Friday the 13th

This is a movie I’ve been wanting to talk about for a long time in some way or another. Many will cite Psycho as the film that started the slasher genre, and they’re right to do so. I’d like to give credit to Friday the 13th for starting the slasher sequel craze that swept the 80’s and 90’s. From 1980 to 1989, there was a new Jason movie every year except for ‘83 and ‘87. More were made during the 90’s and 2000’s, but Jason had a solid nine year run that Paramount made a fortune. While I can go on about how amazing this franchise is, let’s get into what most fans find still be the best one out of all twelve movies.

Friday the 13th was directed/produced by Sean Cunningham, written by Victor Miller, and special effects were done by (the legend himself) Tom Savini. After the success of John Carpenter’s Halloween, slasher films started popping up like weeds. Friday the 13th stood out from the rest; mainly because it had some halfway decent acting, a clever setting, likable characters, and an ending that is edge of your seat exciting. I can’t forget about the iconic music too, proving that score and sound editing are essential when crafting horror film. While Jason is the star of the franchise, he’s actually not the killer in this movie. Who is the killer? Well that my friends you’ll just have to see for yourself.

The plot is that an abandoned campsite is being reopened after two teenage counselors were murdered in the 1950’s. Now nearly thirty years later Camp Crystal Lake is experiencing the same living nightmare on Friday the 13th. It’s simple, but effective at the same time. Since there isn’t much to follow, the focus relies on who you’re trying to figure could be killing all these teenagers who love to have sex, smoke pot, and kill snakes. When you watch the movie, you (or more realistically your parents or grandparents) might recognize two familiar faces. Betsy Palmer who was a famous movie and television star, and Mr. Six Degrees himself Kevin Bacon. It’s common for 80’s slasher movies to have at least one rising star in them, this one belonged to Kevin Bacon.

The legacy Friday the 13th left behind is nothing short of legendary. It was forbidden at the time, but gained the respect it deserved. Critics dismissed it as cheap shlock, now it is considered a classic among the horror greats. If you’re looking for some old school slasher fun, along with some intense scenes of genuine fright, look no further than Friday the 13th!

Friday the 13th is available to rent on Youtube, Google Play, Amazon Prime, and iTunes.

Connor Hesnan

Connor Hesnan