Friday the 13th: Part 2 Review

Just to note, the kid in the wheelchair is screwed the minute he’s on screen. It’s hard to know whether that’s supposed to make Jason appear completely maniacal, the film politically correct, or generate additional laughs as the lifeless body plops down a set of stairs after the kid is killed.

But hey, at least the token black guys makes it out okay.

Friday the 13th is a rather terrible sequel that takes approximately… (calculating)… zero risks. It’s the same movie, replacing Pamela Vorhees with her drowned, deformed son. A new batch of camp counselors appear five years after her rampage, now tormented by a guy wearing a bag on his head (the mask came later).

That’s it. Part 2 offers nothing of value. New director Steve Miner takes up the majority of the screen time with shots from inside the trees (Jason’s perspective), or on the killer’s feet as he stalks. The latter shot opens the film, following a small child across the street. That’s creepy. Repeating that shot countless times is not.

Part 2 ups the nudity content, and delivers some relatively mundane kills. Aside from the poor sucker in the wheelchair, none of them are particularly memorable, and the ending set up is such a blatant rip-off of the first Friday the 13th, anyone who does not see it coming didn’t see the first one. Talk of gorier deleted scenes, both at the hands of Paramount and the MPAA are well known. They haven’t surfaced, and probably wouldn’t have helped anyway.

After Jason stalks the random kid in the streets at the opening of the film, the audience moves into an apartment owned by Adrienne King, the only survivor of the Crystal Lake massacre five years prior. She’s dreaming, one of those movie dreams that serves as an excuse to insert footage from the first movie.

It’s padding, and poor padding at that, serving to cheaply extend the length of a film that might not have made the required the runtime without it. That’s how creatively bankrupt this sequel is.

Movie ★☆☆☆☆ 

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While there are some problems with this AVC-encoded transfer, this is a strong presentation for an otherwise awful movie. Colors and bright and rich, although some of the reds cause noise problems beginning at the 26 minute mark. Contrast is bright and full, and deep blacks create a fine sense of depth. There are some brief instances of black crush.

Detail is flat throughout (although reasonable all things considered), including limited facial textures. Sharpness is high, and grain is left alone without causing problems with the encode. The source is nearly pristine, with only a few barely noticeable specs. Flesh tones are accurate.

Video ★★★☆☆ 

A TrueHD mix is limited, and almost entirely settled into the front channels. A thunderstorm late into the film does envelope the sound field with rain, and it is surprisingly crisp in terms of fidelity. Most of the track is surprisingly, including dialogue and the creepy music. Still, there is almost no directionality to speak of, leaving this as more of a stereo track than 5.1.

Audio ★★★☆☆ 

Inside Crystal Lake Memories is an interview with author Peter Bracke, who wrote a book on the series. There are small tidbits about the film tossed around, and of course promotion for the book itself.

Friday’s Legacy: Horror Conventions is a fine look at the convention scene, with interviews from all involved, including fans. Lost Takes from Camp Blood Part 2 is a continuation of the short from the first film which isn’t explained for newcomers. They might as well be fan films. Jason Forever is a convention panel with the four guys (up to 2004) who had played Jason in the films. Good stuff, although most of these extras do not focus on the second film.

Extras ★★★☆☆ 

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