing a horror atmosphere, but the added laughter keeps the series from feeling stale after five sequels.
A fresh take on the franchise that by this point overused its returns. And it does that smoothly, by turning it into a homage piece with right amount of humor and self-awareness. The opening is reminiscent to the old Universal classics, while each scene that follows is loaded with either humor, action or drama. Jason is established as a horror icon that won't go away, and Alice Cooper's "He's Back" is an ode to that.
2-2.5. I can't say it's an altogether GOOD movie, but it does have a number of likable qualities. This sequel's sense of self parody actually aids the scares when humor becomes horror and back again. The meta-narrative of attempting to trap Jason where he started is also amusing. But I can't really say it evokes anything altogether, and the cop characters, specifically, are extremely obnoxious.
Probably the best of the later sequels as someone clearly saw the comedic elements of it all and put several jokes, visual gags and stupid dialogue in it. Better characters than in most of the films and a good soundtrack of Alice Cooper songs also help. It is still predictable as hell but it is fun predictability at least.
Easily the best entry in the series, using an old-fashioned Universal horror-style gothicism and a post-modern self awareness (predating both Scream and Craven's New Nightmare) to great effect. Might have ushered in a new era of brilliance for the series if only the producers had allowed McLoughlin to end it with the introduction of Jason's father as he wished to.