lot fans don't seem to give these films the credit they deserve. They seem to stick their
noses up at them, calling them exploitational and worthless.... far from their own
personal vision of horror. Sure
Carpenter set the table for
slasher films with "Halloween", but "Friday the
13th" set the standard. "Friday the 13th" was one of the main films
directly responsible for the horror explosion of the early 80's. For the next 5-7 years we
saw some classic horror born. Films such as
Nightmare on Elm
Evil Dead 2, and
came along and forever changed the horror landscape. Now far from this heyday of
horror, we are witnessing the general self-destruction of the genre with films such as,
"Scream" , "Scream 2", and "I know what you did last
summer". But atlas, let us bask in what was and hopefully someday will return.
Ok, enough of my
"soapbox", but the state of horror today always gets my blood boiling. Let's get
back to talking about the masterpiece that is "Friday the 13th". There is
probably no other movie more responsible for my whole hearted plunge into the horror genre
than the original "Friday the 13th". This film has it all: a great story
(by Victor Miller), powerful imagery (brought to life by the master
Savini), and an amazing score by Harry Manfredini (very Psycho-esqe). All this
mixed together with the superb directing of Sean Cunningham and you have one amazing film.
A must see for any horror fan.
Since my first viewing of this
classic, I adapted the motto "Give me horror, or give me death." I have to admit
I am a Jason freak. No I won't hide it. Sure as the series progressed they
can hold a
candle to the original (the same can be said about any of the slasher series), but
on a whole they were very entertaining with the exception of Part V and VIII. Both of
which I still own being the completeist I am.
As always please
e-mail me if you have anything you can add to
this page, or if you have any comments, criticisms or suggestion.
Twenty years earlier, Camp Crystal Lake was been
shut down after the mysterious death of a young boy and a couple of counselors. After
several failed attempts at re-opening the camp, Steve Christy
(Peter Browner) is working towards making it suitable for inner-city campers.
Bad idea, because it seems Friday the 13th is right around the corner and death awaits
all. The locals loony, Crazy Ralph
(Walt Gorney), warns that the camp has a "death curse", but it falls on deaf and
soon to be blooded ears.
One by one, the counselors seem to drop as they
engage in acts of pre-martial sex, smoking dope, and drinking. Guess they all forgot to
read the "Camp Blood" rules of conduct and now must pay with their
LIVES. No two murders
are alike as evident through
Tom Savini's genius. But who
is the killer? I won't tell, but please don't lose your head.
As the final machete finds its' destinations,
Alice (Adrienne King) is left as the sole survivor of this massacre.
The films ends with a chilling exchange between Sheriff Tierney (Ronn Carroll) and
Alice; "... we didn't find any boy",
than he's still there." This is quite evident with the
Jason in Part 2. From that time on he has laid his
claim to the title "". Rent this film and all of those that followed!!!
Sean Cunningham, the director of "Friday the
Wes Craven on "Last House on the Left" and
"A Nightmare on Elm Street".
Tom Savini was brought in to do the
special effect on the original "Friday the 13th" because the producers admired
his work in "Dawn of the Dead". Tom would later returned
to the series on "Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter".
The British video version is terribly cut. It is misses nearly
all of the violence and gore, especially Mrs. Voorhees demise.
Cunningham: "Jason started as a gimmick at the end of that
first one. Having him lurch out of the water was a way of going out with a strong visual
image. . . . I didn't know that Jason would be stalking summer camps for the next ten
years. I really had no idea."
Betsy Palmer was chosen to play Jason's mother strictly for the
fact that she could provide her own transport to the set
The original "Friday the 13th"was the most successful
installment in the series grossing over $37 million in revenue. The series as a whole has
grossed in excess of $250 million.
The budget for "Friday the 13th" was $500,000.
Opened Friday, June 13th, 1980. What opened the same day???
The film was shot over a 3 month period from September-October
"Friday the 13th" is banned in Finland.
The film series spawned "Friday the 13th: The Series"
which ran for 3 years from 1987-1990. A total of 72 episodes were shot. Check
Sci-Fi Channel for scheduled airings.
This is Kevin Bacon's first leading role in a feature film. He
made his feature film debut in "National Lampoon's Animal House"(1978)."Trapped in time. Surrounded
by evil. Low on gas."
Camp NoBeBoSo in New Jersey was used for the camp scenes in the
original "Friday the 13th"
The first two films
have been release on DVD with a much rumored boxset due at the end of
A new Freddy vs. Jason film is in the
works , as well as, a new Friday the 13th film.
Click on box cover for these recommendations
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"Friday the 13th" pages.
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13th" on DVD at
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"Friday the 13th" at
Buy "Friday the 13th: Part II" on
Buy "Friday the 13th: Part III" on DVD at
Buy "Friday the 13th Part 4: The Final
Chapter" on DVD at
Buy "Friday the 13th Part V: A New
Beginning" on DVD at
Buy "Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason
Lives" on DVD at
Buy "Friday the 13th Part VII: The New
Blood" on DVD at
Buy "Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason
Takes Manhattan" on DVD at
Buy "Jason Goes To Hell: The Final
Friday" on DVD at
Buy Jason X on DVD at
Buy Freddy vs. Jason on DVD at
Making Friday The 13th: The Legend
Of Camp Blood (book) at
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