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Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

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DVD Release Date
• R1: Oct 19, 1999
• R2: 14 Jan 2002

Budget USD 1,000,000

Running Time
1 hour, 27 minutes

Country USA

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Other Titles
• Friday the 13th Part 2
• Friday the 13th Part II (1981)
• Freitag, der 13. Teil 2 (1981)

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Genre: Horror, Slasher, Murder, Psychos, Serial Killer, Gore, Cult Classic, Teenage, Suspense

Tagline: The body count continues...

Plot: A fresh batch of teenage camp counselors return to the ill-fated Camp Crystal Lake five years after its most recent atrocities. Since the apparent perpetrator of those crimes was decapitated by the only survivor, the plucky teens ignorantly go about the business of reviving the camp, unaware that they are being stalked by an unseen figure who lives in the woods, waiting for the right opportunity to take bloody revenge.

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 External Reviews
external linkAt first, I wasn't prone to enjoying this film, simply because I felt as though Jason lacked character by not having his mask. However, after multiple viewings, I feel as though this darkest chapter of the Friday films is by far one of the finest.

external linkFriday the 13th Part 2 is a fun little flick, uproariously funny at some parts and genuinely scary at others. ... The murders are very creative and very brutal, and the plot throws some curve balls as to who the final girl will be. There are also some exceptional plot-twists to enjoy, as well as the most downbeat ending of the entire series.
--Cortney Fusco (

external linkFor a sequel this one is actually pretty darn good with director Miner keeping it going at a quick pace with all the slasher movie conventions that, at the time, weren’t quite so 'old hat'. 2.5/4
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external linkFor a series that never really reached heights of true excellence, Part 2 is not a bad film. It does have too much gore and the characters are sometimes given the most terrible dialogue, but the suspense is there and it truly can frighten you at points.
--Scarecrow (ColdSpot)

 Directed by
Steve Miner
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 Music By
Harry Manfredini
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external linkThe second in the "Friday the 13th" franchise has well deserved status as a fan favorite because it's the only serious F13 movie featuring Jason as the killer.
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external linkThere are a lot of instances where this film offers jumps, shocks, scares and teasers and this is partly what makes it so great. But also, it's the originality of it because this being the first sequel had a number of options open as to how it could run and is so less complex than some of the other sequels. 4.5/5
--Steven (

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