May 1, 1981

Friday the 13th: Part 2 is a 1981 American slasher film produced and directed by Steve Miner in his directorial debut, written by Ron Kurz, and starring Amy Steel and John Furey. The film also features the return of Adrienne King, Betsy Palmer and Walt Gorney, who respectively portrayed Alice Hardy, Pamela Voorhees, and Crazy Ralph in the first film. 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 at 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.

Like the original film, Part 2 faced opposition from the Motion Picture Association of America, who noted its "accumulative violence" as problematic, resulting in numerous cuts being made to allow an R rating. The film was released theatrically in North America on May 1, 1981. Although it did not gross as much as the original, Friday the 13th Part 2 grossed $21.7 million in the U.S. on a budget of $1.25 million and received negative reviews from critics. A direct sequel, Friday the 13th: Part 3 (1982), was released one year later.

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