Thursday, October 20, 2005
Friday the 13th Part II
Well I'm just gonna come right out and say it. Friday the 13th Part 2 is the best of the bunch. Some people (JPX) refuse to acknowledge its legendary status because of Jason's (let's face it - non-flattering) pillowcase and overalls outfit in lieu of the standard hockey mask. I believe that it showcases the film's charming innocence that was all but lost later in the series.
A plot summary is entirely unnecessary as the script may have been written by a very basic computer program, possibly the one that gave us Pong. Jason goes around killing camp counselors and only she without sin shall survive.
I love the "you're all doomed!" guy in this movie. His is a story that needs to be told. What events and poor choices in his life brought him to the point of wandering around town, filthy and disheveled, his only goal to warn teenagers of their impending doom? Did anyone ever heed his warnings and survive? I'm taking it upon myself to script a short film that answers these very questions.
But the movie really belongs to Mark the wheelchair bound teen in the football jersey - motorcycle accident victim, hopes to recover, penis possibly still functional. He teaches us that Jason doesn't discriminate against the physically challanged. And man, that was a helluva lotta stairs...
So if it's cheap, cheap thrills you're looking for, Part 2 is a solid bet. Unfortunately, every time I began to enjoy myself too much a bubble appeared above me of JPX shaking his head in disappoval. I mean, come on - a pillow case? That's just plain lazy.