Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) (Blu-ray Review)

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Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Steve Miner
Starring:  Betsy Palmer, Amy Steel, John Furey
Rated: R/Region: A/1X78/1080p/Number of disc: 1
Available from Paramount

plot

Mrs. Voorhees is dead, and Camp Crystal Lake is shut down, but a camp next to the infamous place is stalked by an unknown assailant. Is it Mrs. Voorhees’ son Jason who didn’t drown in the lake some 30 years before?

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So we have the first movie here with Jason as our actual killer and here he has the elephant man look instead of the hockey mask. Careful observation here shows that Jason isn’t at all acting like he’d later be known to act and that is something I was very critical about in another Friday film when I originally reviewed the series. Still, I really enjoy this film and its faster pace and better characters. Ginny never does really seem like your typical final girl, even if by all accounts she actually is a blue print for it. And the rest of the characters seem to have their own little gimmicks and personality traits. That means we enjoy ourselves a lot in between the kills, which is good since the kills are still cut all to hell here.

While the formula would be done to death, Friday the 13th part 2, does pack a very cool and mystical atmosphere. Already at this point the films were starting to get just a bit campier and you can’t help but enjoy it if you are a fan of the franchise or slashers, even with it apparently being Jason in training in a lot of ways. The movie has some confusing moments, like with the dog Muffin, but what 80s slasher made perfect sense? As a sequel, this movie stands up will against the original and many others to come. I just wish one of these days we can get all of these movies uncut, because this is a fine slasher that would be all that much better with its content fully intact.

Extras

– Inside Crystal Lake Memories (HD)
– Lost Tales from Camp Blood part 2 (HD)
– Friday’s Legacy – Horror Conventions
– Jason Forever
– Theatrical Trailer (HD)

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