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  • Actors: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Jeannine Taylor, Robbi Morgan, Kevin Bacon
  • Directors: Sean S. Cunningham
  • Writers: Sean S. Cunningham, Ron Kurz, Victor Miller
  • Producers: Sean S. Cunningham, Alvin Geiler, Steve Miner
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: Jan. 8 2004
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (385 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300214087
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,653 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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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

Special Features

– Extended Cut – Rebirth of Jason Voorhees – Additional Scenes --This text refers to the DVD edition.

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Tweeder on May 24 2004
Format: DVD
Director: Sean S. Cunningham
Cast: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Harry Crosby, Kevin Bacon.
Running Time: 95 minutes.
Rated R for violence, gore, language, and mild sexual situations.
One of the more influential slasher films of all time, "Friday the 13th" was one of the few in the series that was moderately scary, used specific camera positioning and foreground for its scares, and possessed a fairly intelligent script. A group of camp counselors are looking forward to their work at Crystal Lake campsite, only to hear the warnings from townies that they are in severe danger and that they should leave immediately. Ignoring these threats, the teenagers live life as if they are no worries.
Their attitudes change when a maniac killer starts to knock off all of the counselors, each in a gory fashion one-by-one. Adrienne King is the main scream queen, running around the camp finding dead bodies all over and finally encountering the killer and learns the truth of the systematic murder spree. Excellent special effects by master Tom Savini and a tense, dramatic musical score, yet the performances are fairly laughable and the plot gets old quickly (which obviously means they should make nine more sequels!). The final scene is absolutely terrifying! Not one of the best, but still important to the genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By falcon on May 30 2009
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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Format: DVD
My review May Have spoilers
It is a very good movie that begins with 2 counselors in 1958 being killed then cut to credits. That scene was chilling alone. Then a character named Annie gets screen time that makes it seem she will be the heroine or survivor. She is trying to get a ride to Camp where she will be a cook. She hitches a ride with the wrong person. She is chased into the wods and killed. Then we see all the counselors at camp. Bill, Alice, Brenda, Jack, Marcie, and Ned with their boss Steve who leaves for town. Then systematically most are killed Ned is Knifed then Jack is arrowed then Marcie is stalked in a bathroom where she is axed. Then Brenda is killed offscreen. Leaving Alice and Bill at camp.....ALONE. Then Steve comes Back but is you guessed it stabbed. The lights go out so Bill goes to the generator. Alice makes coffee and is alone she waits then gooes to look for Bill. She finds him dead. Arrowed to a door.
Alice is freaking out when a body is thrown through the window. Then Mrs Voorhess "an old friend of the Christy's" comes.
SPOILERS
She is revealed as the killer. She is angry that her son drown in 57 so she is taking revenge on all of the counselors and after a suspenseful chase after Alice. Alice gets a Machete and chops the hags head off. She gets in a boat and the next mornuing is pulled under water by jasons young corpse. She wakes in a hospitol and then the movie ends.
Overall a great scary movie
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Format: DVD
Friday the 13th shocked audiences way back in 1980 and it's still a classic today.I love this movie, it's perfectly made and is nothing short of a masterpeice.And it was an original at the time of it's release.And it keeps you guessing because it doesn't reveil who the killer is until the end. Let's take a look-see. We've got seven attractive councelors heading up to Camp crystal lake or camp blood as the locals in the nearby town prefer to call it.One by one they get the slice..or the axe..or the arrow through the neck in Jack's (Kevin Bacon's) case.But that's the way it is.The killer is reveiled to be....(and sorry to be a spoiler if by any chance you didn't know)...Mrs. Pamala Voorhees. Her motive? Years ago she worked as a cook in the same camp and her son Jason drowned in the lake coz the councelors who were supposed to be keeping an eye on him were getting it on instead, a huge no-no.So basicly Mrs.Voorhees never got over the loss of her son. And there it is.Perhaps the thing I like most about this movie-it's so sad! I mean even if mother and son are a pair of homicidle maniacs.But it's all out of love awww[...] think it's sweet in a weird, twisted kind of way, and it adds an emotional streak to this horror movie.This is something that all the critics manage to overlook,but they are being superficial.Now gorehounds shouldn't overlook this either,there's stabbing,slashing,spearing,chopping-the whole deal.So all up Friday the 13th really does have something in it for everyone,and may I just say that the final scare at the end is one of if not the best scare ever. This was Deathgirl telling you why every real horror fan (and a lot of other people as well) love Friday the 13th..doomed,you're all doomed!
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