June 21, 1981 in UK cinemas: Friday the 13th Part 2

“The body count continues…

Friday_the_13th_Part2-1981Friday the 13th Part 2 is an American slasher film directed by Steve Miner, and the second installment in the Friday the 13th film series. It is a direct sequel to Friday the 13th, picking up five years after that film’s conclusion, where a new murderer stalks and begins murdering the camp counselors at a nearby training camp in Crystal Lake. The film marks the first time Jason Voorhees is the killer; his mother was the killer in the previous film. It also features the brief return of Alice Hardy, who is currently one of the only Friday the 13th heroines to return in a sequel.

Originally, Friday the 13th Part 2 was not intended to be a direct sequel but rather part of an anthology series of films based on the Friday the 13th superstition; however, after the popularity of the original film’s surprise ending where Jason Voorhees attacks the heroine, the filmmakers opted to revive Jason and the mythology surrounding Camp Crystal Lake, a trend which would be repeated in the following films.

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Like the original film, Friday the 13th Part 2 faced opposition from the Motion Picture Association of America, who noted its “accumulative violence” as problematic, resulting in numerous cuts being made to allow an R rating. Although it did not gross as much as the original and still received negative reviews, the sequel grossed over $21.7 million in the United States on a budget of $1.25 million. [Wikipedia]

Watch the trailer on the Paramount Movies You Tube Channel.

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