Picks and Pans Review: Friday the 13th, Part Ii
It may be early, but the balloting is over—1981's Too Much of a Bad Thing Award is hereby bestowed on this awful follow-up to last year's successful summer horror. Question: How can there even be a sequel to a movie in which all the characters have died? Answer: In Hollywood, anything is possible when the original grosses $35 million. One thing can be said for producer-director Steve Miner: He sticks slavishly close to the spirit of the first film. Again, the story concerns a group of camp counselors more intent on foreplay than oar-play. The scares are there when the inevitable psychopath strikes, but shock becomes more like tedium with each successive murder until the only suspense is, who else is doomed? The former jock in the wheelchair or the cooing couple in the bedroom or the spunky blonde in the Volkswagen? Yes, yes, and hard to say. Most everybody meets a grisly demise. More terrifying, though, is the ambiguous ending. It leaves the door wide open for Friday the 13th, Part III. (R)
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