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Friday the 13th

Betsy Palmer , Adrienne King , Sean S. Cunningham    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (377 customer reviews)

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This splatter flick, along with John Carpenter's Halloween, helped spawn the great horror-movie movement of the '80s, not to mention eight sequels, many of which had nothing to do with the films that preceded them. It also gave birth to Jason Voorhees, one of the three biggest horror-movie psychos of the modern era (the other two being Halloween's Michael Myers and A Nightmare on Elm Street's Freddy Krueger). Forever duplicated, the original Friday the 13th popularized a number of themes and techniques that today are now clichés: the increasingly gory murders, the remote forest location, the anonymous and nubile cast, the murderer as cult hero, and, of course, the moral that if you have sex, you will die, very painfully. Still, if you have to see a Friday the 13th movie, this is the one to check out. A group of eager (and horny) teenagers decide to reopen Camp Crystal Lake, which 20 years earlier was closed after the shocking and mysterious murders of two amorous camp counselors. You can take it from there, as the teens get picked off one by one, during a dark and stormy night; of course, their car won't start and there's no phone. The ending stole shamelessly from Brian De Palma's Carrie, but it still provides a slight if campy shock. Look for a young Kevin Bacon as the requisite stud--you can tell that's what he is because when the cast appears in swimsuits, he's wearing a Speedo--who's the beneficiary of the film's best murder sequence, an arrowhead to the throat. Right after having sex, of course. --Mark Englehart

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars great musical score May 30 2009
By falcon
Format:DVD
i have no doubt that if i had seen this when it first came out in
1980,it would have scared the crap out of me.in the present day
though,i didn't find it scary,mainly because i have seen so many
horror/slasher movies since then.this movie is hardly graphic or
shocking at all compare to today's feature film,and even some TV
shows,for that matter.however,i will say really enjoyed the musical
score by Henry Manfredini,who must have been influenced strongly by
Bernard Herman,who scored Psycho.i believe Kevin bacon makes his big
screen debut here,but i could be wrong.the acting for this type of
movie is fine,although i have to single out Betsy Palmer for really
standing out.this movie spawned,i believe,10 sequels,all differing in
quality.my vote for Friday the 13th is a 3/5
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars @ DeanWinchester79 Feb. 22 2012
Format:Blu-ray
This is uncut. You must be imagining a gorier version or you're thinking of the remake. Before you confuse people, learn a little about the films you're reviewing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good entertainment April 23 2013
By Cai
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The Friday the 13th movies aren't all that great. The stories all kinda dull with too many characters. Still a classic for slasher movie fans!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Killer Collection Nov. 26 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I'm very happy with this collection. The DVD's come in this book that contains facts about the film's production and fun facts like weapons that jason uses and number of kills per film.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jason reborn.... again!! Nov. 2 2011
By DeanWinchester79 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
This remake of "Friday the 13th" has a lot going for it, my fave is having Jared Padalecki (Supernatural's Sam Winchester) in the lead role. But the one thing that I didn't like is having Jason being an ordinary guy - super strong but a human. Although Jason is royally pissed at whoever enters his woods, and a big shout goes to Derek Mears for making Jason fun again, the only solid acting comes from Padalecki. The others are only there for sex, booze and drugs. And like any other "Friday", you know what's going to happen. The plot is based on the first four with the end having aspects from part 5 and "Jason Goes to Hell". The sound is crap, however. A dolby trueHD... A great remake.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, this movie ain't a winner. Feb. 20 2010
Format:DVD
Kids go to rich boys cottage for party. One by one they get killed off by jason. Some sex and booze but plot for this one didn't take a genius to think up and the writer for this one isn't the most clever. I am a huge fan of horror and I was mildly excited to see this one but at the end I was pretty dissapointed. Too bad.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, simple, effective. Nov. 4 2012
By Rosalie
Format:DVD
I have never been a huge Slasher movie fan, but I was curious, since this is truly the beginning of it all, the whole series. I was really surprised at how good it was. The storyline is great, the actors are so so (80's and all) and the ending was AMAZING! It really is not what you would expect and the stress and anxiety really lasts until the end. I loved the simplicity of the movie and the fact that it's not overly gory. Special mention to the music : it truly makes this movie!! It was unbelievable! A great addition to any horror movies collection.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than it had any right to be Oct. 23 2011
By Andre Farant TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
A surprisingly decent remake, especially given that it was made by those responsible for the atrocious reworking of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. This film combines the first three originals into one and, let's face it, the Friday the 13th movies, though culturally significant genre-wise, were not good movies and, in my opinion, were ripe for a remake.

The plot here is of little importance. Suffice to say that the kills are quick, brutal and reasonably imaginative, the nudity is suitably gratuitous, and the victims pleasantly, almost nostalgically typical. The most notable change here is a streamlined Jason, more fullback than linebacker; a sort of semi-feral woodsman-survivalist.

For fans of slasher flicks, it's worth a view.
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