Terror and suspense abound in this 24-hour nightmare of blood. Camp Crystal Lake has been shuttered for over 20 years due to several vicious and unsolved murders. The camp's new owner and seven young counselors are readying the property for re-opening despite warnings of a "death curse" by local residents. The curse proves true on Friday The 13th as one by one each of the counselors is stalked by a violent killer. This film is widely acclaimed for its horrifying and creative murder sequences.
Matt: Often imitated but never duplicated, 'Friday The 13th' was the one that started it all for me. Much like 'Halloween', this one was also low-budget filmmaking at is best. It was the one that scared everyone out of their seats. Betsy Palmer was very convincing as Mrs. Voorhees, and Kevin Bacon's career launched off of this movie. The ending was great too, lots of blood, lots of gore, and then a surprise appearance by Jason, which would set the stage for the future films. Harry Manfredini really delivered on the music for this film with his iconic score and the creating the 'ki ki ki, ma ma ma' sound effect (with his own voice!) that will continue to haunt generations to come. If it wasn't for 'Friday The 13th', the slasher genre would have died out right after 'Halloween', and the '80s would have been a much different decade. 10 out of 10.
A.J.: It's Friday the 13th personified. It started everything and has all the good elements of a horror movie. 9 out of 10.
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