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Victor Miller (written by) and
Sean S. Cunningham (story)
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Release Date:
9 May 1980 (USA) See more »
On Friday The 13th, They Began To Die Horribly, One......By One (UK - Theatrical Tagline) See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A Date to Remember See more (666 total) »


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Directed by
Sean S. Cunningham 
Writing credits
Victor Miller (written by)

Sean S. Cunningham  story
Ron Kurz  uncredited
Victor Miller  story

Produced by
Sean S. Cunningham .... producer
Alvin Geiler .... executive producer
Steve Miner .... associate producer (as Stephen Miner)
Original Music by
Harry Manfredini 
Cinematography by
Barry Abrams (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Bill Freda 
Casting by
Julie Hughes 
Barry Moss 
Production Design by
Virginia Field (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Virginia Field 
Robert Topol (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Caron Coplan (wardrobe designer)
Makeup Department
Tom Savini .... special makeup effects
Taso N. Stavrakis .... special makeup effects assistant (as Taso Stavrakis)
Katharine Vickers .... hair stylist: Miss Palmer
Katharine Vickers .... makeup artist
Cecilia Verardi .... key makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Steve Miner .... unit production manager (as Stephen Miner)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephen Ross .... second assistant director
Cindy Veazey .... assistant director
Art Department
Christine Gardyasz .... assistant properties (as Chris Gardyasz)
Alice MaGuire .... property mistress (as Alice Maguire)
Daniel E. Mahon .... assistant to art director (as Danny Mahon)
Sound Department
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recordist
Richard Murphy .... sound mixer
David Platt .... boom
Vanessa Theme Ament .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist (uncredited)
Mary Jo Lang .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Jerry Trent .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Steven Kirshoff .... atmospheric effects (as Steve Kirshoff)
Tom Savini .... stunts
Robert Tramontin .... motorcycle stunt
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Beard .... second electric (as Philip Beard)
Jim Bekiaris .... best boy (as Jim Bekaris)
Richard Berger .... second assistant camera
Robert Brady .... second assistant camera
Richard Feury .... still photographer
Mike Hirsch .... assistant camera: second unit
William Klayer .... electric: second unit
Braden Lutz .... camera operator
Tad Page .... gaffer
Carl Peterson .... grip
Larry Reibman .... gaffer: second unit
Robert D. Shulman .... key grip (as Bob Shulman)
Peter Stein .... camera: second unit
John Verardi .... first assistant camera
Ronald Vidor .... a camera operator/steadicam
Ronald Vidor .... second unit: cinematographere
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anne King .... wardrobe assistant
Jan Shoebridge .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
Susan E. Cunningham .... associate editor
Jay Keuper .... assistant editor
Location Management
Michael Calvello .... location auditor
Music Department
Harry Bluestone .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor (uncredited)
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Chuck Domanico .... musician: bass soloist (uncredited)
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer (uncredited)
Kenneth Hall .... music editor (uncredited)
Randy Kerber .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Harry Manfredini .... conductor (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Jack K. Tillar .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Rudy Churny .... transportation captain (as Rudy Churney)
Other crew
Willie Adams .... production assistant
Michael Barry .... production assistant
Michael Hall .... production assistant
Martin Kitrosser .... script supervisor
Ted Lowry .... titles
Denise Pinckley .... production office coordinator
Cecilia Verardi .... production assistant (as Cindie M. Verardi)
Norman Bedell .... special thanks: Chief, Blairstown Police Department
Richard Skow .... special thanks: Chief, Blairstown Fire Department

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95 min
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To get their roles the younger actresses had to read the monologue about the nightmare and the rain turning to blood.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): (at around 10 mins) Annie tells the truck driver she will cook for 50 kids, but later (at around 19 mins) tells the jeep driver she doesn't like to call children "kids".See more »
Jack:[seeing Bill with a machete raised] Jesus, Bill! What are you doing?
Bill:There's a snake in here!
Marcie:Why are we in here?
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73 out of 101 people found the following review useful.
A Date to Remember, 2 August 2006
Author: Duzniak38 from Essex

Friday the 13th. The movie which turned around the horror genre and gave us one of the most unforgettable villains and endings, is, and always will be a horror classic. Friday the 13th doesn't set out to be glossy and glamorous. Friday the 13th sets out to do what it wants to do; and that is, make you sit on the edge of your seat, feel uncomfortable and unnerved, to make you frightened when you go to bed after watching it. Friday the 13th delivers all of the fantastic horror goods. The plot revolves around American teenagers, who are the new counsellors at the apparently jinxed Camp Crystal Lake. These naive, horny youngsters have a one-track mind and break all of the innocent borders which has more depth than you would think. Basically, the message is "Don't have pre-marital sex, or you'll die" just like many of Friday the 13th's predecessors and clones send out as well. Friday the 13th has a variety of characters, all who you could possibly relate to. These characters are then slowly followed and hacked off one by one, in dark, gory, claustrophobic manners, which may leave you frightened in the same way Psycho made showers scary. As the camp counsellors are knocked off one by one, the tension rises higher and higher. Along the journey of carnage, the hugely effective soundtrack really creeps under your skin, highlighting how jumpy and scary the events happening on screen really are. For example when a chase scene occurs, the music may speed up, the tempo rising and jittering, almost moving like the characters on screen are. The acting in Friday the 13th is not bad at all; some of the actors/actresses may be a little amateur, but there is nothing terrible in this picture. The settings are also very effective. The stalkings and slaying in broad daylight and open spaces are a twist in a new direction, showing that not everything has to happen in the dark, in a small isolated house on the top of a hill, so the variation of location makes forests, cabins and even lakes more unappealing to the viewers afterwards, and may leave them creeped out by the aforementioned places. The camera-work is also very effective. The way the camera 'stalks' the victim behind trees and bushes, and the way the camera chases after it's victims as the point of view of the villain is unique and exciting, and adds a more tense and faster chill to the movie. Friday the 13th may play as a clichéd slasher, a story of sex equalling carnage, but it plays so effectively well it is a too important horror movie to simply be dismissed. It collects everything appealing about the 80's horror genre and wraps it up neatly into this fantastic horror package. A classic in it's genre.

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