THEY WERE WARNED… THEY ARE DOOMED… AND ON FRIDAY THE 13TH, NOTHING WILL SAVE THEM.
As teenagers arrive at a summer camp on Crystal Lake, someone there decides that they all deserve to die… Inspired by Halloween (1978), this film has become the crowning achievement of the cheap slasher flick genre that dominated the ’80s; as always there’s a masked psycho chopping horny teenagers to pieces. Indifferently put together, the film nevertheless features a stylish murder of Kevin Bacon and the final scene is a shockingly effective homage to Carrie.
1980-U.S. 95 min. Color. Directed by Sean S. Cunningham. Makeup: Tom Savini. Cast: Betsy Palmer (Pamela Vorhees), Adrienne King (Alice), Harry Crosby (Bill), Laurie Bartram, Mark Nelson, Jeannine Taylor… Kevin Bacon.
Trivia: Followed by nine sequels, starting with Friday the 13th, Part 2 (1981), and a TV series (1987-1990), sharing little resemblance to the movies. In Freddy Vs. Jason (2003), Jason clashed with Freddy Krueger, the killer from A Nightmare on Elm Street. Remade as Friday the 13th (2009).