How good is Part 2? Well, I think it's a bit weaker than the original but is actually very well made with lots of nice scares and blood effects. Thankfully, director Steve Miner doesn't mess with the things that made Part 1 a classic. He takes over nicely for Sean S. Cunningham and adds a few extra touches that work well in the sequel.
In Part 2 we have another group of camp counselors ripe for slaughter. They are at a camp down the road from the now defunct Camp Crystal Lake. But this doesn't stop Jason from paying them a visit as he seeks his revenge for the death of his momma. This cast does an decent job in fulfilling their roles although I think the original cast was better. My favorite of the bunch is "survivor girl" Ginny, played by Amy Steel. She really shines in the final scenes of the movie which are some of the best moments in this film.
The fun of Part 2 is that it still manages to make me jump a time or two even though I've seen it over and over again. There is a lot of misdirection in Part 2 as well as good use of making the viewer let their guard down before going in for the kill.
Finally, my favorite thing about Part 2 is Harry Manfredini's iconic and masterful film score. It builds on the themes established in Part 1 and sets the mood of each scene like few other scores out there. Brilliant!
RATING: Very Good.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.