REVIEW: FRIDAY THE 13TH – PART 2

CAST

Amy STeel (April Fools Day)
John Furey (Flight 93)
Adrienne King (Hair)
Kirsten Baker (Gas Pump Girls)
Betsy Palmer (Queen Bee)
Walt Gorney (Trading Places)

Two months after the events of the first film, Alice Hardy, the sole survivor of the 1979 killing spree, is recovering from her trauma. In her apartment, she finds the head of Pamela Voorhees in her refrigerator and is brutally murdered by Jason Voorhees (whose face isn’t shown) with an ice pick to her temple.

Five years later, Paul Holt hosts a camp-counselor training camp at a building near Crystal Lake. Included among the counselor hopefuls are lovers Jeff and Sandra, troublemaker Scott, sporty Terry, wheelchair-bound Mark, sweet-natured Vickie, jokester Ted, and Paul’s assistant, Ginny. At the campfire that night, Paul tells them the legend of Jason Voorhees to scare the other counselors from entering Camp Crystal Lake. That night, local character Crazy Ralph wanders onto the property to warn the kids, but is garroted with barbed wire by Jason. The next day, Jeff and Sandra go to Camp Crystal Lake and find a recently-killed animal that looks like Terry’s dog, Muffin. They are discovered trespassing by the sheriff and returned to the camp. As he is leaving, the sheriff spots Jason on the road and chases him into the woods, coming across a run-down shack. As he investigates, he discovers a sight that horrifies him, moments before he is killed by a hammer claw to his skull.

Back at camp, trainer Paul offers the others “one last night on the town”, but makes Jeff and Sandra remain behind as punishment for their earlier excursion. Terry stays behind to look for Muffin, Scott stays behind to flirt with Terry, Mark doesn’t want to go, and Vickie decides to stay with Mark. Terry goes swimming and Scott plays a prank on her by stealing her clothes. He gets caught in a rope trap and while he is hanging upside down from a tree (and Terry goes to find a knife to cut him down), Jason slits Scott’s throat with a machete. Terry returns to find the hanging body and is then attacked off-screen.

At a noisy bar in the nearby town, Ginny muses aloud that if Jason were still alive, he would have turned into a feral man, having witnessed his mother’s death. Back at the camp, while Mark is waiting for Vickie to finish getting ready for their lovemaking, he is murdered with a machete to the face and his wheelchair is pushed down the long flight of outdoor stairs. Jason then moves upstairs and impales Jeff and Sandra with a spear as they are having sex. Vickie returns and comes across her friends’ bodies, before she is stabbed by Jason, who is wearing a burlap sack to conceal his face.

Ginny suspects something is wrong when she and Paul return to find the lights out and the place in disarray. Jason creeps through the dark and attacks Paul before turning on Ginny who runs in terror. She is chased through some of the cabins before fleeing into the woods, and eventually comes across the old shack. After barricading herself inside, she finds a rough altar with Pamela Voorhees’s decomposing head on it, surrounded by a pile of Jason’s victims. Realizing that Jason is the killer, Ginny quickly puts on Pamela’s sweater and tries to convince Jason that she is his mother. The ruse fails when he spots his mother’s head on the altar and attacks Ginny. Paul suddenly intervenes and attacks Jason but is quickly overwhelmed. Just as Jason is about to kill Paul, Ginny picks up the machete and slams it down into the murderer’s shoulder, seemingly killing him.

Paul and Ginny return to the cabin and are greeted at the cabin door by Muffin the dog, alive and well. Just as they feel at ease, Jason bursts through the cabin window behind Ginny, unmasked, and tries to drag her out. She then awakens, being loaded into an ambulance, calling out to Paul, who is nowhere to be seen. Meanwhile, back at the shack in the woods, Pamela’s head remains on its altar.

This is a very good, and possibly one of the best sequels in the series, enjoyable, fast moving, and even quite scary at times, for the quick turn around in making this, it is a much better movie than could’ve been expected. The DPP weren’t as happy with it obviously as it joined the first film on the Section 3 nasty list

REVIEW: FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980)

 

CAST

Adrienne King (Hair)
Betsy Palmer (Queen Bee)
Kevin Bacon (A Few Good Men)
Jeannine Taylor (The Royal Romance)
Robbi Morgan (Forbidden Love)
Rex Everhart (Running Out)
Walt Gorney (Trading Places)

In the summer of 1958, two camp counselors, Barry and Claudette, sneak away from a campfire to have sex. An unknown assailant follows them and is recognized before brutally attacking and killing them.

Twenty-one years later, Annie arrives at the town of Crystal Lake asking for a ride out to the camp. Despite warnings from the town crazy, Ralph, about “camp blood”, a truck driver gives her a ride. On the way he too warns her of a death curse supposedly on the camp after a drowning in 1957, two murders in 1958, and several non-fatal incidents following that. She heeds his warning but cannot back out. He drops her off halfway to the camp, and she finds a ride in a Jeep. She becomes panicked when the unspeaking driver drives past the camp’s entrance and she tries to flee, but the driver surprises her in the forest and slashes her throat. Meanwhile, three new counselors, Marcie, Ned, and Jack, arrive at the camp and meet the camp’s owner, Steve Christy, two of his hands, Bill and Alice, and another counselor, Brenda. After setting them up, Steve leaves for supplies. The sheriff arrives shortly after, looking for Crazy Ralph, who appears shortly after he leaves, disturbing them by proclaiming they are “all doomed” before leaving.

