January 13th, 2012: Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

Cast and Crew:  Steve Miner (Director); Harry Manfredini (Score)

What It’s About: Five years after the massacre at Camp Crystal Lake, a masked assailant stalks and kills counselors at a counselor training center near the camp, which is once again abandoned.  Mrs. Voorhees is long dead.  Could her son Jason have survived to kill all who come near the camp and will anyone survive long enough to find out? 

Why Watch it Today?: Today is Friday the 13th, a famously unlucky day.   While the original Friday the 13th may have proved all you needed to make truckloads of cash at the box office was a gaggle of unknown actors, gore, and the barest amount of suspense and production values, it was Friday the 13th Part 2 which really set the series’s completely brain-dead formula, the one most imitated thereafter:  a killer with a nonsensical campfire tale backstory, no mystery, little suspense, and teenagers or young adults murdered and stacked up like firewood.

Where to Get It: Netflix (Rental Only)

Other Choices:  If you don’t like slasher films, it’s also Robert Stack’s birthday.  Why not watch Airplane! or 1941?

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2 comments on “January 13th, 2012: Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

  1. theelderj says:

    True story: one of our daughter’s caregivers looks just like Mrs. Vorhees. (I know, I know, this post was about the sequel.) The little trouble machine is at daycare right now, should I be afraid, today of all days?

    • professormortis says:

      She’s probably safe. Mrs. Vorhees seems to only hate teenagers and young adults (okay, and camp owners), but I’d keep an eye on her.

      Also: freaky.

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