Friday, February 13, 2015

Friday the 13th (1980)

Starring: Adrienne King, Jeannine Taylor, and Harry Crosby

Homicidal Maniac: Betsy Palmer as Pamela Voorhees

Run time: 1:35:00

Quick Synopsis: Camp counselors are terrorized as they plan on opening a camp with a bloody past.

If you on a site like this, there is little chance that you have not seen Friday the 13th.  It is far from perfect, but is considered a classic and for good reason.  While it admittedly stole a lot of ideas from Halloween (1978), the slasher checklist is truly defined in Friday the 13th.   There is little else within the film's script, but it works and still holds up to today's
audience.  There are no wasted scenes and the story is a quick hour and a half.  The characters are pretty simplified, however, don't annoy the viewer like many of the copycat films throughout the years.  Another thing the knockoffs will never be able to match are the effects done by Tom Savini throughout the film.  The kills are innovative and creative in a way that is hard to match.  The Kevin Bacon death will always be remembered and praised.  And the Mrs. Voorhees decapitation still gets a reaction out of me every time.  Speaking of Mrs. Voorhees, Betsy Palmer uses the perfect mix of camp and creepiness to bring to life one of the most infamous villains of all time.   Friday the 13th is an innovative, must-watch awful horror movie.  

Fun Fact: Betsy Palmer stated that she believed that the script for the film was a piece of shit.  The only reason she did the movie was that she was in dire need for a new car.

Hidden Gem:  Tom Savini doubles for Brenda in the scene where she is thrown through a window.

Total Kill Count: 10
Barry- Barry (5:00) Stabbed in the Gut Gore Rating: 6
Claudette- (5:00) Offscreen Gore Rating: --
Annie- Robbi Morgan (22:00) Throat Slit Gore Rating: 7
Ned- Mark Nelson (40:00) Found Dead/Throat Slit Gore Rating: 4
Jack- Kevin Bacon (42:00) Arrow through Neck Gore Rating: 9
Marcie- Jeannine Taylor (46:00) Ax to Head Gore Rating: 9
Steve- Peter Brouwer (1:03:00) Stabbed in the Gut Gore Rating: 3
Bill- Harry Crosby (1:10:00) Found Dead/Multiple Arrows Gore Rating  9
Brenda- Laurie Bartram (1:14:00) Found Dead/Thrown through Window Gore Rating: 3
Mrs. Voorhees- Betsy Palmer (1:28:00) Decapitated Gore Rating: 8

             Horror Film: 8
             Entertainment: 9
             Gore: 8
             Overall: 8.25