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


Sean S. Cunningham


Victor Miller
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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


In 1957, a young boy named Jason drowns in a lake near Camp Crystal Lake. The next year, two counselors are murdered. In 1980, a descendant of the original owners reopens Camp Crystal Lake with some counselors' help. The counselors gets killed one by one by a mysterious person. Could it be Jason, out for revenge? Written by RedJames99

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Fridays will never be the same again. See more »


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Did You Know?


Sally Field was offered the role of Alice Hardy, but turned it down. See more »


(at around 25 mins) When Ned pretends to drown and Brenda swims out to rescue him, they both stay underwater for a few seconds, waiting for their cue to emerge. See more »


Marcie: [Searches the bathroom and finds nothing] I guess it's just my imagination...
[turns around to see an ax raised over her head]
Marcie: AHHH!
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The first counselor killed in the 1958 prologue is named "Barry" in the credits. The captions identify him as "Gary". In the 2009 Deluxe Edition DVD and Blu-Ray copies, Claudette's dialog has been corrected to read, "Barry's out of bounds." See more »


Referenced in Billy the Kid (2007) See more »


Sail Away, Tiny Sparrow
Performed by Angela Rotella
Written by Harry Manfredini and John R. Briggs (uncredited)
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The OG summer camp slasher
2 October 2020 | by ontheisSee all my reviews

The sub-genre of horror, often hit or miss, has divided horror movie lovers ever since it became mainstream in 1970s. Personally, slashers can be really good if they're done right, with a good story, scares, nice atmosphere, and memorable scenes. This one has it all, and that's why it is so popular even today.

Along with other influential slasher classics of the 1970s, like Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween and Black Christmas, they created iconic horror villains many TV shows and films try to copy or spoof.

I've watched this one a couple of times, when I was a kid, teenager, young adult, all with different people, and it never gets old or boring. The atmosphere of summer camp in the late 1970s is perfect and nostalgic. Music to create tension is great. Acting is okay, with majority of actors being surprisingly good, if you consider time it was released.

Friday the 13th franchise is perfect fun for summer nights, or to watch through month of Halloween!

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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 »


Box Office


$550,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,816,321, 11 May 1980

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby (DVD re-release)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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