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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.


Sean S. Cunningham


Victor Miller
68 ( 25)
5 nominations. See more awards »





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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Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


If you listen closely Jason is making a strange screaming sound in the dream sequence as he jumps from the water. See more »


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


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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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 Bleeder (1999) See more »


Down in the Valley
/"Birmingham Jail"
Traditional song
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User Reviews

Suprisingly special and scary!
13 September 2019 | by TheMichaelMyersMovieFanaticSee all my reviews

Friday the 13th is a classic masterpiece, it uses a clever sort of storytelling to hide the identity of the killer as well as who the main character is to the end. For a slasher movie, it's not as bloody as a modern slasher, but it still delivers brutal kills. The music and sound effects are all great. The suspense-building is great as you can kinda figure out when someone's is going to get murdered. And without spoiling anything, the acting of the killer is truly terrifying! Some acting is kind of cheesy but that doesn't change mutch. It has a great atmosphere and after rewatching it, Friday the 13th from 1980 is now one of my favourite horror movies of all time! Overall it's a must see movie with a score of 9/10 from me!

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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

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby (DVD re-release)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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