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Friday the 13th Part 2 [1981]

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Director:Steve Miner
Writer:Ron Kurz
Composer:Harry Manfredini
Length:86 minutes
(1 hour 26 minutes)
MPAA Rating:R
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:Susp/Hor
IMDB Rating:5.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:33%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Mrs. Voorhees is dead, and Camp Crystal Lake is shut down, but a camp next to the imfamous place is stalked by an unknown assailant. Is it Mrs. Voorhees' son Jason who didn't drown in the lake some 30 years before?


Reaction: Very much like the first outing. If you want to see a bit of more-of-the-same, this one isn't bad.


Personal Rating: 6/10

Select Cast and Crew
Steve Miner => Director
Ron Kurz => Writer
Harry Manfredini => Composer
Adrienne King => Alice Hardy
Amy Steel => Ginny Field
Betsy Palmer => Mrs. Pamela Voorhees (also archive footage)
Bill Randolph => Jeffrey
Cliff Cudney => Maxwell
Jack Marks => Deputy Winslow
Jerry Wallace => The Prowler
John Furey => Paul Holt
Kirsten Baker => Terry
Lauren-Marie Taylor => Vickie
Marta Kober => Sandra Dier
Rex Everhart => Enos - Tow Truck Driver (uncredited)
Russell Todd => Scott
Steve Dash => Jason stunt double
Stuart Charno => Ted (as Stu Charno)
Tom McBride => Mark
Walt Gorney => Crazy Ralph
Warrington Gillette => Jason Voorhees

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • At a horror convention in Cherry Hill, New Jersey in 2003, Betsy Palmer said she never appeared in another [Friday the 13th] movie after the first one. Apparently she forgot about this one. Palmer was in Los Angeles at the time Part 2 was filming in Connecticut. She was hired for one day, filmed in front of a black screen.
  • The first Jason scene in the movie is a shot of Jason's legs walking across the street toward Alice's house. This is the only time in the series Jason was played by a woman. Jason's legs belonged to [?] Ellen Lutter, the film's costume designer.
  • The film takes place five years after the first, which was set in 1979 according to Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter. Meaning that this film takes place in 1984. During both summers, both the Friday the 13th's occurred in July making this film take place exactly five years after the events of the first film.
  • The actors stayed in the cabins on-set. [?] John Fury, Bill Randolph and Russell Todd came to Lauren-Marie Taylor's cabin to play a prank on her. They scratched on her screen window and she hyperventilated until she fainted.
  • Body Count: 9. Plus one character presumed dead, but it's unconfirmed. If you count the bodies from the dream sequence recapping the end of the first one, you can add three more to the total body count.
  • Alice and Crazy Ralph, the only two surviving characters from Friday the 13th, who are eventually killed off by Jason, are not mentioned by name at all throughout this sequel.
  • When the filmmakers asked Adrienne King to reprise her role as Alice, she said that she wanted to be on screen for a short period of time because there was an obsessive fan who was stalking her, broke into her apartment, and she feared for her life.
  • Amy Steel has stated that she found shooting the "window scene" to be tedious and mentally trying. The shot required three takes and her frightened reaction is genuine.
  • 48 seconds were cut by the MPAA to avoid an X rating.
  • During the climactic fight between Jason and Ginny, Jason raises the mattock to block Ginny's machete swing. Amy Steel said that during the first take, the timing was wrong and she accidentally hit Steve Dash's finger, causing him to have to go to the emergency room. Steve Dash has photos of him being treated in the ER in his costume, fake machete still stuck through his shoulder. After his finger was stitched up, he returned to set that night and insisted they complete the scene. She said they simply put a condom on his finger and applied make-up to make it look dirty.