Friday the 13th was never meant to be a good movie. What made the original so enjoyable was the way it managed to be absolutely terrible, but while taking itself somewhat seriously. This combination resulted in probably the most popular horror film of all time. As a “so bad it’s good” movie. Unfortunately, in the spirit of ‘Taken 2’ and ‘The Hangover Part II’, the very first Friday the 13th sequel is a copy of the original, and thanks to diminishing returns. It does NOT go well.
I should probably say that even with movies in this series that are FAR WORSE than this, I enjoy those others more than this one.
The most important part of the original was the kills, which... were done by JASON’S MOTHER PAMELA VOORHEES. The kills were, simple, but memorable. Including Pamela herself having a memorable death. NOW. Instead of an over the top comical performance from Betsy Palmer, we have Jason. I’m sorry, but I had such a hard time viewing this movie the same way I did, the first. The kills aren’t even meant to be taken somewhat seriously and are so silly and stupid, it makes me actually cheer for Jason. Thanks to EVERY other character being a horny caricatures. This is a sad first appearance of someone who will become the most famous masked killer in film history. The stupid potato sack on his head is legitimately one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen.
The two biggest problems this movie has, are an overly long opening scene that is actually pointless, and ripping off the exact same ending from the first movie. There’s lazy, and then there’s... just stupidity. This sequel is still a good 90 minutes of stupid fun. But emphasis on the word stupid.
Final Verdict: 4.5/10
Imagine if Jason and Freddy came face to face in a weird horror crossover. What would that be like?
Find out tomorrow. - 6 hours ago