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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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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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Mono | Dolby (DVD re-release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Cunningham doesn't buy the whole "sinners must be punished" scenario that many slasher films seem to support. Instead he simply sees it as "bad things happening to good people for no apparent reason." See more »

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(at around 2 mins) The close up shots of Claudette singing show her legs crossed, but the long shots show her legs spread apart. See more »

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Brenda: Ah hum, hey... I know what we can do. We're gonna play Monopoly...
Alice: I hate Monopoly!
Brenda: Not the way I play it , you don't.
Bill: What?
Brenda: We're going to play Strip Monopoly. I'll be the shoe.
Alice: You have got to be kidding.
Bill: What if Steve walks in?
Brenda: Uh, we'll give him a handicap:: he can keep his boots on; everything else goes. Now it's easy: instead of paying rent, you pay clothes. Bill can be Banker... Unless, of course he's chicken.
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Alternate Versions

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The original horror classic!
29 May 2000 | by jhaggardjrSee all my reviews

In 1980, two years after "Halloween" scared the hell out of everybody, "Friday the 13th" was released to theaters. This was a clever knockoff of the John Carpenter horror classic, only this one was more violent and gruesome. That aspect turned critics off big time. But moviegoers couldn't resist. They flocked to see this movie and made it a big hit. I never saw this film on the big screen because I was only 9 years old when it came out. After I saw it on cable a few years later, it scared the hell out of me! It doesn't scare me that much today, but it's a far more effective horror/thriller than the last five movies in the series (parts 5 through 9). They should have stopped making these "Friday the 13th" movies after the fourth film, which was subtitled "The Final Chapter". And you know what's even scarier, they're making part 10. "Friday the 13th" was the beginning of the sick slasher genre that played out during the early 1980s. The first films in both the "Halloween" and "Friday the 13th" series' were easily the best. "Halloween" was a great horror film. "Friday the 13th" isn't up there with "Halloween", but it's a well-crafted gorefest.

*** (out of four)


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