Tommy Jarvis goes to the graveyard to get rid of Jason Voorhees' body once and for all, but inadvertently brings him back to life instead. The newly revived killer once again seeks revenge, and Tommy may be the only one who can defeat him.
Still haunted by his past, Tommy Jarvis - who, as a child, killed Jason Voorhees - wonders if the serial killer is connected to a series of brutal murders occurring in and around the secluded halfway house where he now lives.
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
(at around 40 mins) When Brenda rolls the dice to start the strip Monopoly game, she says she rolls double sixes and gets to roll again, but you can clearly see the 1 and 2 she actually rolled. See more »
[seeing Bill with a machete raised]
Jesus, Bill! What are you doing?
There's a snake in here!
Why are we in here?
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We see giant letters proclaiming 'Friday the 13th' moving towards the screen and crashing into and smashing a pane of glass. See more »
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 »
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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