Friday the 13th (1980)

Since Friday the 13th series of films are so seminal within the horror community I didn’t want to just do a basic review. So, as part of my 365 films in 365 days challenge, I have decided to do a mini-review accompanied by a chart or graph of some kind. Hope you enjoy.

The original Friday the 13th film blasted opened the doors of the mainstream and helped cement the slasher film as a mainstay in horror cinema. Two years prior, Halloween set the stage and there has been no looking back since. Films like this one were a dime-a-dozen in the early ’80s, so it took something special to get noticed. Maybe it was luck, but a combination of great special effects (Tom Savini) and a solid script certainly didn’t hurt the original Friday the 13th film.

Everyone assumes they know all there is to know about Friday the 13th. Jason wears a hockey mask and kills teenagers (and sometimes 30 year olds that sorta look like teenagers) who are getting their hump on. Funny thing though, I asked a group of friends (not horror fiends mind you but people who mostly work in the film industry) who was responsible for the deaths in the original Friday the 13th movie. The consensus was Jason killed his mom and everyone else. What has the world come to!? It makes me think that there may be a nation of people out there who only know Jason as the over-commercialized character from cereal boxes and laughable sequels featuring Freddy K. Admittedly, this saddens me a great deal. It’s like not knowing who the first president of the U.S. was in my humble opinion.

So for those of you who may have stumbled upon this blog and aren’t 100% sure of how the legend began; Do yourself a favor and educate yourself a bit by watching the original. It just may surprise you (also, don’t look at the chart).

* Numbers are legit minus the boob showage rate, I made that one up, but I’m fairly sure it’s close.

Snore Factor: Z

IMDB 1980

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