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The podcast heads back to Camp Crystal Lake for another slice of slasher fun as we revisit “Friday the 13th Part 2”.

Friday the 13th Part 2

We continue our nostalgic look back at the Friday the 13th franchise with a look at Part 2, released in 1981. If you missed our discussion of the 1980 slasher classic that started it all, be sure to check it out here.

Released just one year after the first film in the franchise, the sequel was produced and directed by Steve Miner in his directorial debut. Adrienne King, Betsy Palmer, and Walt Gorney reprise their respective roles from the first film. Amy Steel and John Furey also star.

While the sequel is essentially the same concept as the original, only with a new baddie taking over responsibility for the Summer Camp carnage, each film in the franchise feels like it also works as a standalone horror film. They’re all easy to consume (with one exception, which we’ll talk about later).

Part 2 takes place five years after the event of the first film and marks the debut of Jason Voorhees as the series’ main antagonist.

Like Halloween, Friday the 13th Part 2 was originally envisioned to be an anthology film based n the Friday the 13th superstition. But after the popularity of the first film, the filmmakers opted to continue the story and mythology surrounding Camp Crystal Lake.

As has become a staple of horror franchises, the kills are significantly ramped up in the second film, which is wildly fun to watch. But does the film still hold up on a retrospective rewatch? Tune in to hear more!

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