Saturday, October 26, 2013

Day 15: 31 Days of Horror: Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

Friday the 13th Part 2 is a mindless horror movie, but it's still fun to watch. It's the first appearance of Jason Voorhees when he's the killer. Spoiler alert for those who have not watched the first part that came out in 1980, Jason was not the original killer of the series, he's just the one most talked about.

Part 2 follows around a group of more unsuspecting camp counselors. These counselors are not at Camp Crystal Lake, since it was shut down after the multiple murders, which had occurred there five years prior. The new camp is not very far from Camp Crystal Lake, but no one seems to be all that freaked out about the legend of Jason Voorhees. One by one, the camp counselors are brutally killed off.

Part 2 really does not make sense to me. If Jason didn't drown and die in the lake, then why did he jump out of the water as a dead, drowned little boy at the end of Part 1? Made me think that Jason did drown in the lake, but because of his death, he was still able to haunt the lake. Then, another question arises, if he is a ghost boy haunting the lake, then how did he all of a sudden age into a grown man with a short span of time? I'm just going to assume that he's a boogieman, who somehow, after witnessing the death of his mother, was able to rapidly age and come back to life and murder a bunch of camp counselors, thus avenging her death. Or maybe he just becomes an adult because it'd be too messed up to watch a little drowned boy slaughtering a bunch of people.

I really like the beginning of this film and how it does a flashback of what had occurred in the prior movie. I also liked when the shrine of the mother was found in a little shack in the woods. The bag over his head was creepy to begin with, but I think that the reveal of his real face was even creepier. I think Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers are scarier than Jason, but I wouldn't want to come face to face with him ever. 


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