Friday the 13th Reviews
Many would argue that this is the best of the Friday the 13th movies, and it's not difficult to understand their argument. After all, this was the birth of some of the most iconic characters in the history of Horror. I'm sure that it also benefited from being released prior to the eventual saturation of the slasher genre. Sean Cunningham was able to produce an ominous atmosphere, in what was probably one of the best settings ever imagined for a Horror movie. This film, along with it's sequels, had a pronounced influence on me as a child, so I'll always give Friday the 13th credit, at least from a nostalgic standpoint.
Unfortunately, I don't consider Friday the 13th that great of a movie. To me, much of the appeal of a "Friday the 13th" movie, was watching Jason kill people. The initial installment borrowed heavily from the Italian films, that were very influential at the time. The camera normally pans the surroundings with a voyeuristic approach. So in most cases, you're witnessing events from the viewpoint of the killer. It is effective at times, but it has never been my favorite technique. True to the Italian formula, the mysterious killer isn't revealed until the film's climax. In Friday the 13th, this results in a largely embarrassing cat fight between Pamela Voorhees and the "Alice" character. Further complaints would include the overly methodical pace, and the fact that after 30 years, the film hasn't aged well at all.
This is probably one of the better installments in the series, which might not be saying that much. You can certainly do worse if you're sitting down with a Friday the 13th movie, but there are far more entertaining slasher movies to spend your time on too.
Jason Vorhees was unexperienced in all that slashing.
By modern standards it's pretty tame, but it has a decent atmosphere. The kill scenes and make up effects are still top notch, even if they are a little tame and dated. Man, these must have been amazing and super impressive when this film first came out. Nowadays they are just fun, and a good reminder of how effective practical effects can be as opposed to CG.
As I said, this isn't really that good of a movie per se, with things like writing, direction, and acting just being average, but they're stll serviceable nonetheless. This isn't the most subtle horror film, but it's a lot better than most of it's sequels and many of it's copiers.
agree with the Tomatometer on this one. "FT13" wasn't all
The story follows a group of stupid, sexed up campers who visit the newly reopened Camp Crystal Lake, commonly known as Camp Blood due to its murderous past. Murderous past, eh?
Yup, you guessed it. Some knife-wielding maniac is staliking
these campers. And yes, they get killed one by one.
Lets begin by discussing the deaths. These deaths weren't very exciting. The film relied more on eeriness and jump
scenes as oppose to scariness, IMO. I like my horror films
to be scary. If not, then it isn't a horror film. I also
prefer the deaths to be elaborate and gory. But not too
gory. I can get a bit squeamish myself. The deaths in this
seem to all be throat-sliding and stomach-stabbings. If there is one death that I enjoyed, it would have to be the
one where Kevin Bacon's girlfriend gets pwned with an axe.
"Friday the 13th" has some of the stupidest characters I've
seen in a film. I did state they were all just stupid and
sexed up. And that is so true and annoying. Sex seems to all they care about. Remember the scene where they play "Strip
Monopoly"? Oh, how fun! **Rolls eyes** They end up having
to stop the game (Can't remember why) and what got me the most is that one of the girls go outside in her lingerie
and a raincoat. She doesn't even bother dressing back?
What a retard! They just did that to keep balancing the
sexy aspect of the film with the horror one. Didn't work
for me. I learned a lot from this film like putting your
clothes back no matter what.
I think the series got better when introduced Jason Voorhees as the killer. The killer in this, Pamela Voorhees, is
trying to be like Michael Myers too much. Jason on the other hand, was more original. Hockey mask and machete, I'm in.
But the series went downhill from these. But from my POV, this series was never great.
The last problem I had with the film was how long it took
to pick up. The opening scene was spooky but that was just
maybe only the best part.
Lame movie that should only be recognized for being so cliched and dull.
Camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to re-open a summer camp that was the site of a child's drowning.
Unlike "A Nigthmare on Elm Street" and "Halloween" this movie has never truly been considered a brilliant movie within its genre but yet it's up there with these two movies as the most genre defining and classic movies.
It's of course not that "Friday the 13th" is a bad movie, it's just also one that is being quite standard and formulaic with as a difference that the execution of it all is done just a bit better and more effective than other genre attempts from the same period. In that regard it's certainly true that "Friday the 13th" was a genre defining movie, that set the new standards for later movies.
The movie has everything in it that you can expect from a genre movie. Basically all the movie is about a bunch of youngster being killed off one by one at an abandoned campsite. Out of all the genre movies featuring a similar type of concept, this movie really doesn't have the best story but it does have one of the best approaches. It's being kept a good secret who is the killer for a long time and also what his/her motivations are exactly. It makes the movie eerie and suspenseful and also the twists in the story work out nicely for the movie because it isn't really what you would normally expect.
It does have a couple of great moments in it and also the ending is quite memorable. Guess the movie could had been a bit more bloody and gorier but that is not what the movie is trying to achieve. It tries to shock the viewer more with its moments, rather than lots of blood and brutal killings.
A good genre defining movie from the early '80's.