Friday the 13th (1980) Review

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when the slasher genre started. Some say it was in 1974, with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Others maintain that it was as early as 1960, with Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. I personally thing the slasher didn’t fully take form until 1978’s Halloween. But whatever it was that officially gave birth to the genre, it was 1980’s Friday the 13th that brought it into the mainstream. One of the first slasher flicks to employ the camp/woods setting, which has become a pretty common trope. It was hugely popular at the time and spawned nine sequels (the most of any slasher movie? Probably. I’m not googling it), a remake, and a crossover with the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise. The series main killer, Jason Voorhees, also went on to become one of the most famous horror icons of all time. However, what you may not know is that he’s not actually the killer in the first movie. In this one, the killer is his dear old mother, Mrs. Voorhees, played by Betsy Palmer. She’s probably the best part of the movie. She shows up all sweet and makes you think she’s there to help, and then OH SHIT! SHE’S THE MURDERER!!! Overall, this movie is a little boring by today’s standards. There’s not very many kills, and they’re all pretty basic. On the plus side, Tom Savini does awesome special effects, and some highlights are definitely the arrow through Kevin Bacon’s neck and the decapitation near the end. Most of the movie, though, fails to create a chilling atmosphere or consistent tone of creepiness. Nowadays, I would say the only real reason to watch is the nostalgia factor. Still though, it’s a pretty jokes movie and I can see why it was so popular at the time.

Overall Rating: Wait, no, the best part is at the end when the kid pops out and grabs her on the canoe/10


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