Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
Following the release of Friday the 13th (1980), Adrienne King had numerous encounters with an obsessive fan. The situation escalated into a stalker case, and she decided to avoid any further acting opportunities. She has not done any on-screen film work since, but has done voice over work on several films more than 15 years later.
Throughout the final scene, the mummified head of Mrs. Voorhees is noticeably an actress wearing makeup rather than a fake head. The final shot is a close-up of the head, ending in a freeze frame before the credits roll. Originally this shot ended with Mrs. Voorhees opening her eyes and smiling, but at the last minute Steve Miner decided this effect was hokey and cheapened the movie's impact.
The actors stayed in the cabins on-set. John Furey, Bill Randolph and Russell Todd came to Lauren-Marie Taylor's cabin to play a prank on her. They scratched on her screen window and she hyperventilated until she fainted.
Originally, sex scene between Sandra and Jeff was longer and it included full frontal nudity from actress Marta Kober, but when Paramount studio discovered that she was underage, the scene was deleted completely.
The film made $21,722,000 with a budget of $1,000,000.
The first Jason scene in the movie is a shot of Jason's legs walking across the street toward Alice's house. This is the only time in the series Jason was played by a woman. Jason's legs belonged to Ellen Lutter, the film's costume designer.
Jason in this film is dressed to look exactly the same as the hooded, burlap sack killer from The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976).
Ginny finds the body of Crazy Ralph in the pantry. In the first movie, Ralph is also found in the pantry (but not dead).
This film has one of the longest pre-credit sequences in cinematic history, nearly 15 minutes in some versions.
A shot of the infamous double-impalement was cut to avoid an "X" rating, yet a gory still photo of this censored shot appears on the back of the videocassette box.
Alice and Crazy Ralph, the only two surviving characters from Friday the 13th (1980), who are eventually killed off by Jason, are not mentioned by name at all throughout this sequel.
Amy Steel has stated that she found shooting the "window scene" difficult. The shot required three takes and her frightened reaction is genuine. Because the shot was in slow-motion, a high-speed camera was used, and every time she heard the film start running, she would tense up and get scared.
The film takes place five years after the first, which was set in 1979 according to Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984). Meaning that this film takes place in 1984. During both summers, both the Friday the 13th's occurred in July making this film take place exactly five years after the events of the first film.
The film takes place in August 1979 and on July 13, 1984.
During the climactic fight between Jason and Ginny, Jason raises the mattock to block Ginny's machete swing. Amy Steel said that during the first take, the timing was wrong and she accidentally hit Steve Dash's finger, causing him to have to go to the emergency room. Steve Dash has photos of him being treated in the ER in full costume, fake machete still stuck through his shoulder. After his finger was stitched up, he returned to set that night and insisted they complete the scene. She said they simply put a condom on his finger, and applied make-up to make it look dirty.
Body Count: 9. (Plus one character presumed dead, but it's unconfirmed. If you count the bodies from the dream sequence recapping the end of the first one, you can add three more to the total body count.)
Both this film and Halloween II feature their villains killing a law-enforcement officer with a hammer to the head. Both movies were also released in 1981.
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