Friday the 13th 1980

Friday the 13th

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Rather quaint by today's standards, Friday the 13th still has its share of bloody surprises and a '70s-holdover aesthetic to slightly compel.

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Crystal Lake's history of murder doesn't deter counselors from setting up a summer camp in the woodsy area. Superstitious locals warn against it, but the fresh-faced young people -- Jack (Kevin Bacon), Alice (Adrienne King), Bill (Harry Crosby), Marcie (Jeannine Taylor) and Ned (Mark Nelson) -- pay little heed to the old-timers. Then they find themselves stalked by a brutal killer. As they're slashed, shot and stabbed, the counselors struggle to stay alive against a merciless opponent.

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Critic Reviews for Friday the 13th

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (20)

  • It's blatant exploitation of the lowest order.

    November 2, 2014 | Full Review…
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    February 12, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • For all its shoddiness, the film manages, just barely, to achieve its ignoble goals -- it delivers what it promises.

    September 26, 2007 | Full Review…
  • A tame, poorly plotted serving of schlock, less horrific for its ketchup-smeared murders than for the bare-faced fashion in which it tries and fails to rip off Carpenter's Halloween in matters of style and construction.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • The whole film is one of the best arguments for resuming movie censorship to come along in years.

    March 7, 2005 | Full Review…
  • A hugely influential film that contributed to the 1980s horror boom.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Matt Ford

    BBC.com
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  • Oct 21, 2016
    Out of all the horror slasher to be blatantly inspired by Hitchcock's Psycho, Friday the 13th felt the most uninhabited by an overall great story. Besides blood, guts, and sex, there isn't a whole lot here. For that, I had a hard time getting behind this film. Taking on the similar approach that most horror films take, Friday the 13th takes place at Camp Crystal Lake, a secluded kids camp in the middle of dark woods area. So it's kind of like Evil Dead, just with absolutely no likable or built out characters. Sure, "Jason" doesn't start taking people out until 30 minutes in or so, but there was never any effort to build any of the characters' depth through good writing. Every one of them simply wants to get laid on the campgrounds. That's poor storytelling. So when the brutal kills do happen, you don't really care. Granted, the last act reveals more about the characters than the entire rest of the film, but at that point it was too late for me. The surprises in the 3rd act are cool, but I can't get behind the stupidity of the majority of the characters. 4.6/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2016
    The first in so many entries to the Friday 13th movies, And yet this is the first but it has little involvement from Jason himself, The film isn't great really a predictable plot, Poor acting, The killer is a twist if you're expecting to see the hockey mask and machete you will be dissapointed, The kills were done very well with some old school effects that still look pretty good now, God knows how this film managed to get so many sequels and became so successful.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 20, 2016
    Classic horror film...it spawned one good sequel and a shitload of bad ones. Seeing young Kevin Bacon here is hilarious, by the way.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 21, 2015
    Extremely worthy of its inherited title as a genre-defining slasher film; Friday the 13th's worthiness of being compared to massively successful films such as A Nightmare On Elm Street, Psycho and Halloween is deserved soley because of its titular franchise villain. Jason Vorhees is as resonant of the horror genre as the simple butcher's knife is, and whilst its tiresomely dated to watch now and some of the acting is cheesy as hell, its still hugely entertaining. What I like particularly about the film is that the creators didn't seem hugely concerned with giving Jason much motive, sure he's a three-dimensional serial killer but the reasons he has for slaying the teens of Crystal Lake each summer really aren't understandable at all. This may seem like a bad thing for some people, but its what I've always enjoyed the most about Jason. He will kill you regardless of your story or bias. The villain of the first film, not Jason but *SPOILER ALERT* Jason's mother, Mrs Vorhees stands as an awesome way to throw an audience off for decades. The jump scare ending of the film is what makes it, paving the way for countless sequels that fans of the first will enjoy.
    Harry W Super Reviewer

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