As a storm rolls in, Ned spots someone in one of the cabins and investigates. Meanwhile, Marcie tells Jack about a recurring dream of rain turning into blood. As the storm moves in on them, they go to a nearby cabin to have sex, unaware that Ned is in the upper bunk, dead from a slashed throat. After Marcie leaves the cabin to wash up, Jack is impaled in bed, and someone kills Marcie in the bathroom with an axe. Bill, Alice, and Brenda are playing strip Monopoly when Brenda realizes her cabin windows are open and returns to her cabin. Once there, she hears what sounds like a child calling for help and is lured out onto the archery range where she is killed. At the main cabin, Alice hears Brenda’s screams; she and Bill go searching for their friends, but, discovering the axe in a bunk, are left with more questions than answers. Bill convinces Alice that it is a prank, and they return to the cabin. Meanwhile, Steve returns to the camp on foot and recognizes someone at the entrance before being stabbed and killed. The attacker then turns off the generator, and Bill leaves alone to fix it.

Alice awakens sometime later and goes searching for Bill, only to find his body pinned to the generator room door by arrows. She flees back to the main cabin, and Brenda’s body is hurled through the window from outside. A jeep pulls up and Alice runs out for help, encountering a woman named Mrs. Voorhees, an “old friend of the Christy family.” Mrs. Voorhees sees Brenda’s body and recalls losing her own son Jason, who drowned in 1957 because the counselors watching him were having sex and not paying attention. She then grows unstable and pulls a bowie knife on Alice and attacks her with it. Alice bludgeons her with a fireplace poker and runs out of the cabin, discovering Annie and Steve’s bodies as she flees. Mrs. Voorhees finds her again, and again Alice escapes, eventually hitting Voorhees with a frying pan, so hard that this time she believes she is dead. By the lake Mrs. Voorhees attacks Alice again with a machete. After a violent battle on the beach, Alice gains control and decapitates her attacker. Stricken with shock, Alice then pushes a canoe out onto the lake and falls asleep in it.
The next morning, police investigating see Alice on the lake and call to her. Suddenly, the decomposing body of Jason leaps from the lake, dragging her under the water. She wakes in the hospital, having recalled the murders and the boy in the lake, but the sheriff claims they did not find any boy. After a pause of confusion she then proclaims that “he’s still there” before the camera returns to the lake, now at peace.

The One that started it all as well as kickstarting Kevin Bacons career.A Brilliant Atmospheric Slasher with That Double Belter of a conclusion.

REVIEW: HIS NAME WAS JASON: 30 YEARS OF FRIDAY THE 13TH

CAST

Erich Anderson (Unfaithful)
Diane Almeida (A Family For Joe)
Judie Aronson (Weird Science)
Diana Borrows (Naked Killer)
Richard Brooker (Deathstalker)
Chuck Campbell (Sanctuary)
Gloria Charles (Brewster’s Millions)
Stuart Charno (Christine)
Seth Green (Family Guy)
Kane Hodder (Seven)
Adrienne King (Hair)
Ken Kirzinger (Stan Helsing)
Derek Mears (Predators)
Nick Mennell (My Little Eye)
Betsy Palmer (The Fear: Resurrection)
Peter Mark richman (The Naked Gun 2 1/2)
Amanda Righetti (The Mentalist)
Lisa Ryder (Andromeda)
Amy Steel (April Fool’s Day)
Travis Van Winkle (Transformers)

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In this exciting documentary for the true fans of the series. Which it has honest interviews with the cast & crew from each film including fans & journalists. Hosted by Tom Savini, who worked in the original “Friday the 13th” and “Friday the 13th:The Final Chapter”. He takes you inside into the entertaining horror series. Which the cast and crew tells you how much fun they had making these movies including hard work, difficulty on the set and the motion picture association of America (MPAA). Which the rating board wanted the studio Paramount or New Line Cinema to trimmed down some of the memorable death sequences.

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Directed by Daniel Farrands (Screenwriter of “Halloween 6:The Curse of Michael Myers) made an amusing documentary for the ultimate fans of the series. This is a much bigger improvement comparing to the “Friday the 13th” box set from 2004. Which the bonus disc from that edition was certainly lacking in bonus features. This new documentary interviews most of the memorable characters of the series, including each actor/stunt man who played Jason as well.

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The two-disc set from Anchor Bay. Disc one has an decent anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1) transfer and an good Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. DVD extra on the first disc are the extended interviews on the actors/stunt man who played Jason. Disc two includes “Final Cuts” interviews with the directors of each film (expect Steve Miner, who directed “Friday the 13th Part 2 & 3” and Ronny Yu, who directed “Freddy Vs. Jason”), “From Script to Screen” interviews some of the screenwriters of the series, fan films, two hidden features and much more. “His Name Was Jason:30 Years of Friday the 13th” is a much better documentary than you expect to be. You could tell the filmmakers behind this… including the actors, fans and journalist had so much fun doing this. It was certainly a labor of love for Sean S. Cunningham, who directed the original “Friday the 13th”. Fans of the series will find some of the interview segments intriguing and hilarious. Don’t miss this one.