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The success of John Carpenterâ€™s Halloween prompted the birth of â€śFriday the 13Thâ€ť, a cruder and simpler take on similar material. Nobody couldâ€™ve foreseen the immense success, endurance and hefty influence of the Voorhees saga
on the genreâ€¦not even its Father â€śParamountâ€ť who went on to milk the series while giving it ZERO respect. Much like SCREAM gave way to a slew of â€śho-humâ€ť copycats in the 90â€™s, Friday the 13Th paved the way for a horde of teen/sex/woods/killer opusâ€™s in the 80â€™s (with The Burning being one of the better ones). But amidst the crowd of RIP zit- popper Keg-Parties on the shelves, there is still only one and only Friday the 13th.
Having seen all of the Friday movies countless times, I must say that the original is the best in terms of oppressive ambiance and engrossing mystery. The flick was morbidly gorgeous, entranced me with its â€śsecretsâ€ť and I lapped up every damn frame! Furthermore for an "R" rated ride, I was taken aback as to the amount of graphic red slosh found in the mix. The kills were inventive (especially for the time) and highly satisfying. Moreover, opposed to the later entries, I actually felt some suspense while watching this slaughterhouse in motion. Yup, I somewhat cared about those poor horny teens. Hey man all they wanted was to have a good time! Nothing wrong with that!
Another strong point was the double-decking ending. Granted the film didnâ€™t play fair with us where it was impossible to guess the identity of the loon throughout, but the revelation still kicked my behind and gave way to some effective â€śloonyâ€ť acting, a slick fist to cuffs and one hell of a finish. Add to that the â€śI still shit my pants when I see itâ€ť last hoorah and an amazing score by Harry Manfredini and you get an uncomplicated yet taunt little ditty that always charms the machete out of me every time I see it.
In my opinion, the original Friday the 13Th stands alone. Thereâ€™s simply something enchanting about it that gets stronger and stronger with age. Do I smell a genre classic? Yup I do! LETâ€™S GO TO CAMP, GET LAID, GET HIGH AND GET SLAUGHTERED!