Friday the 13th (1980) Movie Review

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Friday the 13th (1980)

1980 | R | Horror, Thriller, Mystery
95 minutes / 1h 35min

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Friday the 13th Plot Synopsis:

One summer at Camp Crystal Lake, a group of young counselors begin to get ready to lead campers. Unfortunately for the former, someone isn't happy about what's going on in the camp and enjoys playing kill the counselor. As bodies fall to the ground in the camp, no one is safe.

Friday the 13th (1980) Review

Friday the 13th (1980) is an American mystery slasher horror film that has an estimated budget of $550,000 and grossed over $59.8 million. Director and co-writer Sean S. Cunningham (DeepStar Six (1989), Freddy vs. Jason (2003), The Last House on the Left (2009)) did an excellent job executing this screenplay that is not too all original. The movie was shot in several locations in New Jersey, USA including 11 Sand Pond Road, Blairstown; Blairstown Diner, 53 New Jersey 94, Blairstown; Freehold; Hardwick Township; Hope and Blairstown, New Jersey, USA. Friday the 13th contains sexual content, nudity, bad language, suspense, extreme violence, drug use, tension, and thrills.

Friday the 13th tells us the story about a group of teenagers who was trying to reopen an abandoned campground and was killed one by one while doing so. The movie starts by giving the viewer a creepy feeling although it is simple but not original. The movie differs from other movies because it was not afraid to have fun. The teenagers did all of the stuff they are not suppose to do like drinking, partying, drugs, etc. and the killer kills them one by one while the remaining teenagers try to figure out who the killer is. I was surprised to see who the killer was and why she was killing the teenagers. Will anyone make it out alive? Why does the female think that she needs revenge now, twenty some years later?

Tom Savini‘s talents shine behind the makeup job he did in this movie with an ax to the face, slit throats, and arrow through the neck. Blood was not a shortage in this film so fans who love themselves a good amount of gore would not be disappointed upon seeing this 1980s film. The action scenes were intense, and that is because the editor did a fantastic job putting the film together. The suspense kept us on our feet as we do not know who was going to die next making the scares genuine. I was shocked to see Jason Voorhees not being the killer in this film, but someone close to him is and dies so we will not be seeing that person again. Jason’s family member is hell bent on revenge.

  • Friday the 13th Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 5.66
  • IMDB: 6.5
  • MetaCritic: 2.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 6.1

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About Friday the 13th 1980

Title: Friday the 13th
Year: 1980
Runtime: 95 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.83/5 stars from 101,202 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 101,202
MPAA Rating: R
Friday the 13th Cast Starring: Tom Savini, Kevin Bacon, Adrienne King, Walt Gorney, Betsy Palmer, Ronn Carroll, Rex Everhart, Peter Brouwer, Ari Lehman, Ron Millkie, Sally Anne Golden, Robbi Morgan, Irwin Keyes, Willie Adams, Debra S. Hayes, Dorothy Kobs, Mary Rocco, Ken L. Parker, Noel Cunningham, Jeannine Taylor, Harry Crosby, Laurie Bartram, Mark Nelson
Friday the 13th Writers: Victor Miller, Ron Kurz
Friday the 13th Director: Sean S. Cunningham
Production: Paramount Pictures
Language: English
Country: USA