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Friday the 13th


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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 (380 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300214087
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,197 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

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley TOP 100 REVIEWER on Oct. 27 2008
Format: DVD
The original Friday the 13th is not the first, the most original, or the best slasher film ever made, but it is arguably the most influential. You almost have to take off one of your socks to count all of the sequels (and impending remake) this slasher granddaddy has spawned, and I daresay the majority of slasher films littering the genre in all the years since were constructed on the generic and simple framework of the Friday the 13th formula. Critics are still foaming at the mouth in indignation over this film all these years later, so you know it did something right. Of course, by today's standards Friday the 13th registers low (if at all) on the fright meter and really isn't all that gory, but no one can dispute the fact that this film set the stage for innumerable bloody slasher films to come.

Halloween, which is technically a much superior film to this one, had already been released and made lots of money, so it's easy to see why Sean S. Cunningham (who had already cut his horror chops on Last House on the Left) wanted to try his hand at creating a scary slasher film of his own. Cunningham did not have a big studio backing him, so he had to make this an independent, low-budget (barely more than half a million dollars) project. With almost all of the action taking place at Camp Crystal Lake, all Cunningham had to do was to find a viable old campsite, populate it with unknown actors (one of which, Kevin Bacon, went on to become a household name), kill his characters in compellingly different yet simple ways, and smack an ending on top of it.
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andre Farant TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Oct. 23 2011
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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Format: VHS Tape
Sometimes camping isn't all that safe and that's what is shown here in FRIDAY THE 13TH film that gave SLASHER FLICK its meaning. Friday The 13th is the most widely acclaimed horror film in the entire horror genre. The film was highly praised for it's creative and horrifying murder sequences that were all created by Tom Savini.
I know that all of you, even if you didn't see the film, know that Jason Voorhees was not the killer in this, but I'm gonna give the run-down of this movie anyway.
In 1957, poor little Jason Voorhees supposedly drowned in Camp Crystal Lake at the age of 11. He died while his mother was working as the camp's chef. He died while two teenage counselors purposely ignored his cries for help while they discovered things that go "bump" in the night. A year later, 1958, the two counselors that left Jason to supposedly drown are slaughtered by an unknown killer. After the murders, the camp remained shut down for 21 years. June 13, 1979 approaches. Steve Christy is the new boss of Camp Crystal Lake and finally re-opens the camp. He hires seven new counselors: JACK (played Kevin Bacon), MARCIE, BRENDA, ANNIE, NED, BILL, and ALICE (played by Adrienne King). Unfortunately for ANNIE, she never made it to Crystal Lake. The killer got to her and slashed her throat. The remaining six counselors continue with fixing up the place, while Steve goes off for a couple of hours. After the six had dinner, JACK AND MARCIE go into one of the cabins for a little "fun", while Ned becomes another one of the killer's victims. While MARCIE goes off to the bathroom, JACK lays back in bed until the killer reaches up and stabs him through the back of a neck with an arrow. MARCIE is in the bathroom brushing her teeth until she winds up with an axe in her face.
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