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Friday the 13th (1980)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Sean S. Cunningham

Starring:
Betsy Palmer/Ms Voorhees
Adrienne King/Alice
Jeannine Taylor/Marcie
Kevin Bacon/Jack
Walt Gorney/Crazy Ralph
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PLOT-CRUNCH
Ki, Ki, Ki…Ma Ma Ma…a bunch of horny camp counselors hit Camp Crystal Lake to get it in shape before the big opening. Of course, work is the last thing on the fritz as they have sex, smoke weed and getting butchered by an unseen attacker instead. NOW THAT’S A GREAT JOB!
THE LOWDOWN

... then he's still out there - Alice

The success of John Carpenter’s Halloween prompted the birth of “Friday the 13Th”, a cruder and simpler take on similar material. Nobody could’ve foreseen the immense success, endurance and hefty influence of the Voorhees saga on the genre…not even its Father “Paramount” who went on to milk the series while giving it ZERO respect. Much like SCREAM gave way to a slew of “ho-hum” copycats in the 90’s, Friday the 13Th paved the way for a horde of teen/sex/woods/killer opus’s in the 80’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 “secrets” 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 didn’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 “loony” acting, a slick fist to cuffs and one hell of a finish. Add to that the “I still shit my pants when I see it” 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. There’s simply something enchanting about it that gets stronger and stronger with age. Do I smell a genre classic? Yup I do! LET’S GO TO CAMP, GET LAID, GET HIGH AND GET SLAUGHTERED!

GORE
The pink mayo was spread on thick on this hot-dog; we get a knife in the stomach, 2 slit throats, an arrow through the neck (why not the head?), an axe in the face (I hate when that happens), a stab in the stomach and one AMAZING decapitation.
ACTING
Although Adrienne King’s (Alice) inexperience showed in her performance, she had an innocent and kind quality about her that made the role endearing. Jeannine Taylor (Marcie) handled herself well and was hot to boot! Loved that blue bikini! Kevin Bacon (Jack) displayed some of the charm that made him a star later on and he died very real well. Walt Gorney (Crazy Ralph) nailed the “Scooby-Doo” alumni like character. Betsy Palmer (Ms Voorhees) kicked mucho booty via her raw display; perfect example of how casting against type can up the impact of part.
T & A
Surprise!!! We basically get nothing in the female flesh peddling department! How did that happen? We see a girl’s half butt crack and the ladies get Mr. Bacon’s naked butt being squeezed…Now that’s acting!
DIRECTING
This baby almost felt like an "auteur" movie with the opening sequence "freeze frame", the many "fade to white’s", the striking slow motion and the clever use of lighting acting as distinctive visual stamps. The dreary atmosphere and the tension also came through.
SOUNDTRACK
Harry Manfredini’s now classic “Ki Ki” sound worked like a charm and is now part of the “we will never forget it” Hall of Genre Music Fame!
BOTTOM LINE
From where I’m killing, Friday the 13Th is one of the finest slasher movies in the morgue. It had a knack at manipulating its audience for maximum “punching power”, delivered the goods with panache and still beats the test of time to a pulp today. The endless imitators that came after it haven’t tarnished it one iota…”au contraire” they strengthened it and made it stand out as the outstanding genre treat that it is. At my house, it’s always Friday the 13th! What day is it at yours?
BULL'S EYE
Little known fact…the only reason Betsy Palmer got the part of Jason’s mother in the original was because she had a car and was able to drive to the shooting location…who says it’s all about acting!
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2:18PM on 08/25/2011

Friday The 13th Review

Friday The 13th is a very good film. It had a great story, great cast and the kills were cool. My only complaint about this film is it felt a tad familiar to Halloween. Overall a really cool slasher film. I would recommend to go see this film.
Friday The 13th is a very good film. It had a great story, great cast and the kills were cool. My only complaint about this film is it felt a tad familiar to Halloween. Overall a really cool slasher film. I would recommend to go see this film.
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4:46PM on 12/28/2010
loved it. is the uncut version more violent, what parts were not in the first one?
loved it. is the uncut version more violent, what parts were not in the first one?
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3:05PM on 03/12/2010

One of the best of the "Friday the 13" series.

It`s been thirty years the movie "Friday the 13th" is still talked about all these years. Yes, it is a rip-off of "Halloween" and even "Psycho" to some degree.

But it is genuinely well made, it has some suspense, a likeable bunch of actors, strong music score and some memorable FX Work from Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2).

The only weakness that the movie is occasionally slow and stiff at times. But it is still a strong horror classic has
It`s been thirty years the movie "Friday the 13th" is still talked about all these years. Yes, it is a rip-off of "Halloween" and even "Psycho" to some degree.

But it is genuinely well made, it has some suspense, a likeable bunch of actors, strong music score and some memorable FX Work from Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2).

The only weakness that the movie is occasionally slow and stiff at times. But it is still a strong horror classic has dated a bit. It is still scary at times, especially the memorable dream sequences at the end. Don`t miss it. Followed by nine sequels and an not-bad but somewhat disappointing remake.
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8:59PM on 01/19/2009
This is indeed a classic. I first saw this film when I was 14, and it scared the hell out of me. And Jack's death was one of the most brutal deaths in the franchise, that death definately left me jello-legged. It is definately a good movie, and is one everyone must see before they die, but it isn't quite perfect, and the acting could be better. But the gore and story are definately good, with a ending that will make you jump first time around, it made me. Along with a solid score and my fav
This is indeed a classic. I first saw this film when I was 14, and it scared the hell out of me. And Jack's death was one of the most brutal deaths in the franchise, that death definately left me jello-legged. It is definately a good movie, and is one everyone must see before they die, but it isn't quite perfect, and the acting could be better. But the gore and story are definately good, with a ending that will make you jump first time around, it made me. Along with a solid score and my fav "ki-ki-ki" this is a must see.
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5:48PM on 10/20/2008

Umm... Its Good...

