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on January 8, 2017
it's campy. it's classic. it's even got kevin bacon. compared to modern horror it's not terribly gory but it's still a fun little slasher flick.
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on September 24, 2015
Some facts about the movie: Friday the 13th was directed and produced by Sean S. Cunningham. The gore and makeup effects were done by the great Tom "Sex Machine Savini. The musical score was by Harry Manfredini. The alternate title to the movie is A Long Night at Camp Blood. It was shot in and around Blairstown and Hope New Jersey. The camp used in the movie is a real life Boy Scout camp named, Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco. The movie was distributed by Paramount. The budget was $550,000. The opening weekend saw an amount of $5,816,321. It's total domestic gross was $39,754,601. Finally, it's theatrical release was on May 9, 1980.

The plot: After singing some songs with the kids, two horny camp counselors go to the attic to have sex. Meanwhile, someone unknown and unseen is creeping up the steps. This person stabs the male counselor and the female counselor is frantically moving around while cornered, then there's a freeze frame of her screaming. The opening credits roll including an eerie theme song by Harry Manfredini. The movie now focuses on a beautiful teen girl named Annie who got a job at as a cook at Camp Crystal Lake. She enters a small town and comes to a diner and gets a ride from a trucker named Enos. They come accross a weird old man known as Crazy Ralph. Crazy Ralph makes claim that Camp Crystal Lake is cursed. They just ignore his warning(s) and go on. Enos then tells Annie about the past misfortunes at Camp Crystal Lake; including things like, the drowning of an 11 year old boy named Jason Voorhees in 1957 and the water going bad in 1962. The new owner Steve Christy continues to keep the camp going all the same. We next meet 3 other counselors to be, Ned, Marcie, and Jack(Kevin Bacon). Next you meet Steve Christy and his handy girl Alice and Bill. Annie next accepts a ride from a silent and unseen driver. The driver passes the turn to the camp, Annie jumps out of the car while it's moving, the driver chases her, and slits her throat. Meanwhile, an obnoxious cop named Officer Dorf is searching for Crazy Ralph. No one knows that Annie is dead nor do they know the danger that's soon to befall them. Who the killer is is anyone's guess.

This movie utilizes cool methods such as first person camera perspectives are a very clever and effectively scary element that's often used whenever the killer is watching and stalking the victims. The creeping camera pans work very well also, to say nothing of the killers eerie ki ki ki ki ma ma ma ma sounds are bound to send shivers up your spine.

The night scenes are all beautifully lit. The night shots of the full moon make for some incredibly creepy feelings of unease. I particularly love the crossfade including the full moon, Alice running from the killer, and the up close shot of the killers mouth. Totally brilliant.

Tom Savini's gore effects are incredibly realistic looking and at the time, beyond compare. The kill scenes are very unique and a great way to start the franchise off.

Sadly there's nothing much going on with the nudity, but that doesn't ruin anything.

Some of my favorite kill scenes are: One of the counselors getting an arrow through the throat, the axe to the eye that another one got, and Annie's throat being slit. All are very realistic looking and flawless.

SPOILER ALERT: I will talk about the ending some. If you haven't seen this movie than you might want to skip this part.
After it's discovered that Mrs.Voorhees is the killer and after quite a chase and struggle between them, the slo-mo used for when Alice charges at Mrs. Voorhees and decapitates her with a machete is just awesome and effective. The gore effect used for her head coming off is very well done. The next scene where Alice is in a boat with the peaceful and cheery new age like music in the background and Alice seeing the cops on land giving off a false sense of security was genius. Especially since what next transpires is little Jason jumps out of water and pulls Alice down in the drink. Lastly, when at the hospital Alice tells the sheriff about what had happened and he never came up with anything regarding a young boy jumping out of the water. That being the case, what really happened is a total mystery. The mystery and ambiguity to that ending is a very practical closer to the movie.
END OF SPOILERS

Overall, If you love a good slasher and/or 80's horror movie, with such events as beautiful and sexy people, realistic looking gore effects, campy characters, a complete murder mystery that keeps you guessing, well lit night scenes, eerie music, first person stalker camera perspectives, a location that boasts both an incredible sense of atmosphere as well as isolation, great suspense, and very unique and original kill scenes than this great classic slasher should prove to be right up your alley.
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on December 25, 2016
Will always be one of the best horror movies of all time. It still scares me after all these years.
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on December 4, 2017
classic horror movie, although no longer scary :) still worth watching.
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on June 8, 2016
I grew up on Jason and have seen all of the Friday the 13th movies several times (except Jason X, still need to watch that one). I stumbled across the documentary, His Name Was Jason, which ended on interviews with the cast of the 2009 reboot. I realized that I had totally forgotten to watch the 2009 version, so rented it right away and had a good time watching it. Plenty of shoutouts to the kills of the past. It was a bit odd to see Jason run so frequently, though.
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on November 17, 2016
My daughter loves scary movies and this was a definite on her list
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on May 19, 2016
Wasn't as frightful as when I watched it as a teen (duh) some, well, let's say decades ago. Bought it because 13-yr old son wanted to watch it. He wasn't impressed. :)
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on January 19, 2015
This movie is violent and mindless as you would expect. Fans of the older movies may have mixed feelings. Plenty of nudity and gore if that is what you are into. It remains in my horror collection and I enjoy it, though i would admit it is not for everyone. It is not particularly scary, just a pretty decent slasher film.
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on January 30, 2017
Wasn't as frightening as I remember it to be when it first came out, but still a good classic movie worth revisiting on special occasions.
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on April 13, 2014
Friday the 13 the reboot sort of was good and wasn't good it was filmed in Texas back in 2009 and if you want the killer cut then you have to get the blu ray because the DVDs the version that came to the movies and the acting wasn't that good so but has a good story line to it so check it out for yourself.
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