Friday The 13th
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Terror and suspense abound in this 24-hour nightmare of blood. Camp Crystal Lake has been shuttered for over 20 years due to several vicious and unsolved murders. The camp's new owner and several young counselors are readying the property for re-opening despite warnings of a "death curse" by local residents. The curse proves true on Friday the 13th as one by one each of the counselors is stalked by a violent killer. This film is widely acclaimed for its horrifying and creative murder sequences.
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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.
The casting is strong. The acting, thus, is as strong as any film produced today. The line deliveries are realistic and the inflections are perfect. Betsy Palmer and Adrienne King do carry this film, but each actor plays a great role in the overall greatness of the 90 minutes.
The musical score, although I'm not usually fond of overbearing music in film, works here. The sounds created become characters in themselves. They infuse themselves within the very fabric of the picture.
Savini does a great job with the make-up/effects. The characters are just out of reach to the viewer, making the revenge murders not as horrifying. The viewer is mesmerized by the effect, all at the same time the brain isn't believing an effect is playing, it's real. Again, the effects become characters in the film as well. Each actor is remembered by their demise.
I don't think it's far reaching to say that this is one of the best films ever produced. The cinematography, direction, casting, effects, score and all the members who made this film did a great job. Ms. Palmer and the rest of the cast show us that great acting isn't reserved for the stage or "proper" films.
The only down side to this collection is the packaging. I can see where all the gripes are coming from. The way the discs are packaged they are prone to scratches, but that doesn't take away from my individual experience, it just makes the handling of them more delicate.
Although I am officially played out on Jason, I bought this collection for it's nostalgic value.