Friday the 13th (1980) (Uncut) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Sean S. Cunningham
Starring: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Jeannine Taylor
Rated: UR/Region: A/1X85/1080p/Number of disc: 1
Available from Paramount
One summer at Camp Crystal Lake, a group of young counselors begin to get ready to lead campers. Unfortunately for the former, someone isn’t happy about what’s going on in the camp and enjoys playing kill the counselor. As bodies fall to the ground in the camp, no one is safe.
Here we have the one that started it all, folks! And while I can’t personally say that this is the Friday the 13th that made me a fan of the franchise, it is the movie that boomed the slasher craze of the 80s. While Friday the 13th was inspired by Halloween, every movie after this one was inspired by it. While all the rules you’ve come to know is ran in the ground now, you have to give props to this movie for making the rule book here. Any scenario you’d expect in a slasher flick today started here. And it is for reasons like that we can call this movie a classic even if it really isn’t if you break it down. I mean sure we have great gore, but we also have some weak characters if you look closely.
While a trend setter, Friday the 13th, gives us a group of characters that just never seems really likeable. This would be improved on later, but here we are just waiting to see them die. Of course in a film like this waiting on such a thing can have its perks. I just wish the last part of the film as our heroin is running from the killer wasn’t dragged out as much. Still, it is a classic in its own right. The original Friday the 13th will never be a perfect film and it isn’t even as good as many of the other Friday the 13th films to come but it has gore, women get naked, and it was the first. Those are elements in a slasher that are now legendary, so it has to count for something.
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