Friday the 13th (1980)

Betsy Palmer
Adrienne King
Jeannine Taylor
Victor Miller
Sean S. Cunningham
WRC Score:
First posted in a different form on May 29, 2012


In Friday the 13th an unseen individual watches as a group of young people gather to reopen a long abandoned summer camp.  Before long the body count begins to rise.  Will anyone survive the experience?

Man, writing a spoiler free paragraph shouldn’t come as hard as that last one didAnd really, with this movie, is there really a point?

Friday the 13th starts one of the most significant Horror film series of the Modern Age.  If you know anything the genre, you know of it.  Maybe as a celebrated classic.  Maybe as a foul stench in what was a noble field.  Depending on where you stand, obviously.

Judging by this film alone, it’s hard to see why it had a sequel, let alone such an influence. Paper thin characters, a lot of bland “character” moments, and the questionable (albeit occasionally effective) decision to keep the killer hidden from the audience all work against it. Had there been a little more flair to the direction or the writing, this might have almost been good. Instead, it’s just a mediocre Slasher flick (1 point), one of entirely too many.

Still, I can’t say I disliked watching the movie. It will never be one that I seek out again, but if there’s nothing else on, I might watch it again. Or study the walls instead. Whichever, whatever. (1 point)

Overall Score: 2 total points out of a possible 4

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