I was looking forward to this movie, especially concerning the interesting premise and the notoriety it's earned as one of the best-known slashers around, but boy was I disappointed. Okay, maybe my expectations should've been for a campy, gore-infested, poorly-acted, dully-thought slasher movie, but the fact remains, it's a campy, gore-intfested, poorly-acted, dully-thought slasher movie through and through. It really confuses me that so many people enjoyed this movie. I'm not insulting opinions here, just using them to counter mine. The premise of Friday the 13th is pretty basic. A lineup of generic, expendable characters all head out into the woods to Camp Crystal Lake, nicknamed Camp Blood. In case you hadn't guessed by its genre listing on Netflix, its notoriety, or just simply the cover, they are- shockingly- picked off one by one by a never-revealed killer. The movie, most of the time, follows a fairly simple formula that gets repetitive because of just how strongly it sticks to it. It goes something like this: A straggler or two are caught on their lonesome(s), we get some "creepy" (majorly sarcastic quotes... though I can't really say whether it's scary or not since I'm almost never scared by movies) expositions, we get reassured that nothing is wrong, they throw out a jump scare (if you ask me, a lazy cliche when we're supposed to be scared), and then we have a bland, thoughtless death scene. For the time, the special effects still weren't that great. They're hard to believe, but this is an older film so, to an extent, it's forgivable. Another thing to bring up is how little we care about the characters. I don't even think the movie bothered to bring up all of their names. They have no personalities, they exist solely to be killed off... they might as well be wearing a red shirt and walk around wearing a timer that says how much longer they have to live. So after a series of mind-numbing death scenes, all but one of our characters are dead. It's at this point that our killer is revealed, and if you're still reading this despite by strong unethical opinion, spoiler alert. A distraught mother of a boy who was killed in part because of incompetent camp counselors wants to avenge her son's death, and as such wants to murder people who had nothing to do with it (logical motives? HA.) and, I should throw this in here, is introduced as a friendly character, so it comes as a little bit of a twist. My biggest problem with this isn't so much the sudden introduction and shortly after character shift this late into the film, but the fact that SHE'S A SIXTY-SOME YEAR OLD WOMAN WHO'S SUPPOSED TO BE THREATENING. I know, I'm stereotyping, but she really doesn't do anything that anyone else can't fight back against. It's laughably silly, just as Pennywise the Dancing Clown was in Steven King' It and Chucky the Doll was in Child's Play. After the final act, the killer winds up dead because our main character is, I guess, the only person to fight back against their assailant, our protagonist winds up in a mental institution but still alive (though she's dead within the first five minutes of the next film...), and they throw out a "hey, guess what you lucky ducks, we have plentiful room for plentiful sequels!" Should you watch this movie? Well, if you can get past the cheesiness, lack of acting talent, and mind-numbing quality of it all, it might be worth a watch just to see a serious iteration of the cliches everyone knows and has parodied- 'don't go in the house," "don't go alone," etc. Still, it's pretty bad if you're like me and was looking for a high-quality slasher flick like me. I didn't like it, plain and simply, but if you can get past its flaws, it might be worth a look with a few friends over on Netflix, even if just to make fun of. Decide for yourself, you lazy opinion freeloaders.