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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
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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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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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Did You Know?


Although everyone compares this to Halloween, and even screenwriter Victor Miller and director Sean Cunningham have admitted they were ripping off Halloween when they developed this, this movie bears a resemblance (maybe unintentionally) to a much older movie from Hollywood: 1945's "And Then There Were None." And Then There Were None is one of the original slasher movies. Although it is technically a detective mystery. If you look at the plot structure and how it progresses, 10 people isolated in a remote house or location, the prophecy at the beginning of the story that they will all be killed, the people being killed off gorily by a mystery killer one by a one, the bodies turning up here there and everywhere decorated in a hideous way by the killer to taunt the survivors, all the way till the ending when the final girl faces off against the killer, this definitely fits the structure of a slasher movie. (It's not that different from Friday the 13th, if you think about it. RIght up to the mystery killer, the Final Girl and the surprise ending!) It would be the prototype for other slasher movies to follow years later, like Psycho, Halloween, and Friday the 13th. Coincidentally (or maybe not coincidentally) there are 10 victims in both Friday the 13th and And Then There Were None. See more »


The lightning on Marcie and Jack is merely a yellow light being flashed at their faces; real lightning has a bluish tint. See more »


Alice: Bill? Steve wants to know if we need more paint.
Bill: Paint's all right. Need more thinner.
Alice: Okay.
Bill: Alice. Did the others show up?
Alice: Yeah, everybody except that girl Annie.
Bill: Think you're gonna last all summer?
Alice: I don't know if i'm gonna last all week.
Alice: I'll tell Steve about the thinner.
Bill: Fine.
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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

Japanese laser-disc version features the original effects that were cut in other releases. See more »


Referenced in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) See more »


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User Reviews

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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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:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby (DVD re-release)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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