Friday the 13th Part 2 directed by series producer Steve Miner in his directorial debut was no exception, as its change of direction helped lay the groundwork for a saga that would be a gamechanger in the slasher genre. Cunningham , was a massive hit, and naturally, the executives at Paramount were itching to start filming a sequel. There was just one small problem: most of the characters were dead and the previous antagonist, Pamela Voorhees, had been decapitated. The dead counselors could easily be replaced, but even if they brought back Pamela, a middle-aged woman was hardly the type of killer a studio would base a franchise on. The workaround came from the dream sequence at the end of the first film. And so a horror icon was born. A new set of cannon fodder—I mean, camp counselors—are opening up a camp on the other side of Crystal Lake. Despite warnings from Crazy Ralph Walt Gorney and Deputy Winslow Jack Marks , these plucky young folks are convinced that the stories about Jason are just urban legends.
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It is the second installment in the Friday the 13th film series. Set five years after the events of Friday the 13th , the plot again follows a group of camp counselors who arrive at a training camp near Crystal Lake, only to be murdered one by one by an unknown assailant. The film marks the debut of Jason Voorhees as the main antagonist, a role which the character would maintain for most subsequent sequels. Originally, Part 2 was intended to be an anthology film based on the Friday the 13th superstition. However, after the popularity of the original film's surprise ending, the filmmakers opted to continue the story and mythology surrounding Camp Crystal Lake, a trend which would be repeated in every film in the franchise.
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Steve Miner. Harry Manfredini. Paramount Pictures.
It often felt like they were particularly unfair to these films, not only for their gratuitous violence, but how they inspired the trend for others. Friday the 13th: Part 2 suffers more so than other films because these copious edits really make the slasher movie toothless and caused it to lack the main thing audiences wanted to see: gore and violence. However, the movie's missing footage has miraculously been found and is set to be released to the world. In the past, it had been reported that only 48 seconds were cut from the film, but this footage contains all of the movie's goriest moments, including bloodier and more gruesome versions of Crazy Ralph's wire death, Alice's encounter with the ice pick, and a better take of the infamous death scene where Mark receives a machete to the face. Nobody seemed to be able to find this footage, but when Scream Factory assembled everyone together for this new set, it was bonus content producer, Edwin Samuelson, who suggested that they follow up on a hint that legendary FX artist, Greg Nicotero, had mentioned to Samuelson in the past.