Crystal Lake Countdown: Looking Back on ‘Friday the 13th Part 2’

TVOvermind | 7/12/2018 | Brian Hadsell
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Horror movies in general, and slasher movies in particular, are often plagued by innumerable sequels that offering increasingly diminishing returns after the relative high water mark of the first movie that they sprang from. It’s a simple matter of economics, really. Since they typically take place in a single location, use non-name actors and can get by on the back of a few buckets of blood in lieu of lavish special effects, their budgets are about as rock-bottom as they come: so much so that virtually any money that they make automatically translates into profit.

And while this was certainly the case for the first Friday the 13th (1980), the extent to which is ultimately proved true was astounding even by the standards of low-budget horror movies: on par with movies like The Blair Witch Project (1999) and Get Out (2017). Despite only setting back its studio $550,000, that movie raked in nearly $60 million. And when a movie earns more than one hundred times what it cost to make in the first place, sequels are inevitable.

Debate - Direction - Franchise - Aught - Success

Despite some initial debate as to what direction the nascent franchise aught to take following the monstrous success of the first movie – up to and including setting up an anthology franchise where each installment was completely unrelated to one another aside from taking place on the iconic date in question (a concept that was attempted and much derided in 1982’s Halloween III: Season of the Witch) – returning director Sean S. Cunningham decided to follow the final, non sequitur scare from the end of the last movie: that Pamela Vorhees’ son, Jason (Ari Lehman), was alive and living alone in the woods surrounding Crystal Lake. After avenging his mother’s death at the hands of Alice (Adrienne King), he returns to his old stomping grounds...
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