But NOT great. I think it OVERDOES what Halloween accomplished, the slow motion kills, the fade to white. Mama Voorhees was a great killer no doubt. But not perfect in mine eyes.
But NOT great. I think it OVERDOES what Halloween accomplished, the slow motion kills, the fade to white. Mama Voorhees was a great killer no doubt. But not perfect in mine eyes.
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10:32PM on 09/01/2008
Friday the 13th is a Classic. I havent seen it in a while, but it was good just like the first day I watched it. Though out the entire movie there is suspense, you have no idea who is murdering these camp counselors. The Acting was ok. If I had to pick a favorite it would be the Character Alice and Crazy Ralph. Crazy Ralph really did a Good Job. The storyline was just about Camp counselors trying to open a camp up, but someone has other plans. In this movie I liked how there was a killer and
Friday the 13th is a Classic. I havent seen it in a while, but it was good just like the first day I watched it. Though out the entire movie there is suspense, you have no idea who is murdering these camp counselors. The Acting was ok. If I had to pick a favorite it would be the Character Alice and Crazy Ralph. Crazy Ralph really did a Good Job. The storyline was just about Camp counselors trying to open a camp up, but someone has other plans. In this movie I liked how there was a killer and you didnt know who it was until the end, keeps you guessing who it might be. That was great Suspense. I thought Crazy Ralph was pretty creepy warning the Camp counselors again and again. I thought that the lake and woods was a great atmosphere. I liked the kill where there was a arrow in the throat, that was excellently preformed. I love that Mrs. Voorhees had the personality of her son Jason, and of her own, Great Psychopath. I found it creepy when she was talking on behave of Jason, Kill Her Mommy. That was too intense. I like how they put Jason in at the end of the movie, as a surprise.

I Thought everything in this movie was as good as it was going to be. I didnt find anything wrong with this film.

Favorite Quote : Tierney/Alice : Ma'am, we didn't find any boy. But... then he's still out there.

This Movie only gets what it deserves and that is a (4 / 4), (10 / 10). A Classic always worth watching again and again.
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9:30PM on 08/22/2008

A classic

Even though its considered a classic of the genre, I still dont think it gets enough credit. People lump it in the catagory with the silly (Yet still kick ass) sequels. Obviously made because of the success of Halloween, I find Friday the 13th matches Halloween in many ways.

-It has a simple yet terrifying score.
-The suspense is great.
-It has great atmosphere.
-I find the characters less annoying than in Halloween (Annie, Linda I'm looking at you!).
-The kills are great and the gore
Even though its considered a classic of the genre, I still dont think it gets enough credit. People lump it in the catagory with the silly (Yet still kick ass) sequels. Obviously made because of the success of Halloween, I find Friday the 13th matches Halloween in many ways.

-It has a simple yet terrifying score.
-The suspense is great.
-It has great atmosphere.
-I find the characters less annoying than in Halloween (Annie, Linda I'm looking at you!).
-The kills are great and the gore still holds up.
-The finale rocks and the final scare is the shizz nizz bizzle.

I love Friday the 13th!
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10:38AM on 10/13/2005

Just my lucky day oh friday

This is the film that made a beautifull stain on my brain as a child and even stabs me with great impact.
I think the main thing about Friday which got me as a child (7yrs old) was the brutallity of the murders and dare of filmmakers to go there.
on top of the atmosphere and simplicity had me hooked, now my mother at the time was hiding dead scared behind the sofa while i was lapping it up and going in for the kill so to speak. Sequels on the other hand they were very good but never had the
This is the film that made a beautifull stain on my brain as a child and even stabs me with great impact.
I think the main thing about Friday which got me as a child (7yrs old) was the brutallity of the murders and dare of filmmakers to go there.
on top of the atmosphere and simplicity had me hooked, now my mother at the time was hiding dead scared behind the sofa while i was lapping it up and going in for the kill so to speak. Sequels on the other hand they were very good but never had the edge or even moderate originality, so stand up tall big boss 13 and mummy please dont kill me for saying this. aaahhh help me theres a maniac in the dark after me, oh no its just?????
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3:03PM on 10/02/2005

Mr. Shit on Friday the 13th

Who knew that this movie would spawn 10 sequels. Everyone thought nothing of this movie when it came out and now 25 years later, it is considered by many the greatest slasher film ever made. I would agree with that. I saw it when I was little and it scared the hell outta me. The gore by Tom Savini is freakingly realistic. The slit throat in the woods, the arrow through the neck, and the decapitation are definitly the best. Then it gives you an ending that will kick your ass when you watch it
Who knew that this movie would spawn 10 sequels. Everyone thought nothing of this movie when it came out and now 25 years later, it is considered by many the greatest slasher film ever made. I would agree with that. I saw it when I was little and it scared the hell outta me. The gore by Tom Savini is freakingly realistic. The slit throat in the woods, the arrow through the neck, and the decapitation are definitly the best. Then it gives you an ending that will kick your ass when you watch it the first time. And now this movie is more powerful than ever, considering all the crappy wannabe slashers made afterwards that made people actually realize how awesome of a movie Friday the 13th really is. This movie deserves a perfect rating by everyone.
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