Review: Friday the 13th (1980)

Taking a trip to Crystal Lake visiting the mother of all summer camp slashers. Chi-chi-chi-ha-ha-ha…

blu“FRIDAY THE 13TH”
1980
Horror/Slasher
USA

Director: Sean S. Cunningham
Stars: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Kevin Bacon
Distributor: Paramount
Runtime: 95 mins
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“Doomed. You’re all doomed!”

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Camp Crystal Lake is opening again after past misfortunes. It’s Friday 13th and a bunch of young councelors are prepping the Camp for summer. But one by one they get murdered. Can some of them get away before dawn breaks?

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The start of one of the biggest horror franchises. A movie who was made basically to rip off “Halloween”(1978) and make money. It did. It grossed ten times the budget on the opening day alone. This is as Slasher as it gets. Screaming teenagers, sex and murders. And as the later films in the franchise, the murders are done with different weapons and in different ways. A decent start and a good slasher, with good SFX by Tom Savini. The score is also worth mentioning, original and brilliant. The canoe-scene at the end is a scary treat that also opens up for something supernatural that in the end could move the franchise forward. A horror classic.

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The complete Friday the 13th box is just GREAT! You have audio commentaries, featurettes, interviews, shorts, booklet and merchandise. Whatever you want to know, you’ll get to know.

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Bodycount: 10

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