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Friday the 13th (Widescreen)

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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
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • Release Date: Oct. 19 1999
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (379 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00001MXXL
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #104,883 in DVD (See Top 100 in 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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3.8 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 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 Robert the Psychoman on June 22 2004
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By falcon TOP 1000 REVIEWER 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 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 vote for Friday the 13th is a 3/5
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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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