Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

83m 2s [UK – video (1987)], 83m 20s [UK – video (2001)], 84m [Sweden], 86m 52s [UK – theatrical], 87m [USA]
35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Steve Miner. A direct sequel to Sean S. Cunningham's Friday the 13th (1980), it was the first film in the long-running franchise to feature lead villain , though he wouldn't don his iconic ski mask until the third film.

Plot Summary

Five years after the events of the first film, Camp Crystal Lake has been opened as a camp counsellor training centre. As the gather for their training, Jason Voorhees, the long-thought-dead son of Pamela Voorhees, is lurking in the woods, armed with a small arsenal of weapons and nursing a mighty grudge…


Directed by: Steve Miner
© 1981 Georgetown Productions, Inc.
Paramount, a Gulf+Western company [logo] A Steve Miner film
Executive Producers: Tom Gruenberg, Lisa Barsamian
Produced by: Steve Miner
Co-Producer: Dennis Murphy
Associate Producer: Frank Mancuso Jr
Written by: Ron Kurz
Based on Characters Created by: Victor Miller
Friday the 13th Part 1 Footage Written by: Victor Miller
Friday the 13th Part 1 Footage Directed by: Sean S. Cunningham
Director of Photography: Peter Stein
Editor: Susan E. Cunningham
Music by: Harry Manfredini
Sound Recordist: Richard Murphy
Costume Designer: Ellen Lutter
Make-up & Hair: Cecilia Verardi
Special Make-Up Effects: Carl Fullerton
Special Effects: Steve Kirshoff
Production Designer: Virginia Field

Amy Steel (Ginny)
John Furey (Paul [Holt])
Adrienne King (Alice)
Kirsten Baker (Terri)
Stu Charno (Ted)
Warrington Gillette (Jason [Voorhees])
Walt Gorney (Crazy Ralph)
Marta Kober (Sandra [Dier])
Tom McBride (Mark)
Bill Randolph (Jeff)
Lauren-Marie Taylor (Vickie)
Russell Todd (Scott)
Betsy Palmer (Mrs Voorhees)
Cliff Cudney (Max)
Jack Marks (the cop)
Steve Daskawisz (Jason stunt double)
Jerry Wallace (the prowler)
David Brand, China Chen, Carolyn Louden, Jaime Perry, Tom Shea, Jill Voight (extra counselors)
Rex Everhart [truck driver – uncredited]

Alternative Titles

L'Assassino ti siede accanto – Italian title
Freitag, der 13. Teil 2 – German title

Sequel to
Friday the 13th (1980)

Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986)
Friday the 13th Part VII – The New Blood (1988)
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)
Jason X (2001)

Extracts included in
Scream Greats Vol. 1 Tom Savini: Master of Horror Make-up (1986)
Terror in the Aisles (1984)

See also
Bloody Murder (2000)
The Burning (1981)
Friday the 13th (2009)
The Many Lives of Jason Voorhees (2002)
Reazione a catena (1971)
Scream (1996)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)


Cinefantastique vol.11 no.2 (Autumn 1981) p.48 – review
Fangoria no.190 (March 2000) p.75 – DVD review
Films vol.1 no.12 (November 1981) p.38 – review
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.48 no.570 (July 1981) p.138 – credits, synopsis, review
Motion Picture Product Digest vol.8 no.24 (20 May 1981) p.94 – review
Scapegoat no.1 p.11 – censorship note
Screen International no.295 (6 June 1981) p.15 – review
Starburst no.36 (1981) p.15 – review
Variety 6 May 1981 p.21 – credits, review

The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.363 – credits, review
A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series by Ken Hanke pp.295; 300 – credits, review
Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.144 – credits, review
Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis 143 – credits
Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.187 – credits
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.219