The new face of horror!
We are well into the 80's. Moviegoers are now craving humor and cheese, the moral lubricant of horror films. First, the killer was an angry mother. In the sequel, in return, her son avenged her death, his deformed head covered by a potato sack. Jason Voorhees needed one last touch to truly be marketable: in Friday the 13th part 3, he gets a new attitude and a new face; a vintage hockey mask.
The performances are limited but amusing. The protagonists are more colorful and distinct. Consequently a mismatched bunch, all they really have in common is the setting. They are all planning to relax and party at Crystal Lake. The script makes the most of its stereotypical characters and plays on their individual differences, not shying away from awkward chemistry and conflicts.
The kills are increasingly eccentric as the franchise advances. Parts of the film were shot in 3-D, which some key shots rely heavily on. This sequel has a good amount of sporadic gore, imaginative practical effects and bad dialogue. It is the goofiest so far, but it is made with more attention to detail, more style, and better cinematography. Thanksfully, Jason is no longer an ambiguous avenger.