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Friday the 13th (1980)

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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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Sean S. Cunningham

Writer:

Victor Miller
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Betsy Palmer ... Mrs. Voorhees
Adrienne King ... Alice
Jeannine Taylor ... Marcie
Robbi Morgan ... Annie
Kevin Bacon ... Jack
Harry Crosby ... Bill
Laurie Bartram ... Brenda
Mark Nelson ... Ned
Peter Brouwer ... Steve Christy
Rex Everhart ... The Truck Driver
Ronn Carroll ... Sgt. Tierney
Ron Millkie ... Officer Dorf
Walt Gorney ... Crazy Ralph
Willie Adams ... Barry
Debra S. Hayes ... Claudette
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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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Kill...Kill...Kill...Uncut (Deluxe Edition DVD) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Long Night at Camp Blood See more »

Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby (DVD re-release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was inspired by both Halloween, a blockbuster slasher movie, and Meatballs, a teen sex comedy set in a summer camp, which had come out the year before and were both big hits, focusing on the youth market. See more »

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(at around 19 mins) When Ned is aiming the bow at Brenda, its angle differs between shots. See more »

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Claudette: [having sex] Barry's out of bounds... Barry...
Barry: Come on, a man's not made out of stone.
Claudette: [whispers] Somebody's there!
Barry: [notices who it is] We weren't doing anything. We were just messing...
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Other than the credits where's the actors list, rather than, starring the cast list, at the end, are used. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the original uncut version, we see Brenda's death at the archery range. Mrs. Voorhees, prepares a bow and arrow and graphically shoots Brenda who falls back into the target, screaming as she dies. This was one of the scenes that was cut to avoid an X-rating due to the violence. In the R-rated version, Brenda is killed off-screen. See more »


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Having sex = Being hacked to death !!!
7 November 2017 | by avik-basu1889See all my reviews

To call the characters paper thin will be an understatement. They are just meant to be in the film to get killed off one by one. I could go crazy with my interpretive brain and propose that film is trying to explore the friction between the conflicting ideologies of conservatism and the sexual liberation movement that gained strength during the 1960s and 1970s. But in reality, the film just isn't deep enough to be thought of along those lines. In reality, there is no subtext. The ultimate revelation is abrupt which ruins the credibility of everything that happens before, and the final combat scenes are downright laughable. One can easily feel that both the director Sean S. Cunningham and screenwriter Victor Miller were huge Hitchcock fans. In terms of writing, the ultimate revelation owes a heavy debt to 'Psycho'. The only thing that I genuinely liked about the film was Cunningham's visual style which again owes a heavy debt to Hitchcock. The camera acts as a voyeur. There are some scenes in which it almost feels like we are watching everything from an anonymous individual's POV. I especially liked the way Cunningham used extended long takes in certain scenes to build up tension. He constantly delays the prospect of any character confronting a dead body in the film. But when it does happen, it is done with a really well executed setup and I found that whole sequence impressive. Talking about Hitchcock, the score that accompanies the scenes of terror and murder in 'Friday the 13th' is basically a rip-off of Bernard Herrmann's 'The Murder' score from 'Psycho'.

'Friday the 13th' is not deep nor is it trying to be. The characters are a bunch of nobodies. The ultimate revelation and combat scene is laughable. But I'll be lying if I say I didn't somewhat like the direction and the use of camera movements in the film.


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