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This review is from: Friday the 13th (Widescreen) (DVD)
How does Friday the 13th copy Halloween?!!! Are you brain damaged? Seriously, how could you even ask that question? First off, after Halloween became a money making machine major studios through out Hollywood began pumping out cheap clones of John Carpenter's masterpiece. Many of these films were set on holidays, some even using the name of the holiday(or pseudo holiday)as the title.(Gee, I wonder where they came up with that idea) Just to name a few, New Years Evil, My Bloody Valentine, April Fools Day. Oh, and what's that other one? Oh yeah, Friday the 13th.
Aside from the very premise being a complete rip-off, there are technical similarities between the two films. The opening scene of Halloween is a subjective camera shot. During this scene a young girl is killed while we, the viewer, watch through the killer's eyes. Now I ask you, how did Friday the 13th begin? Because I seem to remember watching through the eyes of a killer as they murdered two teenagers who were about to have sex. Hey that reminds me, what was Michael Meyers sister doing right before he killed her? Let us continue, shall we?
After the opening scene in Halloween, the film jumps ahead 15 years later. After the opening scene in Fri the 13th, the film jumps ahead approximately 20 years later. The main character in both films is a young woman. Both woman end up being the last person(among their friends)alive and must, alone, try to escape the killer.
Now I must say, of all the Halloween carbon copies, Friday the 13th is the best one. Though not a great piece of film making, it is highly enjoyable if your in the mood for a mindless slasher film. But anyone who says it's not a Halloween rip-off needs to take a closer look.