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Friday the 13th (1980)

 -  Horror  -  9 May 1980 (USA)
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Camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp that was the site of a child's drowning.

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One summer at Camp Crystal Lake, a group of young counselors begin to get ready to lead campers. Unfortunately for the former, someone isn't happy about what's going on in the camp and enjoys playing kill the counselor. As bodies fall to the ground in the camp, no one is safe. Written by FilmFanUK

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A 24-hour nightmare of terror. See more »

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9 May 1980 (USA)  »

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A Long Night at Camp Blood  »

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$550,000 (estimated)

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$37,465,200 (USA)
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The two Jeeps used in this film are actually the same Jeep, shown with and without its soft top. The model is a 1972 CJ-5. See more »

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When Jack and Marcie are in bed together, the close-ups show Jack's hand up near Marcie's neck, but in the side shots they are by her body. See more »

Quotes

Pamela Voorhees: She can't hide; no place to hide.
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A Classic, genre defining
24 January 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Without a doubt, the work of Cunningham and Carpenter during 1978 & 1980 rocked the world of the horror genre. Friday the 13th is one of the films that to this day still has repercussions. It demonstrated the importance of setting the tone in horror movies, making the audience themselves feel as if they too were being stalked. Cunningham also was one of the few directors to introduce the idea of a possible female serial killer.

Without this film, Scream's Randy would have never uttered those famous words, 'There are certain rules to surviving a horror movie..' This film combined with Carpenter's Halloween, firmly etched the rules in stone. The creepy music, the infamous "ch-ch-ch-ha-ha-ha", the crude photography and the graphic depiction of the murders of the counsellors all blend together to give a classic piece of film history. It scared the hell out of multitudes of teenagers who, in many instances could see themselves in the victims of the stalker. These weren't bad people getting killed, these were just your typical average American kids, having a good time, getting picked off.

That is what makes this film so defining, that is why, for all its crude and harsh imagery, this is a classic. This is why alot of recent attempts at horror don't measure up. It's not the effects or the blood necessarily, it's the atmosphere and the familiarity that bring it home.It is more frightening to think, "That could be me"


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