“It’s got a death curse!”
Released in 1980 following the success of John Carpenter’s Halloween, Friday the 13th is a cult classic about camp counselors who go to reopen Camp Crystal Lake and are murdered one by one by an unknown killer. For someone who may be a little familiar with this franchise, the killer is not who you think, which makes the movie intriguing and more interesting!
To quote one of my other favorite films:
Ghostface: Name the killer in Friday the 13th.
Casey: Jason! Jason! Jason!
Ghostface: I’m sorry. That’s the wrong answer!
But, I digress. The budget on this film was $550,000 and ended up grossing $59.8 million. Amazing! Horror did very well that year, with releases of The Shining and The Fog.
Friday the 13th sets a lot of ground rules used in later horror films: don’t drink, don’t do drugs, don’t have sex, or say, “I’ll be right back!” because guess what? You won’t be right back!
We find out that as a child, Jason drowned in the lake while the camp counselors were, well, getting busy. They weren’t watching him. Hence, the revenge on current camp counselors.
My favorite character is Crazy Ralph, the town crazy who rides around on a rickety bike yelling about things. His crazy talk is actually a foreshadowing of what is going to happen to the young people in the film. So….preach, Crazy Ralph, preach!
You learn who the killer is toward the last 30 minutes of the film and it’s a wild chase. It ends with a cliff hanger that leads into the sequel, which I think is just as good as the first movie.
Grab some s’mores and sing Kumbaya, because this is a Halloween season staple! Cheers!
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