Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th

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Director: Sean S. Cunningham

Cast: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Harry Crosby

     
 

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One of the longest-running horror film series began with this gory shocker from director Sean S. Cunningham, who had previously produced Wes Craven's classic Last House on the Left. Entrepreneur Steve Christie (Peter Brouwer) re-opens Camp Crystal Lake after many years during which it has been cursed by murders and bad luck. The young and nubile counselors all

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One of the longest-running horror film series began with this gory shocker from director Sean S. Cunningham, who had previously produced Wes Craven's classic Last House on the Left. Entrepreneur Steve Christie (Peter Brouwer) re-opens Camp Crystal Lake after many years during which it has been cursed by murders and bad luck. The young and nubile counselors all begin to die extremely bloody deaths at the hands of an unseen killer during a rainstorm which isolates the camp. A woman is chopped in the face with an axe, another has her throat sliced in amazingly gruesome fashion, a male counselor (Harry Crosby) is pinned to a door with arrows, and a young Kevin Bacon has an arrow shoved through his throat from below a bed. Victor Miller's script is not particularly impressive, but Cunningham's tense direction, and some remarkable special-effects by acclaimed makeup artist Tom Savini are enough to make it worthwhile. 1950s quiz show regular Betsy Palmer appears as the cook whose son, Jason (Ari Lehman), drowned 25 years earlier while neglected by romancing counselors. Palmer was reportedly cast because she was willing to drive her own car to and from the set. Trivia buffs should note the decapitation scene near the end, in which the female killer exhibits rather hirsute hands clutching at the air. The hands belong to Savini's assistant, Taso N. Stavrakis. Friday the 13th made nearly 40 million dollars at the box office and spawned numerous sequels.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Greg Kalleres
When it comes to slasher flicks, the Friday the 13th series and its infamous antagonist Jason no doubt rank among the most influential ever, with eight (soon to be nine) sequels and one of the most recognizable villains of all time -- even if you do rarely see his face. The simple story -- which pays homage to the original slasher film, Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho -- follows a group of plucky young counselors as they head for infamous Crystal Lake despite warnings of a murderer by the town crazy. The campers soon fall victim to the legend by way of their own hubris. Among the leads is a then-unknown Kevin Bacon in his first big role. A generic script by Victor Miller and Ron Kurz is helped by director Sean Cunningham's talent for tension, but the true savior is Harry Manfredini's score, the theme of which is used similarly to that of Jaws, creating tension by announcing the killer. Gruesome effects master Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead) deserves much credit for the creatively graphic gore, which carries the film's junk food excitement to new levels with moments including an axe to one poor soul's face and an arrow through the throat of another. Neophytes be warned: Don't expect to see Jason, as he doesn't show his face until the second installment, nor a hockey mask, as it doesn't show up until the third. Scream fans may already be aware of that, but even they cannot consider themselves true aficionados of scary movies until having seen the original Friday the 13th.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2008
UPC:
0032429043115
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:35:00

Special Features

Widescreen version; enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Dolby Digital English Mono/French Mono; English Subtitles; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Betsy Palmer Mrs. Voorhees
Adrienne King Alice
Harry Crosby Bill
Laurie Bartram Brenda
Robbi Morgan Annie
Mark Nelson Ned
Jeannine Taylor Marcie
Kevin Bacon Jack
Ari Lehman Jason
Peter Brouwer Steve Christy
Rex Everhart Truck Driver
Ronn Carroll Sgt. Tierney
Ron Millkie Dorf
Walter Gorney Crazy Ralph
Sally Anne Golden Sandy

Technical Credits
Sean S. Cunningham Director,Producer
Barry Abrams Cinematographer
Virginia Field Art Director
Bill Freda Editor
Alvin Geiler Executive Producer
Joel Goodman Editor
Ron Kurz Screenwriter
Harry Manfredini Score Composer
Victor Miller Screenwriter
Steve Miner Associate Producer
Tom Savini Makeup Special Effects,Stunts

