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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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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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Box Office

Budget:

$550,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,816,321, 11 May 1980, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$39,754,601

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$59,754,601
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ari Lehman, who had previously auditioned for Sean S. Cunningham's Manny's Orphans (1978), failing to get the part, was determined to land the role of Jason Voorhees. According to Lehman, he went in very intense and afterward Cunningham told him he was perfect for the part. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 21 mins) After Alice bangs at the lock with the end of the gun, the position of the lock and its chains differ in the subsequent consecutive shots. See more »

Quotes

Officer Dorf: I'm looking for somebody.
Ned: Now, who's that?
Officer Dorf: Guy named Ralph. Town crazy.
Ned: [acting silly with the stereotypical Native American headdress on] Well, there's no crazy people around here!
Officer Dorf: I told you to sit on it, Tonto!
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Crazy Credits

We see giant letters proclaiming 'Friday the 13th' moving towards the screen and crashing into and smashing a pane of glass. See more »

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Soundtracks

Down in the Valley
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A Classic, genre defining
24 January 2001 | by 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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