It’s another Friday the 13th week folks! It’s time to celebrate a series of films that defined horror for a generation of weirdos such as myself. These films had it all, bad acting, bloody and ridiculous murders, boobs and most importantly other boobs. We will be celebrating all of these movies today as a show of respect to their contribution to the horror genre. These films were tailor made for the 1980’s slasher films and were all made with the purely artistic intention of making all the money while spending none to make them.
A year after the first Friday the 13th made a crap ton of money for a $7 investment, the people who made the movie decided “Hey, let’s do that again!”. Making money is something that most people will throw artistic merit right out the window for and rightly so. Money is awesome.
One problem, how do you make a sequel to a movie where you killed the main bad guy (gal)? Also you did it in a way where the crowd was pretty sure you couldn’t get her back. You bring in her supposedly dead son! When we last left Jason he was somehow a boy jumping out of the lake onto our last heroine Alice, so this would take some pretty tricky writing and an elaborate back story to make sense of how he was suddenly an adult now and on a murder spree…What’s that? They didn’t do any of that and just made the movie with no real explanation? Never change Friday the 13th.
Release Date: April 30, 1981
Budget: 1.25 Million
Box Office: 21.7 Million
Back story and Plot: We open this portion of our saga on our heroine from the first film Alice as she takes a shower and is then murdered 2 minutes into the movie. Sad ending for Alice, she fought so hard and yet somehow this man who had never left the lake in his life to that point (we assume) was able to find her, sneak in like a ninja and murder her with no warning. Oh well, she didn’t figure into the plot anyway.
Luckily they decided not to open a summer camp where gruesome murders had taken place again, that would be ridiculous. They opened a TRAINING CAMP FOR COUNSELORS INSTEAD. Yep, they decided to train people to do a job in the most famously bad place to do that particular job.
Alas Jason shows up and ruined the poorly thought out plan of our heroes. Since the budget was so low, half the counselors got to survive by going to town and drinking. If you are going to survive a mass murderer a bar seems like a good place to do so. So for the poor people who are left they get to face the one and only appearance (in the original films) of BAGHEAD JASON. This version of Jason is skinny as hell and wears, you guessed it, a bag on his head with one eye cut out. His path of rage to avenge the death of his murder (that he totally saw some how you guys) drives the always intricate plot forward. (Better than the plot itself, he puts a machete through a guy in a wheelchairs face and rolls down the world’s longest set of stairs….awesome)
Survivor Girl: Ginny Field (and various drunk people…and maybe Paul)
Ginny starts the movie a lot more on the self reliant side than Alice did in the previous movie. The fact that she’s pregnant and they kinda gloss over that fact may be the reason. Ginny also has glorious feathery hair, which at this point maybe Voorhees Kryptonite.
How’d she survive?
Jason is an idiot. Well, I guess i’ll explain further. Backwoods yokel Jason had a shrine built to his mother in his dilapidated shack in the woods. On this particular shrine he had the usual stuff, dead bodies, candles, incense, her old sweater, her head. You know, just stuff for a shrine. To make a long story short, Ginny put on this old ass sweater and dummy Jason thought it was his Momma…right until the machete shot to the shoulder. As her and Paul are in a cabin at the end an unmasked Jason (UGLY BASTARD) jumps through a window and she wakes up in an ambulance asking about Paul.
An Idiot’s Opinion: This was an OK movie. Once you wrap your head around a damn training camp being built on a murder site it becomes a fun little slasher flick. This would be the only time we would see skinny Jason, by the next day (Part 3 is Saturday the 14th and Part 4 is Sunday the 15th, yeah same area, they deserve it) he has put on tremendous muscle mass and even picks up a new facial accessory. This movie had some great kills and kept the money train rolling for Paramount and company so as we all know…more to come.
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