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Friday the 13th (1980)

A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child's drowning.

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Storyline

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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On Friday The 13th, They Began To Die Horribly, One......By One (UK - Theatrical Tagline) See more »


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9 May 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The casting was done by TNI Casting, a New York-based casting agency well-known and respected in the theater community in New York. Friday the 13th was their first horror film, and many of the actors were stage brats drawn to the auditions based upon the stellar reputations of the casting directors, having only the vaguest of clues as to what kind of film they were truly auditioning for. The most famous of these actors was Kevin Bacon, who had been in his first film, Animal House, six months prior, but had, to his surprise, returned right back to the life of a work-a-day actor. He was the only one they auditioned for the part in Friday the 13th. See more »

Goofs

(around 38 min) Alice is standing in the open doorway while it's raining and asking where Jack and Marcie are. Her right sleeve gets soaked from the rain. 5 seconds later, she goes to the fireplace and joins the others, and now her sleeve is completely dry. See more »

Quotes

Marcie: [to Jack] You are so fine.
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Crazy Credits

Other than the credits where's the actors list, rather than, starring the cast list, at the end, are used. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Final Stab (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

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Performed by Angela Rotella
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The original horror classic!
29 May 2000 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

In 1980, two years after "Halloween" scared the hell out of everybody, "Friday the 13th" was released to theaters. This was a clever knockoff of the John Carpenter horror classic, only this one was more violent and gruesome. That aspect turned critics off big time. But moviegoers couldn't resist. They flocked to see this movie and made it a big hit. I never saw this film on the big screen because I was only 9 years old when it came out. After I saw it on cable a few years later, it scared the hell out of me! It doesn't scare me that much today, but it's a far more effective horror/thriller than the last five movies in the series (parts 5 through 9). They should have stopped making these "Friday the 13th" movies after the fourth film, which was subtitled "The Final Chapter". And you know what's even scarier, they're making part 10. "Friday the 13th" was the beginning of the sick slasher genre that played out during the early 1980s. The first films in both the "Halloween" and "Friday the 13th" series' were easily the best. "Halloween" was a great horror film. "Friday the 13th" isn't up there with "Halloween", but it's a well-crafted gorefest.

*** (out of four)


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