Friday the 13th Part 2 movie review - Aussieboyreviews


The slashings are tamer, the jump-scares are weaker and the characters are stupider in this terrible horror sequel. Alike the first Friday the 13th, a bunch of young adults who are meant to be setting up a camp end up just having sex and getting killed.


A group of training camp counsellors prepare for the opening of a new summer camp located right next to Camp Crystal Lake, which has been closed for years after the first round of brutal killings occurred. However, the young adults are unaware that there is still danger awaiting them.

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Movie details

Director: Steve Miner
Cast: Amy Steel, John Furey, Adrienne King, Stuart Charno, Bill Randolph, Kirsten Baker, Tom McBride, Warrington Gillette, Betsy Palmer
Writer: Ron Kurz
Release Date (Australia): 30 July 1981
Runtime: 87 minutes/1h 27m
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (MA15+)

The film features several lengthy sequences in which characters are terrorised by a serial killer. There are also references to a child drowning in a lake, murder and the death of a dog.

Violence (R18+)

The film features bloody attacks with pickaxes, hammers and machetes, as well as implied impalement. These scenes often feature gory depictions of accompanying blood detail.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains a single use of the word “f**king” and use of the words “s**t”, “**shole” and “goddamn”.

Drug Use (PG)

The film features a brief scene of marijuana smoking.

Nudity (M)

The film contains brief scenes depicting female frontal and buttocks nudity

Sex (M)

The film contains a sexual references and brief sex scene.

mpaa rating

R (for an unknown reasoning)

Aussie boy's thoughts

The slashings are a hell lot tamer, the jump-scares are way weaker and the characters are at their all time stupid-high in this terrible horror sequel. If you were to decrease the severity of how flawed and frustrating these typical issues were in Friday the 13th Part 2, you would be completely accurate in telling people that this movie is just a repeat of the first, but obviously with different characters and not all of the mayhem takes place at Camp Crystal Lake.

Years after the rather forgettable events at the now-closed Camp Crystal Lake, a group of young and horny camp counsellors meet at the new summer campgrounds to train and prepare for the opening. This camp just so happens to be right next to Camp Crystal Lake, because even after the brutal slayings that took place in that area, everyone knows that the iconic Jason Voorhees won’t just walk a few extra meters to slice up some more naive teenagers in the name of revenge.

With a new director and a group of promising young cast members, Friday the 13th Part 2 is fun and loaded with anticipation when we get to see these camp counsellors in training, but the film ends up being a massive let down due to the lack of blood and gore we saw in the first movie. The acting is ignorant, the writing is terrible and to know this is only the second of a long, long franchise is absolutely tormenting.

The film begins with a 10-minute opening to remind us what happened at the end of the last film and kill of the original’s surviving protagonist, before it introduces us to a bunch of new, young and completely brainless teens who begin camp training for the purposes of meeting other young adults and all having sex. And it’s the characters and their choices that team up with the flaws to make this a bad movie. None of them seem to understand that weapons such as knives can cause damage and that it’s not like their legs just stop moving in dangerous situations, so they have no form of defense against the killer. This leads to a 10-minutes chase sequence that serves no purpose, scares or intensity. Plus, there’s no character development which would be fine, but at least have fun killing the characters off and don’t take their deaths as big surprises nobody saw coming. This movie has one of the worst heroines of all time, and not just for the horror genre.

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