Friday the 13th Poster

Release Date: May 9th, 1980

DVD Release Date: October 19th, 1999

R|1 hr 35 min

Plot Summary
Crystal Lake's history of murder doesn't deter counselors from setting up a summer camp in the woodsy area. Superstitious locals warn against it, but the fresh-faced young people -- Jack (Kevin Bacon), Alice (Adrienne King), Bill (Harry Crosby), Marcie (Jeannine Taylor) and Ned (Mark Nelson) -- pay little heed to the old-timers. Then they find themselves stalked by a brutal killer. As they're slashed, shot and stabbed, the counselors struggle to stay alive against a merciless opponent.

Cast: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Harry Crosby, Laurie Bartram, Mark Nelson, Jeannine Taylor, Robbi Morgan, Kevin Bacon

Director: Sean Cunningham

Genres: Horror

Production Co: Paramount Pictures, Sean S. Cunningham Films

Keywords: Small town, Survival, Tense, 1950s, Escape, Revenge, 1980s

Ratings & Reviews

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  • A disgusting, artless shocker...A cruel film that offers teen-age girls in peril, as well as a gruesome beheading. Only for sickies. [11 July 1980, p.8]

  • It's a formula with no pretensions. show more

  • Friday the 13th is neither tense nor frightening (although, to be fair, it is at times creepy and atmospheric, due in part to budgetary limitations that led to a low-key style). show more

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