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Friday the 13th (Widescreen)

Betsy Palmer , Adrienne King , Sean S. Cunningham    DVD
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars THIS is supposed to be scary? July 5 2004
Format:VHS Tape
After taking in and enjoying 'Freddy vs. Jason' at a friend's place some time back, I decided to delve into the past cinematic exploits of the movie's titular combatants. So I hit the local rental shack and picked up the initial installment of the 'Friday the 13th' series. And after givin' it a view I found myself kinda disappointed... 'cuz it wasn't really all that scary to me. Okay, so the scenes showing the chick gettin' an ax to the forehead, and Kevin Bacon literally being given the shaft were a little nasty... but scary? Um, no. I even found myself saying, "Ah, give me a break!" out loud during the former scene, it was so silly. Not even the climactic head-chopping scene did anything for me-except perhaps snicker at the relatively hokey effects involved. It mighta looked somewhat realistic at the time it was filmed, but to me it resembled the kinda gore effects you'd see in a Troma film with a slightly higher budget!
On the upside, I rather enjoyed the hokiness and predictability of the proceedings. This first 'Friday' also set up a few of the franchise's staples, like boinking and use of illicit substances leading to the untimely demise of the victims by the killer. And we can't forget the scene following the climax that suggests the carnage ain't over, and a sequel is afoot! Which I'll be checkin' out the next time I hit the local rental store. Hopefully it'll actually be a little scarier than what I saw here...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Better..!! -Low Budget..!! -Camera angles..!! June 22 2004
Director; -Sean S. Cunningham.. -Did a o.k job on
this one.. -And took it with this low budget
camera angle's.. -Really good.. -The music by
Harry Mandfredini.. -Is wonderfull.. -I've have
bought all the DVD'S.. -The picture is down right
top notch.. -Way two go paramount..! -I'm ashame
that their are no extra's for this film..?
As far the rest of it's sequel's that came.. -But
we get something good.. -Here.. -Their is a decent trailer..?
That is a bit longer.. -But it is worth a shot..
this was 24 dollers when it was release two DVD..!
Not a bad price.. -Sean Cunnignham.. -The producer
of; -The Last House on The Left.. -1972.. -Doe's
really outlandish jabb with the murder scene's..
Great outdoor camp set up by the director of
photography.. -The musicial score creeps and creeps
until the movie is over with.. -Even though the
old score is tame by other horror film's..
I know that others said this before..! -I am a
horror slasher fanatic..? -I've been watching horror
all my life.. -But; -Sean, -fitt's this with the
buck.. -For a real horror fan in him..?
Don't worry about those ho hate; -Part 2.. -It
was a great sequel.. -But; -is the same thing as
this bread genera.. -This is; -Kevin Bacon's..
first role; -As a sex crazed staffer ho will be XXX
by Mrs. -Voorhee's in a bunck bed in the middle
scene.. -Which is one of my favorite; -scene's..
perfectly; -executed..?
The movie begin's, -with; -Two staffers getting bump
off by Mrs. -Voorhees.. -The Prowler.. -Ho ever..!
As the movie goe's two the present.. -We are introduce
two Annie.. -The food cook for the inner kidd's..
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Despite its popularity, FRIDAY THE 13TH still got a lot of flak from critics, and I must say they make a lot of good points against the movie. Okay, I won't go so far as critic Roger Ebert did when he said the film was "beneath contempt"---sure, compared to its superior predecessor HALLOWEEN, FRIDAY THE 13TH really is exploitation hackwork, but it isn't totally horrible as a horror flick. Director Sean S. Cunningham at the very least has a decent sense of how to create a tense atmosphere that gives the movie more class than it deserves---he isn't necessarily just interested in the next murder, like some lesser directors might be. It's too bad, though, that Cunningham knows very little about building suspense, relying instead on gruesome cheap shocks to make an effect. And he shows almost no sense of style---a stark contrast to John Carpenter, for whom style was just about everything in HALLOWEEN. In addition to all that, the film's attempt at being some kind of mystery totally fails, since the eventual solution to it is so out-of-left-field (not like it really matters anyway, right?).
Tom Savini's notorious gore effects in this one are admittedly kinda cool, though---and, in its own way, groundbreaking. In the film's own way, too, FRIDAY THE 13TH is groundbreaking, but for the wrong reason: it inspired a slew of imitators in the '80s that tried to make even more outrageously violent and bloody slasher flicks, where gore was everything and true horror was zero. FRIDAY THE 13TH might not have been "beneath contempt," but the bloody-slasher-flick subgenre it helped popularize sure became so. Still, on its own, FRIDAY THE 13TH is a sometimes decent but generally mediocre slasher flick.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Friday the 13th (1980) May 24 2004
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Good entertainment
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!
Published 17 months ago by Cai
5.0 out of 5 stars A Killer Collection
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... Read more
Published 22 months ago by creepshow
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, simple, effective.
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. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Rosalie
4.0 out of 5 stars @ DeanWinchester79
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.
Published on Feb. 22 2012 by S. Masson
4.0 out of 5 stars Jason reborn.... again!!
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2011 by DeanWinchester79
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than it had any right to be
A surprisingly decent remake, especially given that it was made by those responsible for the atrocious reworking of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2011 by Andre Farant
1.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE THIS IS NOT UNCUT
I bought this Blu ray early in 2010 after seeing that it was uncut. The very first time I saw this movie it had so much more gore than the regular version, it actually made me... Read more
Published on Sept. 4 2011 by DeanWinchester79
1.0 out of 5 stars Predictable ... One of the worst movies ever
Friday the 13th does not mention anything about it being Friday. All the scenes are very predictable. You can tell what type of people will be the first to die. Read more
Published on May 23 2010 by Sam
2.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, this movie ain't a winner.
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... Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2010 by Colin Gross
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst. Friday. Ever.
People actually liked this movie?! I am a huge fan of slasher, and I own every Friday the 13th up to this point, but it would appear the Micheal Bay is trying to destroy another... Read more
Published on Nov. 29 2009 by Neko
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