‘Friday the 13th Part 2’ makes Jason a killer
Following the dazzling, but totally unexpected success of Friday 13e in 1980, producers were eager to make a sequel to a low-budget horror film. Just under a year after vengeful murderer Pamela Voorhees had her head chopped off in the dying moments of the first film, Friday 13e Part 2 arrived in theaters on May 1, 1981.
The filmmakers were faced with a dilemma from the start, with nearly the entire original cast cinematically dead, including the main antagonist, the aforementioned character of Betsy Palmer’s Ms. Voorhees. Director Sean S. Cunningham didn’t like the idea of ââmaking his son, Jason, the new killer. Although it was used in the end of the first movie, jumping out of Crystal Lake and pulling Alice (Adrienne King) out of the canoe she was floating in, Jason was meant to be a figment of her imagination.
Cunningham thought that maybe the next entry could be an entirely new story with no carryover role or connection to the original other than in the title. Dissatisfied with the story’s intended path and his rejected anthology ideas, the filmmaker walked away from the project, passing it on to his friend and collaborator Steve Miner, who would make his directorial debut.
Victor Miller, writer of Friday 13e, had suddenly found itself a popular staple in Hollywood following the film’s success and was now out of the studio’s price bracket. Besides, he had little interest in following up so close to the original and decided to explore other avenues. This opened the door for Ron Kurz, an uncredited co-writer of the original, to write the script for the sequel.
Watch the original trailer for ‘Friday the 13th Part 2’
Friday 13e Part 2 begins a few months after the last one ends, Alice trying to get her life back after the horrific massacre of her friends. One night in her apartment, she opens the fridge only to find Mrs. Voorhees’ decapitated head for which she was responsible and, as she recoils in shock, is stabbed in the temple with an ice pick by an invisible assailant. . Cut to five years later and a whole new team of fresh-faced and training camp counselors arrive at the Packanack Lodge in Crystal Lake, opposite the infamous story doomed and ready for the campfire, where the murders took place. took place half a decade ago.
The characters are the now classic horror movie tropes of horny teenagers, revelers who unwittingly put themselves in an unpleasant situation. Ginny Field, played by Amy Steel, takes Alice’s place as the last honest and morally conscious girl. Her boyfriend Paul (John Furey) is the main camp counselor imploring everyone to walk straight and narrow, a seemingly impossible task. Unaware of any real danger lurking, everyone is looking to drink, get high, get laid and have fun like a skinny bath.
Watch camp counselors tell ghost stories in ‘Friday the 13th, Part 2’
Dressed in an outfit straight out of The city that dreaded the sunset, Jason wears denim overalls, a flannel shirt and a burlap bag over his head with an eye hole and begins removing the counselors one by one, with anyone standing in his way. The drunken town Crazy Ralph, who warned “doomed” children to stay away from campgrounds in both Fridays, is suffocated to death by barbed wire against a tree. The local sheriff’s deputy sees Jason cross the road and chases him into the woods, only to get a claw hammer to his head for his troubles. But it’s the teenagers who are the main draw, especially the ones who get intimate like the careless ones from all those years ago who left Jason to drown while they fornicated. But above all, he intends to avenge the death of his mother.
Jason’s weapons of choice vary, at one point, using a spear to murder a couple having sex, impressively piercing both bodies, the bed, and straight up to the hardwood floor in a scene heavily inspired by Mario Bava. Blood bay a decade earlier. Wheelchair-bound Mark is given a machete in the face on the porch in one of the most memorable killings in the series, with the wheelchair then in the rain and up a long outside staircase – back.
Wielding a pitchfork, Jason chases Paul and Ginny, who have just returned from a night out on the town. The latter stumbles through the killer’s sanctuary to his deceased mother, puts on his blood-soaked sweater and pretends to be Mrs. Voorhees to confuse him. She then buried a machete in Jason’s shoulder, pointedly killing him, only for him to attack her later by leaping through a cabin window without the bag, displaying a horribly disfigured head and face. For some reason, he doesn’t kill her and Ginny is shown the next day being loaded into an ambulance. Paul’s fate remains uncertain. The final scene lingers on Mrs. Voorhees’ altar with the bodies of the deceased victims strewn about. Fortunately, a last hit of cheese where the head opens its eyes and smiles has been decided.
Watch Jason attack Ginny in ‘Friday the 13th Part 2’
Stuntman Warrington Gillette took on the role of Jason, sitting in a makeup chair for seven and a half hours to have his face distorted for the climax where he crashed out of the window. The scene was filmed very early on and he left the film after only two weeks, to be replaced by actor Steve Daskawisz, who suffered a fair amount of injuries, including a broken rib and nearly lost his middle finger when it was cut by Steel with a real machete. After all of that, he faced the ignominy of being called in the final titles âJason Stunt Double,â as Gillette wouldn’t relinquish the rights or share Jason’s credit.
Shot in the small town of Kent, Connecticut, Friday 13e Part 2 wasn’t the most enjoyable shoot as it turned to fall in 1980 and the weather had started to change. Most of the scenes took place in the cold of the night and there was no heat in the cabins where the cast and crew were staying. At one point, the former staged a labor strike to protest the conditions and was eventually transferred to a hotel.
After filming was completed, the film was submitted to the Motion Picture Association of America 10 times for an R rating instead of an X. A minute of footage in total was cut, almost all of the shots. crucial violence, leaving many horror fans to criticize the film for its lack of blood. Ironically, the rigor imposed by the MPAA is seen as some kind of measured response to the backlash of the graphic nature of Friday 13e received. Reduced blood and guts wouldn’t be the only complaint, as some have noted Friday 13e Part 2 looks more like a remake than a sequel overall. It reproduces much of the original thematically, but with better acting, better cinematography, and on a large scale is much more visually appealing because it was on a higher budget.
The film cost $ 6.4 million in its opening weekend, but didn’t have the resistance of its predecessor and ultimately grossed less than $ 22 million. None of this put the brakes on film franchise plans, with the upcoming Friday 13e installment published the following summer.