Friday the 13th Review: Ok, this movie was inspiring; it taught me that if you have crappy camera work, hokey acting, dumb lines, and a horrible villain, your film can still be entertaining. Friday the 13th is about a bunch of young, hip, hormone-filled teens, who are dumb, say dumb stuff, and do dumb things. They go up to this remote-ass lake camp, and get killed one-by-one for having sex, being goofy, stupid, etc. Look, the point I'm getting at here is this movie came out 1 year after John Carpenter's Halloween, and we all know that it changed the game as far as, well, everything goes for horror movies. This movie was the first successful rip-off. The story is a typical survival story, but with a pretty awesome setting for one. The set design is cool, the music, while overstated at times, is effective, the camera work is occasionally clever, but there are some REALLY amateur moments involving zooms or tracking. The characters all have some wit spread through the runtime, but a problem with that is that they killed off the best character in the movie first: Ned. He had it all: stellar comedic acting, timing, writing, interaction, realism, etc. and his death wasn't even on screen. But that's ok, because we get long takes of Kevin Bacon and this chick having sex (until they die, laughably) and the least fleshed out, least interesting, worst acted character becomes the hero by the end. Now, I did enjoy this movie. There was a VERY clever subplot near the beginning with a girl, built up to be the main character, who we already hate for various reasons, but is killed unexpectedly, to set up our killer, who they're targeting, and what they will be doing, as well as dispose of a character we were meant to hate. There are also some great examples of visual storytelling that work on multiple levels. Ok, now the thing I've wanted to talk about: The killer reveal. It is the dumbest thing ever written. No logic, no sense, no suspense, no talent. The reveal, the climax, the reasoning; none of it works. Overall, this film has a lot of writing, visuals, and dialogue of merit, but thee is a ton of lazy writing, weird camerawork, and hokey acting. I give Friday the 13th a 5/10.