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Friday the 13th (Widescreen)

3.8 out of 5 stars 391 customer reviews

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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 391 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00001MXXL
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #123,304 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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– Extended Cut – Rebirth of Jason Voorhees – Additional Scenes --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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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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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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On a lazy sunlit day in 1957, a little boy drowns in woodsy Camp Crystal Lake because the two counselors on duty are making love instead of doing their job. A year later, these two counselors are savagely murdered. The camp is closed down and that of course is that....
Fast forward to 1980. Steve Christy is doing his best to reopen Camp Crystal Lake, having hired six nubile counselors who are all on their way to help with the preparations on Friday the 13th, which just happens to be the birthday of the little boy who drowned.
One by one these counselors are systematically slaughtered by someone who doesn't want the camp reopened.
Annie is a perky young lass hitchhiking up to camp; unfortunately she accepts a ride from a stranger and realizes her mistake too late. "Hey, wasn't that the road to Camp Crystal Lake back there?" The jeep merely accelerates. "Please stop! Please stop!" Annie finally catapults herself out of the speeding vehicle into a ditch. Her leg sprained, she manages to get to her feet just as the jeep backs up toward her and stops. She flees into the woods, while the black-trousered killer follows swiftly. Annie limps through the forest to a tree and leans back...only to see, to her horror, that her fate is sealed: a dagger is ripped across her throat, slicing it open.
Night falls and Marcie, a panty-clad lithe counselor, is alone in the restroom washing her hands when she hears a noise. "Ollie-ollie-in-free!" she giggles, yanking back the shower curtains. Then a shadow appears. Marcie cowers in the shower stall as an axe guillotines downward in a scintillating arc, splitting her head open like a ripe melon.
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Schlock movie maker Sean S. Cunningham had every intention of making a buck with this gory little movie that truly launched the slasher craze of the early 80s. That he made a cinematic legend was strictly an accident.
John Carpenter's Halloween had proved to be a huge hit just a year or two previous to this film and making a similar slaughter date movie to cash in on the trend seemed a good idea. So Friday the 13th (another 'bad date' title) was born.
Like Halloween the movie starts with the post coital murder of two sneak away lovers, roll credits and jump forward to 'The Present'. A well meaning camp counselor is trying to reopen Camp Crystal Lake much to the distaste of the locals, for it is there that the pre-credit murders happened. It seems that so much bad luck has befallen camps in the area that just about everyone agrees that it must have a death curse. Boy have they got that right. For someone is lurking in the woods, watching and stalking the gathering counselors, and when night falls and a storm rolls in, the killer pounces. Again and again the blood flows freely at Camp Crystal Lake.
Nothing more than a simplistic low budget exploitation shocker, Friday the 13th's biggest controversy wasn't its sex and graphic bloodletting, but that a major Hollywood studio (Paramount) would even buy the distribution rights and release such a sleazy item, not to mention making a mint doing so. This might be worth viewing for those interested in seeing the birth of a cinematic trend that would take years to burn out - only to come back again and again just like the unstoppable killers that populated it. Just remember that Friday the 13th is really nothing special, just a little exploitation flick that got very lucky. Recommended to the curious.
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