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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
– Extended Cut – Rebirth of Jason Voorhees – Additional Scenes --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
Better than original Friday the 13th with elements of the first three films. I love the unrated extended edition. This movie is better than original. Loved it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jason Hutton
This movie can ward off bad luck on Friday the 13th. It can also ward of jobs and girlfriends if you like it too much.Published 4 months ago by Geoffrey J. B. Edwards
My husband and I collect horror classics and this was a must have for our collection.
We enjoy having "movie-a-thons" this was a great edition to our collection!
This is a 1980 classic slasher film that really scared people. Even though the sequels ruined its reputation Friday the 13th is an original and one of the best horror films.Published 10 months ago by Mike Moses
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 on April 23 2013 by Cai