John's Horror Banana-nanza Episode Two : Friday the 13th Part II

Jason was shy in his early years.
Jason was shy in his early years.

When we last left the series, Alice had survived Mrs. Voorhees rampage and went to the hospital. At the time, she believed she’d been pulled under water by a mutated boy, but the police claim there was no boy, meaning he was still roaming around the area. Ok, that’s fine. With that in mind, she moves far away from the camp.

Not that it has any effect on Jason, who is finally introduced to us as our villain. Of course isn't wearing a hockey mask. No sir. He's wearing a bag. Not only does he pick up his mom's head from the first movie's ending, he follows her killer to her house, sticks the head in her fridge, and stabs her in the head with a pick. What an intro. Except that it's a bit suspicious that he somehow found her. Or drove there/flew there/transported via magic there. But whatever.

We then head to a camp across from Camp Crystal Lake, which is training counselors. Remember those days? Remember when those movies were all about camp counselors having sex and dying? What happened? We have the obligatory introductions to several characters, but the clever thing is, a lot of them live. In fact, one of them lives because he decides to drink more.

The deaths are ok, but it’s obvious no one really knows what the formula for the series is yet. Jason kills a cop with a claw hammer, cuts some throats, and double impales a couple with an arrow (wow!).

Meanwhile, Ginny believes Jason exists and is a frightened, mentally handicapped woodsman begging for his mother to return. When she’s cornered in the end of the movie, she puts this theory to the test, and the result is, well, you’ll just have to find out.

Anyway, the ending is a little confusing, as Jason pops through a window and drags Ginny away. She wakes up the next morning and Paul is gone. What the hell happened? Well, as was quoted by Cunningham in the last movie, “Fuck it. Let ‘em guess!”

So Steve Miner is in control of both this movie and the next, and in this movie, he’s right on. At this point, there still remained some suspense in the series. It had scares, and you were never really sure who was going to live. It really did have surprises. Unfortunately, this all came to an end one movie later.

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Interesting Topics to Discuss

1. Just how exactly did Jason get to Alice's house?

2. Why would a town who's camp keeps getting sabatoged, and who keeps experiancing murders, think the solution would be to move the training center slightly down the road?

3. What kind of training did the counselors do during this movie, exactly? Drinking and sleeping together?

4. Where the hell did Paul go?

5. Was that sack really big enough for Jason's mammoth sized head?

6. What happened to the drunk guy at the bar when he got back to the camp the next day?

There's something you don't see often. Product placement in a Friday the 13th film.
There's something you don't see often. Product placement in a Friday the 13th film.

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Thief12 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

Good hub. I need to revisit this early Jason films. Haven't seen them since God knows when, but I seem to recall this one being pretty solid (at least as far as this films go).


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FatFreddysCat 3 years ago from The Garden State

Jason's hockey mask is iconic but I kinda like Potato-Sack-Head Jason's look too.

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