The Whole Muffin Thing in Friday the 13th Part 2

Before you read anything else..YES, we have lots of spoilers.

Today I revisited Friday the 13th part 2. I decided to do this since I just got the blu-ray of it, and after watching it again there is just one thing that sticks out like a sore and confusing thumb to me…And no, I’m not talking about the opening scenes where Jason apparently finds our survivor from the last film by somehow knowing where she was staying and walking there. I am talking about that damn dog, Muffin.

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Muffin was the pet of Terry in the first sequel to Friday the 13th and like her owner she apparently met her demise in the woods when she ran across the sack head version of Jason. One moment we see her run into Jason like this…

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And the next time we see this…

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I don’t know about you, but that sure looks like Muffin to me. I mean it would only seem natural. Jason kills people old and young, so why not pets? Maybe he hates cute dogs? So for a good portion of the film we know that Muffin is dead and we seem rather ok with this information. After all, we DID see our surviving girl from the first film taken out before the opening credits, so why should a dog we barely knew bother us? Then the movie goes and pulls an odd twist on us at the very end.

After our final girl, Ginny, saves her boyfriend by planting a blade in the side of Jason’s shoulder/neck area they go to a cabin where they then hear something, expecting that perhaps its Jason and he isn’t dead. They go to the door waiting to ambush whatever danger is there and this happens…

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That is Muffin, folks. Either she is back from the dead or she’s undead. It has to be one or the other right? I mean what would be the odds of a dog looking just like Muffin being found dead in the woods? I didn’t know the woods by the camp were apparently located in Pet Semetary. As awkward as this whole scenario is the answer could open up a can of worms and form a debate we could never really know an answer to.

Was Muffin being alive a continuity error and a MAJOR one at that? Or were the closing moments of the film a dream of some sort by Ginny? And if it was, why would Muffin’s sudden re-appearance be in her dream since Muffin wasn’t even hers? This jump scare role could have been a cat, a stray animal, a possum, or a raccoon. Instead they used the thought to have been killed Muffin? I know slashers don’t always make sense and Friday the 13th has a long history of confusing elements but this one takes the cake for me.

What do you guys think?