TT25: Friday The 13th Part 2

There is someone in this room. The smell of death surrounds you while you frantically look for a way out. Who — or what — is in the room with you? Could it be a machete-wielding retard bent on revenge for the death of his mother? Nah, it’s just Matt and Jason creeping through the darkness to bring you the commentary for the 1981 slasher sequel, Friday The 13th Part 2. Follow us to the campfire as we tell spooky stories of movie trivia, underaged girls, the fate of pubic hair, who the real Jason is, and with enough wit and charm to violently drive a spear through your frowny face. So, take that ridiculous pillow case off your head and listen in as we ring in our first anniversary of Terror Transmission with a true classic. Mrs. Voorhees would be pleased.

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5 thoughts on “TT25: Friday The 13th Part 2

  1. What, no mention of the original Cape Fear or Night of the Hunter as genre defining slasher flicks? I’m shocked!

  2. Cape Fear got a passover simply due to lack of body count, but Night of the Hunter should have been included there for sure. The way that Mitchum almost nonchalantly pursues the kids allows the tensions to build to a crescendo and paved the way for the histrionics of a certain chap named Michael Myers, to be sure. While I’m at it I might as well toss in Das Waxfigurenkabinett (1922) for that stirring Jack the Ripper sequence at the finale and the shocking demise of poor Lulu (Louise Brooks) from Die Buchse der Pandora (1929) merits it an inclusion as well. Not to mention the works of Lenzi, Serrador, Martino etc, etc…
    This list would be staggering were I to continue, so I won’t.
    Good call, RW! Thanks for carrying the flame!

  3. I. too, have long suspected that NotH, and not Black Christmas as some armchair Carpenterphiles are want to claim, was a lot bigger influence on Carpenter’s Halloween than previously thought.

    Watching Mitchum quietly stroll after the kids, one can not help to him as the real origin of the Michael Myers character. With his simple black outline of a “shape” and his white, almost luminescent head, Mitchum had the “Haddonfield Shuffle” down long before little Mike made the scene.

    Interestingly, I think Mitch has an equal numbers of on-screen kills in both NotH and Cape Fear.

    Another “slasher” film I think you may have forgot to mention was Fritz Lang’s M. Maybe almost too good to be considered a slasher flick, M still set the then standard for on-screen menace.

  4. I do love Fritz Lang’s M, and it does deserve a mention for lighting the flame of the serial killer genre, but I would have to stop short of calling it a slasher flick. Lang’s camera never lingers on the grisly bits nor too long on the stalkings, which to me is the hallmark of the slasher genre, instead he focuses on the human element of the drama and the rippling effect of a culture in crisis. It is certainly a landmark film and an oblique step toward the slasher genre 30+ years before there was such a thing.
    Good call, RW!

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