Friday the 13th (1980)

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Friday the 13th (1980)
Friday the 13th (1980) theatrical poster.jpg
Genre: Horror
Photography: Color
Running Time: 95 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: May 9, 1980
Directed by: Sean S. Cunningham
Written by: Victor Miller
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures (US)
Warner Bros. (international)
Starring: Betsy Palmer
Adrienne King
Harry Crosby
Laurie Bartram
Mark Nelson
Jeannine Taylor
Robbi Morgan
Kevin Bacon
Next film: Friday the 13th Part 2


Friday the 13th is an American slasher film directed and produced by Sean S. Cunningham, written by Victor Miller and starring Betsy Palmer as Pamela Voorhees. The cinematography was done by Barry Abrams and the film's score was composed by Harry Manfredini. It's notable for being the first film in one of the most popular horror film franchises in recent years.

Why It Rocks

  1. It was one of the first slasher films to really popularize the genre and put it into mainstream pop culture.  
  2. One of the creepiest settings in all of slasher films, a campground; this has also become a popular setting in horror films.  
  3. This movie is a bit different from its more famous sequels, because Jason's mother is the killer instead of Jason himself.  
  4. Lots of unique and gruesome deaths.  
  5. Spectacular ending.  
  6. Great soundtrack.  
  7. Good acting.  
  8. Excellent practical special effects.

Bad Qualities

  1. While the ending was great, that scene was revealed to be a dream sequence, which does lessen the impact a little bit.
  2. While having Jason's mother as the killer in the first film was a good idea, she would've had a bigger impact if she was revealed earlier on and interacted with the characters more.  
  3. Most of the sequel ideas began watering down the franchise to the point where they just downright killed the franchise, especially Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday and Jason X.  

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