Friday the 13th

1980, Horror, 1h 35m

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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. Read critic reviews

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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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  • Apr 13, 2021
    "You're DOOMED if you stay here. DOOMED!" - Ralph the crazy old townie. I haven't seen this in ages and I think this is the first time I've watched it sober. The date has a special place in my heart given I was born on Friday the 13th and generally am lucky those days. It's definitely starts out more interesting on a re-watch given I know who the killer is. I've never been a big Friday the 13th fan as the double digit sequels put me off, but oh-man is this movie a nostalgia machine: * The iconic score! * Tom Savini rocks the kills! (I remember being totally spoiled as I peeked in a Fangoria magazine before seeing the movie). * Young Kevin Bacon in a speedo! (His kill after getting laid is my favorite.) * Academy Award for Ralph the crazy dude! It's far from perfect. The acting is uneven and it meanders a bunch between kills but all of that is made up with the utterly fantastic "double" twist ending. And fun fact: the final twist was suggested by Tom Savini! Another fun fact: this made $200+ million dollars worldwide back in 1980 after adjusted for inflation. Epic.
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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
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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