Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

R | 87 mins | Horror | 1 May 1981

Director:

Steve Miner

Writer:

Ron Kurz

Producer:

Steve Miner

Cinematographer:

Peter Stein

Production Designer:

Virginia Field

Production Company:

Georgetown Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

       According to an article in the 5 May 1981 DV, Friday the 13th (1980, see entry) was the “surprise box office hit” of 1980. Budgeted at approximately $1 million, the first film grossed almost $41 million at the box office and $16.5 in domestic film rentals. The sequel was put into production with a budget of $1.4 million. The 6 May 1981 LAT noted that Sean Cunningham, director of the first film, opted out of the second movie. Steve Miner, an associate producer on Friday the 13th, made his directorial debut with Friday the 13th Part 2; he is also credited as the sequel’s producer. An item in the 8 Aug 1980 DV stated that Georgetown Productions, Inc. signed an interim pact with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and was therefore allowed to film Jason, as the film was first titled, during the SAG strike.
       The 5 May 1981 DV reported that Paramount Pictures Corp. spent $2 million in advertising during the first week of release and the LAT noted the campaign linked the sequel to the first film with the tagline: “The body count continues.”
       Items in DV and HR on 5 May 1981 reported that Friday the 13th Part 2 grossed slightly more than $6.4 million in its first three days, making it the highest grossing weekend opening of an original 1981 release so far that year. An item in the 15 May 1981 DV noted the film’s second weekend box ... More Less

       According to an article in the 5 May 1981 DV, Friday the 13th (1980, see entry) was the “surprise box office hit” of 1980. Budgeted at approximately $1 million, the first film grossed almost $41 million at the box office and $16.5 in domestic film rentals. The sequel was put into production with a budget of $1.4 million. The 6 May 1981 LAT noted that Sean Cunningham, director of the first film, opted out of the second movie. Steve Miner, an associate producer on Friday the 13th, made his directorial debut with Friday the 13th Part 2; he is also credited as the sequel’s producer. An item in the 8 Aug 1980 DV stated that Georgetown Productions, Inc. signed an interim pact with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and was therefore allowed to film Jason, as the film was first titled, during the SAG strike.
       The 5 May 1981 DV reported that Paramount Pictures Corp. spent $2 million in advertising during the first week of release and the LAT noted the campaign linked the sequel to the first film with the tagline: “The body count continues.”
       Items in DV and HR on 5 May 1981 reported that Friday the 13th Part 2 grossed slightly more than $6.4 million in its first three days, making it the highest grossing weekend opening of an original 1981 release so far that year. An item in the 15 May 1981 DV noted the film’s second weekend box office gross dropped by thirty-seven percent. The overall theatrical market, however, was “soft,” so the twelve day gross of $13,045,189 was considered “decent” and the film was already making a profit. A chart in the 1 Aug 1989 HR listed the domestic box office grosses of several films from the Friday the 13th franchise, including a total gross-to-date of $21.7 million for Friday the 13th Part 2.
             End credits include the following statements: “ Friday the 13th Part 1 footage: Written by Victor Miller, Directed by Sean S. Cunningham” and “Special thanks to: The Casino, New Preston, Ct.; The Smokey Boys Band.”
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
8 Aug 1980.
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Daily Variety
5 May 1981.
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Daily Variety
15 May 1981.
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Hollywood Reporter
5 May 1981.
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Hollywood Reporter
1 Aug 1989.
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Los Angeles Times
4 May 1981
p. 2.
Los Angeles Times
6 May 1981.
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New York Times
4 May 1981
p. 12.
Variety
6 May 1981
p. 21.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Steve Miner Film
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITER
Wrt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
Panaglide op
Panaglide asst
Gaffer/2d cam op
Best boy
Key grip
2d grip
Still photog
Grip
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITORS
1st asst ed
Ed asst
SET DECORATORS
Inside prop master
Outside prop master
Asst prop master
Asst prop master
Const coord
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Scenic chargeman
Scenics
Scenics
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward supv
MUSIC
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec makeup eff
Spec eff
Makeup eff asst
Makeup eff asst
MAKEUP
Makeup & Hairstylist
Asst makeup
Asst makeup
Tina and Robert,
Hair styles
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Animals owned and trained by
Scr supv
Prod office coord
Loc mgr
Extras casting
Loc unit mgr
Loc scout
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
STAND INS
Jason stunt double
Stunt coord
Stuntman
Stuntman
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Victor Miller.
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Titles:
Friday the 13th Part II
Jason
Release Date:
1 May 1981
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 1 May 1981
Copyright Claimant:
Georgetown Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
1 July 1981
Copyright Number:
PA106804
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex camera by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
87
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
26254
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Years ago, Alice was the only counselor to survive a massacre by serial killer Mrs. Voorhees who sought revenge for her son Jason’s drowning death at Camp Crystal Lake. Alice decapitated Mrs. Voorhees and, later, when police arrived, they found Alice in the lake. She claimed Jason pulled her underwater, but the police never found him. Two months after her ordeal, Alice is awakened by a nightmare. As she makes tea to calm herself, she finds a decapitated head in the refrigerator and is killed by an intruder. Five years later, Paul opens a camp counselor training center on Crystal Lake near the defunct camp. When trainees Jeff and Sandra arrive in town, they are warned to leave by a local named Crazy Ralph. Ted, another trainee, joins them and, en route to camp, the trio is stopped by a tree in the road. While the boys move the fallen tree, Sandra wanders in the woods and finds an old sign for Camp Crystal Lake, which Ted refers to as “Camp Blood.” That night, the camp-counselors-in-training, including the newly arrived Scott, Vickie, Terry and the wheel-chair-bound Mark, gather around the campfire and Paul shares the story of Camp Crystal Lake. According to local legend, Jason did not drown but instead became a demented adult who witnessed Alice behead his mother, and then killed Alice. It is exactly five years later and they are the first people to return to the lake. Ted, wearing a mask and wielding a spear, jumps out and scares them. Paul laughs, insisting that the story of a homicidal Jason stalking the woods ... +


