Friday the 13th

May 9th, 1980


Friday the 13th

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Camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to re-open a summer camp that was the site of a child's drowning.

Release Year: 1980

Rating: 6.3/10 (37,739 voted)

Director: Sean S. Cunningham

Stars: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Jeannine Taylor

One summer at Camp Crystal Lake, a group of young counselors begin to get ready to lead campers. Unfortunately for the former, someone isn't happy about what's going on in the camp and enjoys playing Kill the Counselor. As bodies fall to the ground in the camp, no one is safe.

Betsy Palmer - Mrs. Pamela Voorhees
Adrienne King - Alice Hardy
Jeannine Taylor - Marcie Cunningham
Robbi Morgan - Annie
Kevin Bacon - Jack Burrel
Harry Crosby - Bill
Laurie Bartram - Brenda
Mark Nelson - Ned Rubinstein
Peter Brouwer - Steve Christy
Rex Everhart - Enos, the Truck Driver
Ronn Carroll - Sgt. Tierney
Ron Millkie - Officer Dorf
Walt Gorney - Crazy Ralph
Willie Adams - Barry
Debra S. Hayes - Claudette

Taglines: On Friday The 13th, They Began To Die Horribly, One......By One (UK - Theatrical Tagline)

Release Date: 9 May 1980

Filming Locations: Blairstown, New Jersey, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $550,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $5,816,321 (USA) (11 May 1980) (1 Screen)

Gross: $39,754,601 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Victor Miller's working title for the script was "Long Night at Camp Blood".

Continuity: When Alice reaches the canoe, it is relatively dry inside. There a major downpour less than an hour earlier, which should have partially flooded the canoe.

Pamela Voorhees: [seeing Brenda's dead body] Oh, good Lord! So young. So pretty. Oh, what monster could have done this?
Alice: Bill's out there.

User Review

A Classic, genre defining


Without a doubt, the work of Cunningham and Carpenter during 1978 & 1980 rocked the world of the horror genre. Friday the 13th is one of the films that to this day still has repercussions. It demonstrated the importance of setting the tone in horror movies, making the audience themselves feel as if they too were being stalked. Cunningham also was one of the few directors to introduce the idea of a possible female serial killer.

Without this film, Scream's Randy would have never uttered those famous words, 'There are certain rules to surviving a horror movie..' This film combined with Carpenter's Halloween, firmly etched the rules in stone. The creepy music, the infamous "ch-ch-ch-ha-ha-ha", the crude photography and the graphic depiction of the murders of the counsellors all blend together to give a classic piece of film history. It scared the hell out of multitudes of teenagers who, in many instances could see themselves in the victims of the stalker. These weren't bad people getting killed, these were just your typical average American kids, having a good time, getting picked off.

That is what makes this film so defining, that is why, for all its crude and harsh imagery, this is a classic. This is why alot of recent attempts at horror don't measure up. It's not the effects or the blood necessarily, it's the atmosphere and the familiarity that bring it home.It is more frightening to think, "That could be me"


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