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Friday the 13th: Part II (1981) - Steve Miner

1981 was really full of great horror movies. The Evil Dead, An American Werewolf in London, The Howling, Halloween 2 and Friday the 13th: Part 2. DirectorSteve Miner takes the opportunity with this feature to tell the continuation of the lore that we had from the first film. He expands upon it in pretty great detail. This isn't just another F13 movie. This is the episode that introduces Jason Voorhees as the series antagonist that we all fear. 
A new person comes in to bankroll the reopening of Camp Crystal Lake after the events of the first film, Friday the 13th. We get a great deal of backstory and a quick recap of the events leading up to this point, including the decapitation of Mrs. Voorhees. New young adults means new blood and this time the old lady isn't doing the killing. Jason is awake and he wants to kill. 
Apparently this film franchise was going to be like that of Halloween and they had meant for this to be an Anthology series. However, the popularity of Mrs. Voorhe…

The Prowler (1981) - Joseph Zito

A horror movie with a World War II theme isn't something that you see all that often. That's part of what makes this movie unique. It belongs to that certain breed of film like Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer or Lustig's Maniac. Joseph Zito, the Director, would go on to direct some schlock work as well as Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter. And this would fall into obscurity along with thousands of other horror movies released during the Golden Age of Horror, the nineteen eighties. 

In 1945, on the night of the Graduation Ball in Avalon Bay, a young couple was brutally murdered with a pitchfork. The killer was never found. Thirty-five years later, the town is having their first Graduation Ball since the killings. It's being orchestrated by our heroine, Pam MacDonald and her friends. Things go bad when it starts to look like that same killer from thirty-five years prior, starts killing again. And he kills with extreme prejudice. 

With a horror effects master like Tom S…