Friday the 13th Part 2: How a young franchise took its first steps toward creating a horror icon

How do you make a sequel to a movie that never needed one? By changing all the rules.

The ultimate villain.
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This is the second article in a series that began with "How Friday the 13th accidentally perfected the slasher movie."

How do you make a sequel to a rip-off? At 10 sequels and counting, it might sound ridiculous to say that a second Friday the 13th movie posed a creative challenge — but in theory, no movie genre is less friendly to sequels than the slasher. Friday the 13th did its job: By the end of the movie, almost every randy teenager was hacked to pieces. Alice Hardy (Adrienne King), the sole survivor, used a machete to lop off the head of the killer, Pamela Voorhees. Like any good horror movie, they slipped in one last jump scare — but by any rational measure, the story was deader than dead.

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