Taglines: 2x The Fear… 2x The Carnage… 2x The Terror!
After killing Mrs. Voorhees, who was avenging her son Jason’s death, Alice Hardy can finally sigh with relief. But there is just one problem. Jason never drowned at Camp Crystal Lake and lived in the nearby woods as a hermit all this time. The day that Alice beheaded his mother, Jason saw everything and his heart filled with thirst for revenge.
Two months later, Alice gets stabbed by an ice pick in the temple and disappears. Is Jason behind this? Five years later, a camp next do to Camp Crystal Lake is built and the counselors start snooping around the old, abandoned camp ruins. This makes Jason very upset, since his shack is next to the remains of Camp Crystal Lake and what is inside the shack shall be kept secret forever, even if it means killing nine people!
Friday the 13th Part 2 is an 1981 American slasher film directed by Steve Miner, and the second installment in the Friday the 13th film series. It is a direct sequel to Friday the 13th, picking up five years after that film’s conclusion, where a new murderer stalks and begins murdering the camp counselors at a nearby training camp in Crystal Lake. The film marks the first time Jason Voorhees is the killer; his mother was the killer in the previous film. It also features the brief return of Alice Hardy, who is currently one of the only Friday the 13th heroines to return in a sequel.
Originally, Friday the 13th Part 2 was not intended to be a direct sequel but rather part of an anthology series of films based on the Friday the 13th superstition; however, after the popularity of the original film’s surprise ending where Jason Voorhees attacks the heroine, the filmmakers opted to revive Jason and the mythology surrounding Camp Crystal Lake, a trend which would be repeated in the following films.
Like the original film, Friday the 13th Part 2 faced opposition from the Motion Picture Association of America, who noted its “accumulative violence” as problematic, resulting in numerous cuts being made to allow an R rating. The film was released theatrically in North America on April 30, 1981. Although it did not gross as much as the original, the sequel grossed over $21.7 million in the United States on a budget of $1.25 million.
About the Story
Two months after the Camp Crystal Lake massacre, sole survivor Alice Hardy is recovering from her traumatic experience. She has returned to the town of Crystal Lake to try and deal with her trauma. One day in her apartment, she finds the decapitated head of Pamela Voorhees in her refrigerator, before getting murdered by an unseen adult Jason Voorhees with an ice pick.
Five years later, Paul Holt hosts a camp-counselor training camp at a building near Crystal Lake, attended by lovers Jeff and Sandra, troublemaker Scott, his girlfriend Terry, wheelchair-bound Mark, sweet-natured Vickie, jokester Ted, and Paul’s assistant and girlfriend Ginny, as well as numerous unnamed counselor trainees. At the campfire that night, Paul tells them the legend of Jason to scare the other counselors from entering Camp Crystal Lake.
As he and Ted orchestrate a prank to scare the camp counselors by having Ted appear out of nowhere with a mask and a spear, he reassures the counselors that Jason is dead, and that Camp Crystal Lake is off limits and they should refrain from the site during their stay at the lodge (obviously the Original campsite is a short walk away). That night, the elderly “Crazy” Ralph wanders onto the property to warn the group, but is garroted from behind by Jason.
The next day, Jeff and Sandra attempt to go to Camp Crystal Lake upon finding a killed dog, before getting caught by the sheriff and return to the camp. Later, the sheriff spots Jason, revealed to be wearing a burlap sack to conceal his identity, and chases him into the woods. When he finds a rundown shack that he enters, he discovers something horrifying inside before getting killed by Jason with a hammer.
Back at camp, Paul offers the others one last night on the town before the intensive training begins, but out of the named counselors, only Ginny and Ted accept his offer. Jeff and Sandra are forced to stay behind as punishment for sneaking off to the site of the original murders. At a bar, Ginny muses that if Jason were still alive and witnessed his mother’s death, it may have left him with no distinction between life and death, right or wrong. Paul however scoffs at the idea, proclaiming that Jason is nothing but an urban legend.
Meanwhile, Jason begins to murder the remaining camp counselors. Ginny suspects something is wrong when she and Paul return to find the lights out and the place in disarray. In the darkness, Jason ambushes Paul before he then chases Ginny throughout the camp and into the woods, where she comes across his shack.
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
Directed by: Steve Miner
Starring: Betsy Palmer, Amy Steel, John Furey, Adrienne King, Kirsten Baker, Stuart Charno, Warrington Gillette, Marta Kober
Screenplay by: Ron Kurz, Victor Miller
Production Design by: Virginia Field
Cinematography by: Peter Stein
Film Editing by: Susan E. Cunningham
Costume Design by: Ellen Lutter
Art Direction by: Robert Topol
Music by: Harry Manfredini
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: April 30, 1981