F is for Friday the 13th!
Friday the 13th Part 2 (Paramount, 1981)
Before the Camera:
Amy Steel (April Fool's Day '86)
John Furey (Island Claws)
Stu Charno (Christine)
Kristen Baker (Gas Pump Girls)
Tom McBride (Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins)
Marta Kober (School Spirit)
Bill Randolph (Dressed to Kill)
Lauren-Marie Taylor (Girls Nite Out)
Russell Todd (Chopping Mall)
Steve Daskawicz (Alone in the Dark '82)
Warrington Gillette (Time Walker)
Walt Gorney (Friday the 13th)
Betsy Palmer (Friday the 13th)
Adrienne King (Friday the 13th)
Behind the Camera:
Directed by Steve Miner
Produced by Frank Mancuso, Jr.
Written by Ron Kurz
from characters created by Victor Miller
In the summer of 1980, Paramount hit the jackpot by picking up an independently made horror movie called Friday the 13th. The movie made the company a great deal of money, and so a year later no one was too surprised when a sequel appeared. As the movie fades in, it is two months since the events of the first movie, and we are delighted to see Alice (King) again. She has either stayed on in the town of Crystal Lake, or returned – trying to exorcize the demons that have plagued her since she beheaded Mrs. Voorhees – the batcrap crazy psycho who offed all of her friends on that stormy Friday, June 13th - through a therapy combining her art, arguing with her mom on the phone, short showers, hot tea, and possibly ice sculpture. I am basing that solely on what we see in the opening minutes of the movie – but before we can learn any more – someone shows up and enters Alice’s temple. No, not that, you dirty bird! And there’s no worship going on either. No, I’m afraid Alice – given the last name Hardy in one of the novelizations – doesn’t live up to that last name, checking out of the second movie in the opening minutes after the intruder gets picky with her.
|The marshmallows aren't the only things that |
are toast in this pic...
|Amy, no, it's not 3-D until the next movie!|
The director chair for this entry was offered to Sean Cunningham, but he said no as he was trying to work away from the horror genre at that time. So Paramount hired Steve Miner – who had acted as Unit Production Manager on the first movie to take over the reins for this one. Miner does well with his directorial debut, making a worthy sequel to a fine first film. At the time of its production Miner was quoted as saying in Fangoria magazine that Part 2 would be “…more of the same, only better.” I wouldn’t go that far – the first movie has a really rough edged charm that is a little lost in this more slickly made sequel, but in the end it’s a fine entry. There are some story issues, starting with the choice of new killer to take over for the undeniably dead Mrs. Voorhees – while Jason would slaughter his way into the Horror Hall of Fame – there are some questions left by the movie, which just kind of deposits him in the woods and takes off.
|Jason really PICKS his weapons carefully in this one..|
All right - I'm going to wax long and eloquently about Jason Voorhees for a while - not interested? Keep not reading until you see the "Let's Get Out of Here ?" section - you're clear for regular review from there down.
There is a scene in the second half of the movie where a tipsy Ginny talks about her theories on Jason to a disbelieving Paul and Ted, but she is more concerned with what he’s become than how he managed to make it happen.
As I asked in my series retrospective series – we are supposed to believe Jason climbed out of the lake as a young man in 1957, and was unable to find his mom or something. Eventually, now almost thirty years later – remember, this is 1985 as far as the story goes – Jason has become this feral creature living in the woods, killing his food and taking violent umbrage at anyone trespassing on what he considers the memorial garden for his late momma. Having spent some time thinking about this since I posted that in October – I actually can explain how we get a fully grown living Jason seeing his mom killed and taking up her murderous mantle thereafter.
|"Oh crap I'm glad Jason's not here to see this!"|
So let’s say Mrs. Voorhees – later established as Pamela via a gravestone spotted in part 4 – didn’t live in Crystal Lake. Suppose she spent the fall, winter, and spring months living somewhere else. So, she comes and works for the Christys as the camp cook for however many years, then loses her son in that swimming accident. Not knowing that the young man washed ashore in one of the more remote areas of the lake, a mourning Pam packs up and heads out. She spends a year seething with hatred, and the next year returns to the area – not to cook for the camp’s kids, but to cook the geese of the two counselors who didn't keep a closer eye on little Jason. In the meantime, Jason, taught some rudimentary survival skills by his mom, has followed his mom's orders after climbing out of the lake - he finds shelter, eats some twigs and berries, and avoids contact with anyone else in the world while he waits for his mom to come get him. But she thinks he's dead, and other than a few late night excursions back to the camp to poison the well or to set a fire or three - she stays away from the area. Years pass. Jason grows up, improves his living conditions slightly, and is still waiting for Mrs. V to come rolling up in her beloved Jeep. Then, in June 1980, she comes back and goes on a killing spree on Friday the 13th. During her travels hither and yon around the lake as she claims victims, Jason runs across her - but he is too scared to contact her - she must be VERY mad that it's taken so long to find him - as she keeps hacking everyone she comes across to death. So, a frightened Jason hangs back but stalks his mom even as she is stalking her victims. That night, before he can work up the nerve to show himself to her and accept the stern reprimand and spanking he knows he's going to get - Pamela loses her head in the final battle with Alice - literally - as in decapitated, man - right in front of her son, out of sight but watching nearby. After Alice floats out on her boat trip, Jason creeps up and takes his mom's head, running off back to his shack in the woods where he starts building the shrine to his mom's noggin. A couple of months later he goes after Alice, and then five years after that Part 2 gets going in earnest...
|It's almost like she's just sleeping...|
Now all that does provide what I think is a reasonable explanation for how we get from Part 1 to Part 2, except for one thing: how Jason figures out Alice is staying in town and where she is. But I've done my part - I'll leave it to others who are fans of the series to pick up this ball and run with it. To finish, then - Jason did not drown in 1957. The attack on Alice's canoe at the end of the first movie is a dream. Jason is alive and grown in this movie, and alive in Parts 3 and 4. He finally buys it when Tommy Jarvis goes medieval on him at the end of 4, and after recuperating through part 5, he returns in zombie form for parts 6-11. That's my theory and I'm stickin' to it.
By the way - if you loved this post and want to read a whole bunch more of my natterings about this series - here's the links to the three part blogtrospective:
Voorhees a Jolly Good Fellow! (Part 1)
Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Blogtrospective Part 2! (er...Part 2)
Jason Goes to Hell in a Handbasket: The Final Friday Blog! (Part 3)
Let's Get Out of Here ?
At right around the 18:00 mark, Ted doesn't want to talk about Camp Blood.
Eye Candy ?
Oh my yes!
|Why yes, that is me and Amy Steel together!|
The wonderfully cheeky Kirsten Baker!
And a shout out to already inducted Adrienne King!
Welcome aboard, Amy and Kirsten! Hey Adrienne!
Buddha Man's Capsule Review
|Buddha Man says "Friday the 13th Part 2 is is surprisingly good |
despite a distinct lack of hockey mask!"
"G" I hope you'll come back for tomorrow's post, and until then, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!