director Steve Miner
The body count doth continue indeed, per the movie poster line. It picks up where Friday the 13th (1980) left off. In fact, it picks up with a television-esque recap of the previous movie before getting around to killing off the survivor of the first film, Adrienne King.
For some reason, as a kid, I thought that this was the best movie of the group. It’s not bad, but it isn’t quite as good as the original film.
It picks up five movie years since the prior slayings at “Camp Blood” though only one year in real time since the first film hit the screens. This time it is Jason Voorhees doing the killing, and not his mom. He still has yet to don his hockeymask, which he does finally in Friday the 13th Part III (1982), which I’m thinking I may need to queue up to at least follow the series to that significant moment. In this one, he’s just got a burlap sack over his misshapen head. We eventually see that misshapen head as well at the film’s end.
This group of camp counselors go down in quick succession. They don’t include notables like Kevin Bacon, but this is the one with the guy in the wheelchair. It also features Stu Charno, a lanky, red-haired character actor who showed up in several films back in the day. And this is the one where “Crazy Ralph” gets his.
Still a cut above the average.