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Friday the 13th Part 2 is a 1981 American slasher film produced and directed by Steve Miner in his directorial debut, and the second installment in the Friday the 13th film series. It is a direct sequel to Friday the 13th (1980), picking up five years after that film's conclusion, where a new murderer stalks and begins murdering the camp counselors at a nearby training camp in Crystal Lake. It stars Amy Steel as Ginny Field and both Steve Daskawisz and Warrington Gillette as Jason Voorhees. The film also features the return of Adrienne King, Betsy Palmer and Walt Gorney to the series, who respectively portrayed Alice Hardy, Pamela Voorhees, and Crazy Ralph in the prior installment.
Originally, Friday the 13th Part 2 was not intended to be a direct sequel but rather part of an anthology series of films based on the Friday the 13th superstition; however, after the popularity of the original film's surprise ending where Jason Voorhees attacks the heroine Alice, the filmmakers opted to continue the story and the mythology surrounding Camp Crystal Lake, a trend which would be repeated in every film in the franchise.
Like the original film, Friday the 13th 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 April 30, 1981. Although it did not gross as much as the original and still received negative reviews, the sequel grossed over $21.7 million in the United States on a budget of $1.25 million.