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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: #108,841 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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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..
Today..!
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 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
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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