Friday the 13th Part 2

1981

Friday the 13th Part 2

Critics Consensus

Friday the 13th Part 2 sets the template for the franchise to follow with more teen victims, more gruesome set pieces, and fewer reasons to keep following along.

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Total Count: 42

48%

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Two months after the events of the original Friday the 13th, Alice (Adrienne King), the lone survivor or Mrs. Vorhees' killing spree, meets a grisly end in her city apartment. Five years later, a new group of co-eds converges near Camp Crystal Lake, scene of the original massacre and the drowning of Jason Vorhees that preceded it. This time around, the horny collegians attend a nearby training school for camp counselors. As half the group parties in town, an unseen assailant picks off the other half one by one. Only when camp leader Paul (John Furey) and his girlfriend, Ginny (Amy Steel), return to camp do they uncover the identity of their stalker -- none other than Jason (Warrington Gillette) himself, alive but grotesquely deformed as a result of his childhood drowning. Flashbacks chronicle Jason's behind-the-scenes activities in the first film (perhaps explaining how his mother was able to throw the dead bodies of muscular youths through windows with such apparent ease). The young couple's only hope to defeat the fiend lies in psych major Ginny's insights in Jason's mental state. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Friday the 13th Part 2

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (5)

  • The plot is an excuse for joining together horrors, all of the sado-masochist kind, and the acting is rudimentary at best. It probably will make a fortune.

    Feb 8, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Director Steve Miner and writer Ron Kurz introduce more potential victims than they have time or invention to knock off.

    Feb 8, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Producer-director Steve Miner doesn't move in and out of scenes with the flair of original producer-director Sean Cunningham nor is he able to create the same nauseatingly realistic murder situations.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

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  • This first sequel to Friday the 13th opens with mild panache... The script then jumps five years, assembles a new set of victims at the summer camp, and repeats the gory carnage as before.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • This movie is a cross between the Mad Slasher and Dead teenager genres; about two dozen movies a year feature a mad killer going berserk, and they're all about as bad as this one.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…
  • One monster's company, II's a crowd.

    Mar 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Friday the 13th Part 2

  • May 07, 2016
    The beginning of Jason's killing spree in part 2 and it's just more of the same but different teens to kill, The movie has allot of plot holes, Like did he really drown in the lake, His age makes no sense too, But I've come to my own understanding that he didn't drown in the lake as no body was recoverd and he lived in the woods for 20+ years that explains how he saw his mum die and his age, And the end of the first film where Jason comes out the lake as a boy was a dream.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 20, 2016
    Solid horror film, worth checking out if you're a fan of slashers.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 30, 2015
    After a long recap of the first movie and impressive long takes in a tense opening scene, this equally brainless sequel just follows the formula of its predecessor - only with more fun gore -, helping define the now well-known clichés of the genre including an indestructible villain.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 18, 2013
    Terror returns to Crystal Lake in Friday the 13th Part 2. When a new group of counselors gear up to open a new camp at Crystal Lake, local urban legend Jason Voorhees comes out of the woods and goes on a murdering rampage. The story is pretty thin and is full of plot holes; especially the ending (which completely falls apart). However, the directing does a pretty effective job at building tension and suspense; particularly given the relatively low level of blood and gore. While there are a number of problems with Friday the 13th Part 2, it's still a chilling horror film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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