If you expect new things from Friday the 13th Part 2 then you will find yourself disappointed because not much has changed at all. People are still being killed left and right while failing to make the audience feel any sympathy for them. It is quite evident right from the start that this film has not learned from the mistakes of the previous film.
The so called “plot” is not that much different from before. A group of badly written teenagers come to Camp Crystal Lake and are all killed off until only the protagonist is left standing in the lunatics path. In this case said lunatic is the unstoppable killing machine Jason Voorhees who has the power of Sequel Resurrection. As you would suspect there is little to no actual story here and instead all we have are a series of irrelevant scenes which loosely tie all of the brutal murders together. While the opening sees the first films heroine being unceremoniously killed off there is nothing in the way of violent twists or dark revelations. The writing really is just hands down lame.
Like everything else there is nothing new to be found when looking on the effects side of this film. Like its predecessor there is nothing, but buckets of over the top gore which fail to scare the audience. Only the most ardent of fans will forgive this film for following the first films lead and preventing itself from having any worthwhile scary moments before the jump scare ending. It makes you wonder how they sold this film when there is no proper visual flair in how all the characters get offed. Oh, don’t worry though, the later films brought in lower than dirt CGI that makes you wonder if this film series ever had any kind of life in it to begin with. Then again these films are all about repetition, not innovation.
What about the acting, has it got any better? No it hasn’t and that is a sort of running thing with this series. Amy Steele portrays the new heroine Ginny who falls short of the good performance that was provided by Adrienne King in the previous film. Paul as bland as he seems at times is better than a majority of the cast mostly because John Furey actually seems to put in a bit more effort by comparison. Walt Gorney appears again as the nut job crazy Ralph and this time he gets killed. Good, there is a limit to how many times I can listen to some ineffectual preaching before I wonder why he doesn’t just tell them what he is rambling on about. On the plus side, we have a new villain; enter faceless serial killer and mamas’ boy Jason Voorhees. While actor, Warrington Gillette is completely speechless that just makes Jason scarier than his psycho chatterbox of a mother.
Sequels have a habit of not being as good as the original. This is one instance where it is actually no better than the lame brain first film. The acting is still unimpressive and the effects have not improved. A higher body count just exacerbates things and does nothing to hide that this sequel has not learned from the past ones mistakes.