Friday the 13th Deep Dark Thoughts
A lot of fans don’t seem to give these films the credit they deserve. They seem to stick their noses up at them, calling them exploitation and worthless…. far from their own personal vision of horror. Sure Carpenter set the table for slasher films with “Halloween“, but “Friday the 13th” set the standard. “Friday the 13th” was one of the main films directly responsible for the horror explosion of the early ’80s. For the next 5-7 years, we saw some classic horror born. Here in this place, you will find the details of Friday the 13th Deep Dark Thoughts Full News.
Films such as Nightmare on Elm Street, Evil Dead, Re-animator, Evil Dead 2, and Hellraiser came along and forever changed the horror landscape. Now far from this heyday of horror, we are witnessing the general self-destruction of the genre with films such as, “Scream”, “Scream 2”, and “I know what you did last summer”. But atlas, let us bask in what was and hopefully someday will return.
Ok, enough of my “soapbox”, but the state of horror today always gets my blood boiling. Let’s get back to talking about the masterpiece that is “Friday the 13th”. Thereee is probably no other movie more responsible for my wholehearted plunge into the horror genre than the original “Friday the 13th”. This film has it all: a great story (by Victor Miller), powerful imagery (brought to life by the master Tom Savini), and an amazing score by Harry Manfredini (very Psycho-esqe). All this mixed together with the superb directing of Sean Cunningham and you have one amazing film. A must-see for any horror fan.
Since my first viewing of this classic, I adapted the motto “Give me horror, or give me death.” I have to admit I am a Jason freak. No, I won’t hide it. Sure as the series progressed they can hold a candle to the original (the same can be said about any of the slasher series), but on a whole, they were very entertaining with the exception of Part V and VIII. Both of which I still own being the completist I am.
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Friday the 13th Story
Twenty years earlier, Camp Crystal Lake has been shut down after the mysterious death of a young boy and a couple of counselors. After several failed attempts at re-opening the camp, Steve Christy (Peter Browner) is working towards making it suitable for inner-city campers. Bad idea, because it seems Friday the 13th is right around the corner and death awaits all. The locals loony, Crazy Ralph (Walt Gorney), warns that the camp has a “death curse”, but it falls on deaf and soon to be blooded ears.
One by one, the counselors seem to drop as they engage in acts of pre-marital sex, smoking dope, and drinking. Guess they all forgot to read the “Camp Blood” rules of conduct and now must pay with their LIVES. No two murders are alike as evident through Tom Savini‘s genius. But who is the killer? I won’t tell, but please don’t lose your head.
As the final machete finds its’ destinations, Alice (Adrienne King) is left as the sole survivor of this massacre. The films end with a chilling exchange between Sheriff Tierney (Ronn Carroll) and Alice; “… we didn’t find any boy” then he’s still there.” This quite evident with the emergence of Jason in Part 2. From that time on he has laid his claim to the title “King of All Slashers”. Rent this film and all of those that followed!!!
Friday the 13th Frightful Facts
- 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 return to the series on “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter”.
- The British video version is terribly cut. It is missing nearly all of the violence and gore, especially Mrs. Voorhees demise.
- 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” 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.
- “Friday the 13th” is banned in Finland.
- The film series spawned “Friday the 13th: The Series” which ran for 3 years from 1987-1990. A total of 72 episodes were shot. Check the Sci-Fi Channel for scheduled airings.
- This Kevin Bacon’s first leading role in a feature film. He made his feature film debut in “National Lampoon’s Animal House”(1978).”Trapped in time. Surrounded by evil. Low on gas.”
- Camp NoBeBoSo in New Jersey was used for the camp scenes in the original “Friday the 13th”
- The first two films have been released on DVD with a much-rumored boxset due at the end of the year.
Friday the 13th Leftovers
A new Freddy vs. Jason film is in the works, as well as, a new Friday the 13th film.
Friday the 13th Goodies
- Buy the original “Friday the 13th” on DVD atAmazon.com
- Buy the poster for the original “Friday the 13th” atAmazon.com
- Buy “Friday the 13th: Part II” on DVD at Amazon.com
- Buy “Friday the 13th: Part III” on DVD at Amazon.com
- Buy “Friday the 13th Part 4: The Final Chapter” on DVD at Amazon.com
- Buy “Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning” on DVD at Amazon.com
- Buy “Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives” on DVD atAmazon.com
- Buy “Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood” on DVD at Amazon.com
- Buy “Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan” on DVD at Amazon.com
- Buy “Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday” on DVD atAmazon.com
- Buy Jason X on DVD at Amazon.com
- Buy Freddy vs. Jason on DVD at Amazon.com
- Buy Making Friday The 13th: The Legend Of Camp Blood (book) at Amazon.com
Friday 13th Fanspeak
RE: Friday The 13th Movies
T4: I have had a love for horror movies since I was 5 yrs. old (I’m 19 now). At 5 yrs. old, my first movie I actually ever watched was Friday The 13th.I don’t know what my mother was thinking but she wanted to watch it (so did I) and sat me down beside her. Till this day I have loved horror movies with a passion. My favorite flicks are the Friday The 13th movies.
I can’t get enough of horror movies. People smoke pot to escape reality or for a hobby, me it’s horror movies, my kind of drug. So refreshing just to sit back and watch an excellent gore flick. I think this website is one of the best, keep on choppin’!!!!!!!!!! (don’t let me, or other horror fans out there, down!)
RE: Friday the 13th
I think this web site is great. I’m a big fan of the Friday the 13th movies, and love to look at web sites but there are few good ones out there. Yours gives me me different opinions, pictures, sounds and more. Plus I get to check out other movies.
A big horror fan,
PS- I’m looking foward to seeing the reviews of the other Halloween movies!
RE: Friday the 13th
I saw the first of the series when I was 10 years old. Against the wishes of my parents I sat alone in the dark in the den watching this movie. I can still remember being absolutly terrified. The part the really freaked me right out was when the girl was trying to get away and found the body in the truck and the body hanging from the tree etc… Anyway I was so scared I had to sleep with my mom and dad. So I was hooked, and I love every one them, of coarse some more then others, with The Final Chapter being my favorite and Jason Takes Manhatten being my least favorite. JASON FOREVER!!!!!!!
RE: not a fair statement
I agree that horror movies are the best movies, but to say that Friday the 13th started it all is not fair. Black Christmas set the standard for John Carpenter’s Halloween, which set the standard for Jason Voorhees. Friday the 13th part 1 is a masterpiece of horror, but Jason Voorhees is a Michael Myers clone. Don’t get me wrong, I love Jason movies, but I feel Halloween and Black Christmas deserve more credit.