Years ago, Alice was the only counselor to survive a massacre by serial killer Mrs. Voorhees who sought revenge for her son Jason’s drowning death at Camp Crystal Lake. Alice decapitated Mrs. Voorhees and, later, when police arrived, they found Alice in the lake. She claimed Jason pulled her underwater, but the police never found him. Two months after her ordeal, Alice is awakened by a nightmare. As she makes tea to calm herself, she finds a decapitated head in the refrigerator and is killed by an intruder. Five years later, Paul opens a camp counselor training center on Crystal Lake near the defunct camp. When trainees Jeff and Sandra arrive in town, they are warned to leave by a local named Crazy Ralph. Ted, another trainee, joins them and, en route to camp, the trio is stopped by a tree in the road. While the boys move the fallen tree, Sandra wanders in the woods and finds an old sign for Camp Crystal Lake, which Ted refers to as “Camp Blood.” That night, the camp-counselors-in-training, including the newly arrived Scott, Vickie, Terry and the wheel-chair-bound Mark, gather around the campfire and Paul shares the story of Camp Crystal Lake. According to local legend, Jason did not drown but instead became a demented adult who witnessed Alice behead his mother, and then killed Alice. It is exactly five years later and they are the first people to return to the lake. Ted, wearing a mask and wielding a spear, jumps out and scares them. Paul laughs, insisting that the story of a homicidal Jason stalking the woods is not true. Later, Crazy Ralph sneaks into camp and someone strangles him as he watches Paul and Ginny kiss. The next day, Terry’s dog, Muffin, wanders off and Terry searches for her pet. During lunchtime, Ginny chainsaws wood for a fire, then puts the chainsaw safely in a cabinet. Later, as the others swim, Sandra convinces Jeff to hike to “Camp Blood.” They cross the “No Trespassing” sign and come across the body of a dead dog whom they fear is Muffin. A local police officer catches them and returns them to their camp with a stern warning to stay away from Camp Crystal Lake. As the officer drives back to town, a pedestrian runs across the road and into the woods. The policeman chases the runner to a decrepit shack and is killed with a hammer to the skull. That night, Paul and Ginny take some of the counselors to a local bar. As punishment for trespassing, Jeff and Sandra are left to watch the camp. Terry, Scott, Mark and Vickie choose to stay behind. Terry searches for Muffin, then decides to swim naked. While she is in the water, Scott steals her clothes. As she chases him, he steps into a rope trap. Terry runs to get a knife to cut the rope, leaving Scott hanging upside down from the tree. Scott’s throat is slit by the killer, and Terry is murdered when she returns. Meanwhile, in the main cabin, Sandra and Jeff go upstairs to make love, leaving Mark and Vickie alone. Vickie offers to have sex with Mark and, promising to return quickly, she runs to her cabin to change into sexier clothing. Mark wheels onto the porch to wait for her and is murdered with a knife to the head. Upstairs, Jeff and Sandra are killed by a spear impaled through their bodies. When Vickie returns to the main cabin, she cannot find Mark so she goes upstairs to talk to Sandra. She thinks Sandra is in the bed, but the killer, his face hidden beneath a pillowcase, rises and stabs her. Meanwhile, Paul and Ginny decide to leave the bar, but allow Ted and the other counselors to continue drinking and return to camp later. When Ginny and Paul arrive at the camp, the lights in the main cabin are off. Upstairs, Ginny finds an empty bed covered in blood. She returns to the first floor as the killer attacks Paul, knocking him unconscious. Ginny runs, locks herself in the kitchen and grabs a knife, but the killer shoves a pitchfork through the door. She crawls out a window and tries to escape in her car, but the automobile will not start and the killer stabs the pitchfork through the convertible’s cloth roof. Ginny kicks open the door, pushing Jason back, then runs, eventually sneaking into her cabin and hiding under the bed. As the killer checks the room, a mouse runs by Ginny’s face and, in panic, she urinates and the killer sees the puddle of liquid. Believing he is gone, Ginny crawls out from under the bed. The killer stands on a chair above her, but as he brandishes the pitchfork, the chair collapses under his weight. Ginny runs to her cabinet, grabs the chainsaw, slices him with it, and then knocks him unconscious with a chair. She runs for help and sees lights in the decrepit shack. The killer once again appears, so Ginny runs into the shack and barricades the door. Inside, dead bodies lie near a table where Mrs. Voorhees’s head is the centerpiece of a candle-lit shrine. The dead woman’s sweater lies next to the head and, as the killer breaks in, Ginny puts the sweater on, grabs a knife, and stands in front of the shrine pretending to be Jason’s mother. When she calls out to him, Jason sees his mother’s face super-imposed over Ginny’s. As he obeys Ginny's command to kneel, he sees his mother’s head on the table and realizes it is a trick, so he slices Ginny’s leg in revenge. Paul arrives and fights Jason until Ginny finds a machete and buries it in Jason’s neck. She takes off Jason’s hood and they are repulsed by Jason’s partially deformed face. Ginny’s leg is badly cut and she cannot walk so Paul carries her back to camp and places her on a bed. A sound outside scares them and they grab weapons, but when Paul opens the door, it is only Muffin the dog. Their relief is short-lived. Jason bursts through the window onto Ginny. The next morning, Ginny is wheeled to an ambulance and keeps asking for Paul, but he is not there. Elsewhere, candles still burn around Mrs. Voorhees's head at Jason’s makeshift shrine. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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