Thursday, November 11, 2010

My review of Friday the 13th Part 2

I have been trying to find and watch this one for a while. last night I succeeded in finding it. I watched it. I had always known that the series would absolutely suck. I wasn't a huge fan of the first one to be quite honest but this one makes the original look really good. (maybe that's a slight exaggeration).

Acting/Characters: bland. that's all there is to say, the characters are bland. One dimensional cardboard characters. maybe the director intended for them to be something more (although I doubt it, knife fodder sells). The actors certainly didn't do a good job with the characters. Although, I feel that the actors are hardly to blame for that. It is hard to work with bad characters as an actor. I will say that the highlight of the film for me was the flashbacks at the very beginning with Pamela Voorhees. "Kill her Mommy, Kill her." I really liked that. But yeah, overall the characters were weak. I didn't care about a single one of them. Also, Jason could have been done better. I realize that they haven't gotten to the Hockey Mask Tilt the Head Killer yet, but Jason just wasn't that scary. all of the characters in this one follow the list of rules that I found near the Meyers House (for more on that, check my blog entitled Oh My Gosh! It All Makes Sense Now!). .5/10

Plot: same plot as before really. Same plot as the sequels. Dumb teenagers getting slashed up by an unstoppable killer. BORING. The guys have an IQ of about 8 and the girls have the same IQ. the only real difference between the boys and the girls is that the girls wear shirts that are pretty much bras with sleeves and short short short short shorts. The final girl is obviously the only exception as she has an IQ of about 26. same old same old. Nothing new here. The director of this one could at least try to make this one original. I don't really understand why they don't. .5/10

Screenplay: 0/10. That's all I need to say.

Likableness: as a generic slasher film it does what it's supposed to. Although, I doubt that the makers of the film made it so that it would be a total bore the whole way through. The worst part is that TONS of people actually paid money to see this (granted, ticket prices were probably MUCH cheaper back then but STILL!!!) 1/10.

Final Score: 2/40 5% (S)

TRIVIA TIME: 1. This film has one of the longest pre-credit sequences in cinematic history, nearly 15 minutes in some versions.

2. The lead character Ginny Field was named after Virginia Field, who was the production designer on both the first two Friday the 13th films.

3. During the climactic fight between Jason and Ginny, Jason raises the mattock to block Ginny's machete swing. Amy Steel said that during the first take, the timing was wrong and she accidentally hit 'Steve Dash''s finger, causing him to have to go to the emergency room. Steve Dash has photos of him being treated in the ER in his costume, fake machete still stuck through his shoulder. After his finger was stitched up, he returned to set that night and insisted they complete the scene. She said they simply put a condom on his finger and applied make-up to make it look dirty.

4. 48 seconds were cut by the MPAA to avoid an X rating. Including A shot of the infamous double-impalement yet a gory still photo of this censored shot appears on the back of the videocassette box.

5. When the filmmakers asked Adrienne King to reprise her role as Alice, she said that she wanted to be on screen for a short period of time because there was an obsessive fan who was stalking her, broke into her apartment, and she feared for her life. Following the release of the movie, Adrienne King had numerous encounters with an obsessive fan. The situation escalated into a stalker case, and she decided to avoid any further acting opportunities. She has not done any on-screen film work since, but has done voice over work on several films more than 15 years later.

6. The first Jason scene in the movie is a shot of Jason's legs walking across the street toward Alice's house. This is the only time in the series Jason was played by a woman. Jason's legs belonged to Ellen Lutter, the film's costume designer.

7. Jason in this film is dressed to look exactly the same as the hooded, burlap sack killer from The Town That Dreaded Sundown.

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