Friday The 13th Part 2

Paramount Pictures Presents
U.S. Release May 1, 1981    U.S. Gross $21,722,776
1 Hour 26 minutes

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About The Film
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to camp...here's even more heart-pounding terror.

Five years after the horrible bloodbath at Camp Crystal Lake, all that remains is the legend of Jason Voorhees and his demented mother, who had murdered seven camp counselors. At a nearby summer camp, the new counselors are unconcerned about the warnings to stay away from the infamous site. Carefree, the young people roam the area, not sensing the ominous lurking presence. One by one, they are attacked and brutally slaughtered. Suspense and screams abound in this compelling chiller.


Making Friday The 13th Part 2 (History of Production)
The unprecedented success of Friday The 13th 1980 at the box office created a whirl wind of imitators to be released in the following year in 1981. Knowing that there was more money to be made in the midst of the slasher film craze, both Paramount Pictures and Georgetown Productions (who had financed the film independently before selling it to Paramount for distribution) decided to get a sequel on the fast track.

Knowing the success of the first film and the impending franchise possibility, studio head Frank Mancuso Sr. was determined to make sure they held worldwide distribution rights for Friday The 13th Part 2. Before that could happen, however, Paramount demanded that Georgetown Productions pay the cost of the production once again. If Georgetown could deliver another Horror film as marketable and scary as the first Friday The 13th, Paramount would agree to put Part 2 into theaters. In order to make a sequel that could live up to the lofty standards of the first, it was time to try and get all of the principal players from the first production back into the fold for another successful run.   READ MORE -->


A Storytelling Autopsy (Look at the storytelling mechanics of film)
As the final act of FRIDAY THE 13TH begins, protagonist and ultimate survivor Alice brings water to boil in a tea kettle.  This sequence is just one of many “calm” moments preceding major shock sequences.  This, however, would be the last.  From the moment Brenda's body is hurled through the cabin's window onward, the original FRIDAY moves with breathless energy, hurtling the viewer down the last dips, turns, and drops of one of cinema's greatest roller coaster rides.  Although it couldn't have been planned at the time, that simple unfinished pot of tea would prove a valuable tool in establishing the “rules” of the film's sequel, FRIDAY THE 13TH- PART II.   READ MORE -->


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