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

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Sean S. Cunningham

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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, 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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A 24-hour nightmare of terror. See more »


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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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Mono | Dolby (DVD re-release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Sneak Previews film critic Gene Siskel famously spoiled the movie for his readers by giving away the ending of Friday the 13th in his Chicago Tribune collum. And in a mean-spirited and dangerously unprofessional move, he even "doxed" (printed the address of) Friday the 13th star Betsy Palmer, who played killer Pamela Vorhees in the movie, so that people would write the veteran actress in protest! In his giveaway review of the movie he said "the killer turns out to be a little old lady who is grieving the death of her son who drown there". Siskel describes Palmer as a "little old lady", but she was only 52! That's middle-aged! And she looked about 40 in the movie! See more »

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Welcome to Camp Blood the classic original slasher that started it all my personal favorite
24 September 2017 | by ivo-cobra8See all my reviews

Friday the 13th is my all time favorite horror slasher film it is in my top 5 favorite Friday the 13th films. It is one of my personal favorite horror movies. It is my second favorite "Friday the 13th" movie and my all time favorite film in the horror genre. I love this movie to death and it is instant classic for me. I have the t-shirt about this movie the original film and I always wear it so much I love this film and this franchise.

I watched this movie 7 years ago when I was a fan of Superntural and I have heard that actor Jared Padalecki was staring in the reboot Friday the 13th (2009) so I decide to checked 4 Friday the 13th movies: Friday the 13th the original, Friday the 13th Part 2, Jason X and of course the 2009 reboot because of Jared Padelcki and I have fun watching them. What can I say? I love this film to death I love it. I got all 11 films on Blu-ray (Freddy Vs. Jason I already had before) this Thursday and I have re watch them all. I watched this film in Friday yes Friday 22th it is a great horror suspense film. I am more a fan of the sequels just this film isn't my number one favorite film but it is in my top fives Friday the 13th films and it is in my second rank in the franchise.

About the film this is a classic but the death scenes are too slow very slow it is very slow paced. We never see the assailant or who does those murders but when it comes one hour around the movie it self's becomes interesting, intense, fast paced and goes bloody around. Watch the last 30 min's with Betsy Palmer and Adrienne King there showdown, Betsy steals the show in my opinion. The last 30.mins of the movie is worth of watch.

In 1958 A tragic accident at Camp Crystal Lake a young boy drowns in the lake, while the camp counselors are too busy making out, then a little later on two teenagers are brutally murdered and the Camp is closed down. Then fast forward to 1980 and a bunch of teenagers are hired to open up the camp, despite the warnings and then one by one they are killed off.

We have a beautiful cast in the film that I like such a: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Robbi Morgan, Kevin Bacon, Walt Gorney, Peter Brouwer, Laurie Bartram, Jeannine Taylor and of course Ari Lehman as young Jason. All those actors were beautiful and excellent to watch.

I love the gory, death scenes which were nice kills, the special effects were real practical and real done. I love practical effects and not the CGI's that are done today. Why are not horror movies like are this one today? Hollywood doesn't make movies like are this one today. The kills in my opinion were gory real practical. There was a snake that was killed in this movie and no she was not a puppet she was a real snake in this movie that was killed off, so the death scene was for real. The effects are really good and shows even this early, Tom Savini knows his stuff, like the throat slit, axe in the head and the epic head chopped off.

Directed and produced by Sean S. Cunningham who 5 years later directed and produced my favorite horror film The New Kids I liked that film and watched since I was a teen.

Adrienne King was fantastic and excellent as the final girl and heroine who survived and defeated Mrs. Voorhees on the end.

Tom Savini (From Dusk Till Dawn, Dawn of the Dead (1978) does special makeup effects for the film that I enjoy.

Friday the 13th the original film is my favorite horror film it is a great movie to watch it does kind a get slow the first hour but when Betsy Plamer appears it get's faster around.

The DVD and Blu-ray has uncut version of the film which I am glad with it, I love this film to death, I enjoy it I love everything they done with the film. It is my number 4 favorite "Friday the 13th" slasher horror movie. In my opinion it is Sean S. Cunningham best film he every did. I want see any new films like are this one today.

In 26. May 2017 Friday the 13th: The Game (2017) was released which I might going to buy it next year for my PC if we get the game in our stores. I also bought Friday the 13th t-shirt with Jason's hockey mask on it.

R.I.P. Betsy Palmer, Walt Gorney, Laurie Bartram, Rex Everhart and Sally Anne Golden you are missed and I have respect to all of you.

The first and the original movie get's my Bad-Ass Seal Of Approval 10/10 by me this is the one that started all the slasher boom, it was "Friday The 13th" that started the 80's boom of Slashers, and became a franchise.


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