Sean Cunningham, the director of
Friday the 13th worked with Wes Craven on Last House on the
Left and A Nightmare on Elm Street.
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
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
The budget for Friday the 13th was $500,000.
Opened Friday, June 13th, 1980. What opened the same day?
The film was shot over a 3 month period from September-October
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
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.
Adrienne King got the role of Alice only after the original
filmmakers gave up trying to land Sally Field.
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.
Adrienne King at first did not want to be in the film because
of the graphic violence in it, but she changed her mind.
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".