Sean Cunningham, the director of Friday the 13th worked with Wes Craven on Last House on the Left and A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Tom Savini was brought in to do the special effect on the original Friday the 13th, because the producers admired his work in Dawn of the Dead. Tom would later returned to the series on Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter.

Cunningham: "Jason started as a gimmick at the end of that first one. Having him lurch out of the water was a way of going out with a strong visual image. . . . I didn't know that Jason would be stalking summer camps for the next ten years. I really had no idea."

Betsy Palmer was chosen to play Jason's mother strictly for the fact that she could provide her own transport to the set

The original Friday the 13th (not including Freddy vs. Jason which grossed $85 million worldwide) was the most successful installment in the series grossing over $37 million in revenue. The series as a whole has grossed in excess of $250 million.

The budget for Friday the 13th was $500,000.

Opened Friday, June 13th, 1980. What opened the same day? The Shining.

The film was shot over a 3 month period from September-October 1979.

The film series spawned Friday the 13th: The Series which ran for 3 years from 1987-1990. A total of 72 episodes were shot.

This is Kevin Bacon's first leading role in a feature film. He made his feature film debut in National Lampoon's Animal House (1978).

Camp NoBeBoSo in New Jersey was used for the camp scenes in the original Friday the 13th

Tom Savini makeup man is a body being thrown through a window.

The fake ending scene in which Alice is attacked by Jason, was shot three times. Once in September, then October and finally in November; when the temperature was 28 degrees outside.
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Adrienne King got the role of Alice only after the original filmmakers gave up trying to land Sally Field.
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The film has been spoofed a number of times, most notably in Saturday the 14th (1981)

Makeup designer Tom Savini thought up the idea of Jason's surprise appearance at the end of the movie.

Estelle Parsons was originally signed on to play Mrs. Voorhees.
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Adrienne King at first did not want to be in the film because of the graphic violence in it, but she changed her mind.
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Betsy Palmer said that if it were not for the fact that she was in desperate need of a new car, she would never have taken the part of Pamela Voorhees. In fact, after she read the script she called the film "a piece of shit".
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