Friday, February 8, 2013

FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980)

Back in 1957, a physically deformed and mentally handicapped child, Jason Voorhees, drowns at Camp Crystal Lake while the supervising counselors were off bumping uglies.  A year later (the opening of the movie) two camp counselors are murdered while banging.  The camp is shut down.  Now 22 years later it's opening back up for business.  But first it needs some repairs, so two weeks before the grand opening a small group of counselors descend on Camp Crystal Lake to fix it up a bit: mount old half-destroyed archery targets out on the archery range, hang up a rain gutter with the worst hammering job in movie history and remove a tree stump, cause god knows there's nothing worse than a tree stump in the middle of a forest.  Anyway, somebody doesn't take kindly to all of these improvements and starts killing everybody.  Who could it be?!

As far as the Friday the 13th series goes Part 1 is probably the weakest of the first 8 (after Part 8 the series just goes all to shit), but it's still an enjoyable film and interesting to see how the series evolved from a standard early slasher film to within a few years (Parts 3 & 4) being super awesome!  Somewhat dated, but still an enjoyable ride and a fun film to revisit.

Part 2 - Friday the 13th Part 2
Part 3 - Friday the 13th Part III
Part 4 - Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
Part 5 - Friday the 13th: A New Beginning
Part 6 - Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
Part 7 - Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
Part 8 - Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
Part 9 - The Final Friday: Jason Goes to Hell
Part 10 - Jason X
Freddy vs Jason
Remake

Hey, it's ol' boy from THE PRIVATE EYES.