Horror Movie: Friday the 13th (R; 1980; 95 min.)

Went back to another original/classic…some call it one of the first slasher movies upon which so many of today’s movies are based. Can’t believe this is one of eight of these movies in this series; with the gore factor, I just watched the first one and that was good enough for me.

Friday the 13th is set at Camp Crystal Lake, or Camp Blood, as the locals still call it. That’s because in 1957, a young boy drowned there and in 1958, two counselors were murdered as they made out in an old barn. Since then, the camp has been closed, but Steve-o wants to change all that. He’s hired several college-age kids (including a very young Kevin Bacon) to come in to help get the camp ready for its opening just a couple of weeks away.

Annie, one of these teens, is heading to the camp to be the cook (yes, one cook for the entire camp!), but the town cuckoo named Ralph warns her, “You’ll never come back again. It’s got a death curse!” Well, he was RIGHT! Poor Annie never even makes it to the camp before she meets her demise, set to a whispery man’s voice of “Ch ch ch ch, ah ah ah ah.” Creeeeepy!

Meanwhile, back at camp, the other counselors are working and playing (mostly playing) while Steve heads into town. It begins to pour down in the dark, dark woods, so they split up (naturally!) to head to various cabins for strip Monopoly or make-out sessions. This is a teen movie after all!

One by one the counselors are picked off with axes and other various handy instruments of torture, until only one girl is left. She soon meets up with the killer, and must spend the rest of the movie trying to run, quiet her breathing so as not to be detected, discovering dead bodies and crying, and just being the ignorant horror movie girl in general. We do discover before the movie’s end who the killer really is, and the killer’s motivation – psycho killer – and even get a surprise or two thrown in for good measure.

  • Top Scare: Near the very end
  • Heartbeats: 2 out of 5
  • Gore Factor: 3 3/4 out of 5
  • Suspense Factor: 2 3/4 out of 5
  • Psycho factor: 3 out of 5
  • Recommended for: 17 and up due to several sex scenes, gory killings and fear factor in general

Next up: The Blair Witch Project

2 responses to “Horror Movie: Friday the 13th (R; 1980; 95 min.)

  1. i have been watching all of these this week on amc channel. they r better uncut on dvd. i love them and all the halloween series.

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