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Friday the 13th (1980)

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A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp where, years before, it was the site of a child's drowning and a grisly double murder.

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Sean S. Cunningham

Writer:

Victor Miller
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Betsy Palmer ... Mrs. Voorhees
Adrienne King ... Alice
Jeannine Taylor ... Marcie
Robbi Morgan ... Annie
Kevin Bacon ... Jack
Harry Crosby ... Bill
Laurie Bartram ... Brenda
Mark Nelson ... Ned
Peter Brouwer ... Steve Christy
Rex Everhart ... The Truck Driver
Ronn Carroll ... Sgt. Tierney
Ron Millkie ... Officer Dorf
Walt Gorney ... Crazy Ralph
Willie Adams ... Barry
Debra S. Hayes ... Claudette
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Storyline

One summer at Camp Crystal Lake, a group of young counselors begin to get ready to lead campers. Unfortunately, someone isn't happy about what's going on in the camp and enjoys playing Kill the Counselor. As bodies fall to the ground in the camp, no one is safe. Written by FilmFanUK

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Long Night at Camp Blood See more »

Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$550,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,816,321, 11 May 1980

Gross USA:

$39,754,601

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,754,601
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Mono | Dolby (DVD re-release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Noted film critic Devin Faraci is an infamous apologist for the Friday the 13th movies. In his recent blog he states the following: "There is no horror series that tops the Friday the 13th films. It reigns supreme in the slasher world, for sure, but even in the wider universe of horror sequels - a wide universe indeed - it is the tops. And the reason for that is simple, and the key to the series' success is something you can apply to your everyday life: consistency." Faraci goes on to say no film series in the history of film has been as consistent as the Friday the 13th series :"If we were to put individual films against each other, no Friday the 13th movie would stand a chance. How could they when we'd be comparing them to films like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre or Halloween or A Nightmare on Elm Street? But the greatness of these foundational films is also the weakness of their series: when a series begins on such a high note it is all but impossible for the future films to match it. How can you recapture the specific genius of Halloween? The answer is that you can't, which is why John Carpenter tried to change the direction of the series with Halloween III: Season of the Witch. He saw the high water mark he had set and knew that he could not ever again reach it with The Shape. But the producers didn't recognize that, and so they just kept churning out a bunch of terrible sequels. But the first Friday the 13th isn't a work of genius. It doesn't have the revolutionary grunginess Tobe Hooper brought to Leatherface and family. The original Friday the 13th is a very solid movie, a very good entry in the burgeoning slasher genre, a sort of American take on the giallo concept. Unlike the other classic slasher series, the first Friday doesn't even set up the iconography of the series. While the other series came out of the gate in a blaze of brilliance, Friday the 13th ambled onto the track like Jason Voorhees, moving at a reasonable pace and happy to let the other runners exhaust themselves." See more »

Goofs

When Marcie is in the bathroom stall, we see that she has painted toenails, but if you look closely when she pushes Ned into the lake earlier, you can see her toenails are unpainted. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Voorhees: [seeing Brenda's dead body] Oh, my Lord! So young. So pretty. Oh, what monster could have done this?
Alice: Bill's out there.
Mrs. Voorhees: Oh, God, this place! Steve should never have opened this place again, there's been too much trouble here!
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Crazy Credits

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A Classic, genre defining
24 January 2001 | by Jane FlamESee all my reviews

Without a doubt, the work of Cunningham and Carpenter during 1978 & 1980 rocked the world of the horror genre. Friday the 13th is one of the films that to this day still has repercussions. It demonstrated the importance of setting the tone in horror movies, making the audience themselves feel as if they too were being stalked. Cunningham also was one of the few directors to introduce the idea of a possible female serial killer.

Without this film, Scream's Randy would have never uttered those famous words, 'There are certain rules to surviving a horror movie..' This film combined with Carpenter's Halloween, firmly etched the rules in stone. The creepy music, the infamous "ch-ch-ch-ha-ha-ha", the crude photography and the graphic depiction of the murders of the counsellors all blend together to give a classic piece of film history. It scared the hell out of multitudes of teenagers who, in many instances could see themselves in the victims of the stalker. These weren't bad people getting killed, these were just your typical average American kids, having a good time, getting picked off.

That is what makes this film so defining, that is why, for all its crude and harsh imagery, this is a classic. This is why alot of recent attempts at horror don't measure up. It's not the effects or the blood necessarily, it's the atmosphere and the familiarity that bring it home.It is more frightening to think, "That could be me"


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