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Friday the 13th
1. Camp Crystal Lake, 1958 [:12]
2. Prophet of Doom [6:10]
3. Setting Up Camp [6:02]
4. Annie's Encounter [6:24]
5. False Alarm [:16]
6. You're All Doomed [3:21]
7. Jack and Marcie [7:16]
8. Babes in the Woods [1:21]
9. It's Not Funny Anymore [5:17]
10. We'll Be Laughing About This Tomorrow [5:53]
11. Bill [4:31]
12. The Last One [6:08]
13. Mrs. Voorhees [4:00]
14. No Place to Hide [7:31]
15. The Boy, Is He Dead Too? [5:24]

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Friday the 13th 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just to get this straight, Jason Voorhees does not appear in this but the sequel. Here is his mother Pamela Voorhees who seems to hear Jason's voice telling her what to do with the newest Camp Counselor's at Crystal Lake. Creepy though okay movie.
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This is the first of the Jason slasher flicks...without Jason??? That's right. I won't spoil that killer identity but I will say that this is the best Friday movie for sure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well I must say that this is a very good movie. Although it is old it is still thrilling to this date much like PSYCHO. This movie went over the limits for kills doing things that have never been done before. Even though we don't see the axe actually going through the head, we still see it in the head. Having it go through the head probably wasn't allowed back then so we see some creative editing in this movie. The kills do not look cheesey at all. This is one of the few Friday the 13th movies where you are fretting for the people to get away. Pretty suspenseful I would say.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Years ago at Lake Crystal, the counclers ended up getting killed. The camp was closed. Then some kids tried to set it back up, big mistake. This movie is a classic horror, althoug it's eight sequals weren't as successful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked it except i thought the ending was pretty lame but if you like slasher films this is one you should see
Guest More than 1 year ago
the beginning was lame. I cant believe this actually scares people. It wasnt even scary hardly. To predictabe. Not enought action 4 me. but toward the end it got a little interesting with jasons mother going for the last kill. Over all it was pretty lame putting me to sleep its like HURRY UP AND GET TO THE GOOD STUFF
Guest More than 1 year ago
You know, this film isn't really bad. What's important is that it's orginal. And this film didn't include much special effects, not like today's horror film. I think the plot is well written, a old camp that was close due to a 'curse' and 20 years latter, some new teenagers decide to open it up again. However, one by one, they are being hunt down, and you won't believe who the killer is. (No, I'm not giving it away) This is one of those old classic horror film. It's a hell lot better than some of today's horror film. But what this film lacks is the acting. WHERE THE HELL IS THE ACTING? You have these teenagers who can't act at all. There purpose are only for, screeming, running, sexuality, and getting kill. This is probably the worse acting crew I had ever saw. But dispite that, the story is good. You don't find much of these films in today's world anymore.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the worst horror movies ever! Just plain sex, blood, and gore.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the greatest horror films of all time, Friday the 13th slashed its way into theatres and won the hearts of fans worldwide. Friday the 13th is trend-setting, and a very inspirational horror film, and while it may have gotten its idea from Halloween, Friday the 13th proved to be a unique, one-of-a-kind film. The king of all shashers!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this when it came out. I was 15 & it was alot of fun. People covering their eyes screaming in the theater! Sure it's not classic acting but it was low budget fun. I just wanted to be entertained. I was.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
friday the 13th was a horror movie but its not so scary a bunch of kids from a camp get killed by Jason who died by drowing in the lake i watched the movie the music is spooky but its not as scary as all of the other horror films but still in a all a good movie!
horrorhound More than 1 year ago
(May Contain Spoilers) In the film that began the franchise we see that there is no evolution predetermined for young Jason Voorhees, a disabled and disfigured child who drowns in Crystal Lake while the counselors of the camp are allegedly busy drinking and having premarital sex. Of course this is from the account of the mother of the drowned child who goes on to exact her vengeance upon a new set of counselors who appear to have the same plan. However, with no campers arriving at the lake yet, they are not even given the chance to make the same mistake. Was Mrs. Voorhees in the right to stop the same thing from happening again? The world may never know.
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