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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 was the site of a child's drowning and a grisly double murder years before.

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Sean S. Cunningham

Writer:

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
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One summer at Camp Crystal Lake, a group of young counselors get ready to lead campers. Unfortunately, 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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Trivia

Estelle Parsons was apparently asked to star as Mrs. Voorhees, but she declined, opening the door for Palmer. See more »

Goofs

(at around 8 mins) When Annie walks into the coffee shop the waitress is leaning on the counter near the busboy. In the next shot, where Annie ask "How far is it to Camp Crystal Lake.", the waitress is already in the process of turning down the radio. The shots are too sudden for her to already be there. See more »

Quotes

Officer Dorf: I'm looking for somebody.
Ned: Now, who's that?
Officer Dorf: Guy named Ralph. Town crazy.
Ned: [acting silly with the stereotypical Native American headdress on] Well, there's no crazy people around here!
Officer Dorf: I told you to sit on it, Tonto!
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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 film was released internationally by Warner Bros. and, as such, is the logo that opens the film as opposed to the Paramount logo as seen in the US version. The running time is slightly different because of this. See more »


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Tom Dooley
Composed by Thomas C. Land
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So I Liked It....So Sue Me.....
15 January 2001 | by drconcertsSee all my reviews

Yes, the sequels blow rancid chunks. Yes, Jason has evolved into a comical anti-hero as opposed to anything that might be mistaken for frightening. Yes, the FRIDAY film budgets have gotten bigger in direct porportion to the degree to which the quality evaporated. And yes, the Hollywood powers that be are apparently gonna try to beat this dead horse at least one more time with the release of JASON X this year.

But before all that, there was this one little film.

I will freely admit that the original FRIDAY THE 13TH was inspired by John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN, and the latter film's success is exactly the reason why we got the subsequent ten films. But when judged on it's own merits, FRIDAY THE 13TH is actually a pretty good horror flick. Not one that's ever gonna win any awards, but a decent night's entertainment nonetheless.

I've read some posts here that decry the film as tame by today's standards. Well, to each their own, but this was the film that started the slasher craze of the 80's (HALLOWEEN may have been the first, but F13 provided the template). In 1980, this was HEAVY stuff.

FRIDAY THE 13TH is effective for all the reasons that many here seem to want to blast it. The amateurish, shaky photography adds to the intimacy and claustrophobia of the situation. The actors come off more like 'real people' as opposed to actors playing a part (let's face it; glitzy "Hollywood" acting would have ruined this film). And the gore effects are still amazing 20 years later. Tom Savini has consistently remained the best in the business.

FRIDAY THE 13TH embodies everything that a good, low-budget horror film should be. And it does it very well, all without the help of telekinetic teens, loony ambulance drivers, undead zombies with a penchant for hockey masks, hellbabies, or even Freddy's glove for a cameo.

Do yourself a favor and watch this film. Just be sure and view it apart from all the nonsense that became the later sequels. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised....


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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

Gross USA:

$39,754,601

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,754,601
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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