Not only do I finally see this fully uncut, but it’s in HD! HAPPY FRIDAY THE 13th!
Friday the 13th (1980)
Directed By: Sean S. Cunningham (Spring Break)
Seeing how it’s Friday the 13th today, I figured it was a great day to take a trip back to Crystal Lake to hang out with our pal, Jason..Well, KINDA anyway. He is here for a bit, but the original Friday the 13th had another person running around offing the kids who have sex and do drugs, now didn’t it? I don’t think that counts as a spoiler since every horror fan alive pretty much already knows this. Anyway, today it’s the blu-ray release of the UNCUT Friday the 13th! And while we are at it, how come the rest of the films haven’t been put on blu-ray yet?? No need to stop at part 3, Paramount.
It’s got a death curse ya know? Well, people know it but they ignore it, as Camp Crystal Lake is being re-opened after a series of odd occurrences have taken place at it. A boy had drowned (guess who that was?), a couple were killed, and the water was even bad once, but that be damned because people are trying to open it up again! Only problem is, they keep getting killed off one by one in horrible fashion!
Oh the smell of a fresh franchise! Friday the 13th does have a lot of things that the franchise would later be known for, but it gets more credit because it was the first and at the time and these things had yet to be ran into the ground. While we have no man in a hockey mask here (It’s OK if you’re shocked to hear that), we do have some things that later films seemed to lack, that’s good characters. Among those characters being a young Kevin Bacon (playing a guy named Jack), the original Friday final girl Alice, who oddly enough isn’t a clean cut as most final girls, and even a character named Annie that at one time seems more important than she actually is to the film, that’s good characters.
Also the film does have some T & A but seems to not be as campy as it would later turn out to be. While the film does have cool effects by Tom Savini like the “arrow kill”, it also doesn’t just depend on that alone. I noticed watching it that the movie does try to built up a lot of suspense, which hurts and helps at different times in the movie. You have times when it really makes you wonder what doom and gloom waits the person on the screen, but then again, you have times when you just want them to get on with it.
This also brings me to the ending sequence, I think a lot of times in the franchise the films ending is hurt from just being dragged out too long. I think this one is a prime example of that. I didn’t keep track of the time, but I believe the cat and mouse game between Alice and the killer takes a good twenty minutes at least! And I’ll admit, while I like the film, that whole part just kinda bored me until we got to the grand finale of it. I mean after all, how many logical times can Alice run in and out of the same cabin? Add in that last shot of what the killer gets mixed in with the very creepy ending the movie then gives us (which is a major WTF moment), and you have a hands down classic slasher that, while it may not be the most popular film in the Friday franchise, is without question one of the more well rounded ones. Good characters, good kills, it does drag in moments, but it makes up for it with the crazy ending sequence. So, Duh! I recommend it.
It goes without saying that this movie is a classic. What you have here isn’t the world’s best film, but it’s essential for any horror lover. The blu-ray does look better than expected in outside portions of the film, I’d go as far as to say those section of the movie look really good. A lot does however seem to be lost once we enter the dark and we do have a lot of dark. Still, worth an upgrade if you love the franchise.
The Rating (7.5/10)