Friday the 13th (1980) Poster


Jump to: Spoilers (11)
Betsy Palmer said that if it were not for the fact that she was in desperate need of a new car, she would never have taken the part of Pamela Voorhees. In fact, after she read the script she called the film "a piece of shit".
The movie was filmed at Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco in New Jersey. The camp is still in operation, and it has a wall of Friday the 13th (1980) paraphernalia to honor that the movie was set there.
The scene with the snake was not in the script and was an idea from Tom Savini after an experience in his own cabin during filming. The snake in the scene was real, including its on-screen death.
The filmmakers never intended to make this the launching pad for the series that followed. According to Victor Miller, Jason was only meant as a plot device and not intended to continue on his mother's grisly work.
While most of the cast and crew stayed at local hotels during the filming, some of the loyal cast and crew members, including Tom Savini, and Taso N. Stavrakis, stayed at the actual camp site. They had Savini's Betamax VCR and only a couple of movies (Barbarella (1968) and Marathon Man (1976)) on videotape to keep themselves entertained, so each night they would watch one of these movies. To this day, Savini says he can recite those movies by heart.
One critic was so angry at Betsy Palmer's role in the movie (which had angered many of her fans), that he published her address in his magazine, and encouraged people to write her and protest her. He published the wrong address.
Special-effects Supervisor Tom Savini performed the arrow shot that narrowly missed Brenda when she was setting up the archery target.
Victor Miller had originally given Jason the name of Josh. After deciding that it sounded too nice, he changed it to Jason after a school bully.
Victor Miller admitted that he was purposely riding off the success of John Carpenter's Halloween (1978).
The film made $39,754,601 and had a budget of $550,000.
Tom Savini was one of the first crew members on board for the film because the producers idolized his special makeup effects in Dawn of the Dead (1978).
Willie Adams was a crew member for the film. Although he spent most his time working behind the camera, he played the male counsellor in the 1958 scene, and holds the unique distinction of being the first murder victim in the Friday the 13th film series.
Victor Miller's working title for the script was "Long Night at Camp Blood".
Sean S. Cunningham came up with the title of the film and placed in an ad in the trade papers to create interest in the movie prior to having a script.
Sean S. Cunningham wanted to cast his son Noel Cunningham as Jason, but his wife Susan E. Cunningham wouldn't let him do this.
At one point, Mrs. Voorhess slaps Alice around a few times. Having worked onstage for years, Betsy Palmer was used to really striking her co-stars with a cupped hand along the jawline to achieve the scene. Sean S. Cunningham had to tell her about faking the blows and cheating with camera angles.
Most of the location and set were already there. The crew only had to build the bathroom set.
Sean S. Cunningham has been quoted as saying that the type of actors that he sought for the film were "good-looking kids who you might see in a Pepsi commercial."
Betsy Palmer worked on the film for ten days, for which she received $1000 per day.
In the script, Marcie's death scene was originally meant to show an arrow hitting her chest in the archery area. Depsite popular belief, this was never filmed.
Crazy Ralph was called Ralphie Ratboy in an earlier draft of the script.
In the French dubbed version, Jason is called Jackie. His named has been restored to Jason in each of the following sequels, including the intro of Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) which is the ending of this film.
Sally Field auditioned for the role of Alice Hardy.
Victor Miller wrote the script in about two weeks. Moreover, Miller never went to summer camp when he was a kid.
Filming lasted 28 days.
There is a township named Voorhees, New Jersey, which is about eight miles away from Haddonfield, New Jersey, which was inspiration for the fictional town where the movie Halloween (1978) took place. The documentary Halloween: 25 Years of Terror (2006) shows a picture of a road sign that lists Voorhees right under Haddonfield. The township was named for Foster McGowan Voorhees, the governor of New Jersey from 1899 to 1902. The surname "Voorhees" is of Dutch heritage, and is also a common family in New Jersey.
The film takes place on June 13, 1958 and June 13, 1979.
7 of 7 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
There is a real summer camp named Camp Crystal located near Starke, Fl.
The film has been spoofed a number of times, most notably in Saturday the 14th (1981)
Adrienne King at first did not want to be in the film because of the graphic violence in it, but she changed her mind.
The editing of the film took ten weeks.
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.
This was Betsy Palmer's first film since The Last Angry Man (1959) 21 years earlier.
3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Estelle Parsons was originally signed on to play Mrs. Voorhees.
Steve Christy is named after Steve Miner, the film's associate producer.
9 of 14 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
In 1987, Warner Bros. released the film on home video in the UK. Shortly after, they realized they made a typo on the back cover in the film's credits ("Harry Crosy" instead of "Harry Crosby"). They quickly rectified this mistake and released a slightly altered cover the next year.
9 of 14 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Camp Crystal Lake was established in 1935.
4 of 5 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Adrienne King auditioned for the roles of Brenda, Marcie, and Annie before being cast as Alice Hardy.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Adrienne King's scream was the deal breaker when she was auditioning for Alice.
4 of 15 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
The knife used by Mrs. Voorhees in the film was a Sabre Monarch 171 Bowie knife.
1 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Composer Harry Manfredini has said that contrary to popular belief, the famous "Chi, chi, chi; ha, ha, ha" in the film's score is actually "Ki, ki, ki; ma, ma, ma". It is meant to resemble Jason's voice saying "Kill, kill, kill; mom, mom, mom" in Mrs. Voorhees's mind. It was inspired by the scene in which Pamela Voorhees seems to be possessed by Jason and chants, "Get her, mommy! Kill her!" Manfredini created the effect by speaking the syllables "ki" and "ma" into a microphone running through a delay effect.
Makeup designer Tom Savini thought up the idea of Jason's surprise appearance at the end of the movie.
Kevin Bacon's character, lying in bed with his throat impaled by an arrow, has the blood in his neck making little bubbles. Originally, it was just meant to seep out, but the arrangement of the tube with blood didn't work, and Tom Savini ended up blowing into the tube to make it flow, causing an unintended (but ultimately used) bubbling effect.
During the first few weekends of the film's release, makeup/effects artist Tom Savini would go into theaters for the last five minutes of the show to see the audience react to Jason emerging from the lake and grabbing Alice.
Top-billed Betsy Palmer does not actually appear on screen for more than 13 minutes. Ironically enough, a stand-in male actor was used for the first 70 minutes of the film in which she is never supposed to be recognized.
There is rumored to be a deleted scene featuring the murder of Claudette. The crew of the film dismissed this, including Tom Savini, who said he never even worked on the opening scene. There is, however, a still of Claudette with a machete in her throat, although that may have been shot purely for promotional material.
The film's make-up effects artist (Tom Savini) doubles for Brenda in the shot in which her body is thrown through a window.
at around 1h 11 mins) In the scene where Bill is found impaled to a door with arrows, his eye twitches continually because the eye effect that Tom Savini applied was actually burning his eye and causing him excruciating pain.
Body count: 11 (including the snake).
In the original first draft of the script, Mrs. Voorhees was supposed to lose her little finger while attempting to kill Barry.
at around 1h 30 mins) The fake ending scene in which Alice is attacked by Jason, was shot three times. Once in September, then October and finally in November, when the temperature was 28 degrees outside.

See also

Goofs | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

Contribute to This Page