194. Friday the 13th

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Movie: Friday the 13th

Release Date: May 9, 1990

Director: Sean S. Cunningham

Starring: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Harry Crosby, Laurie Bertram, Mark Nelson, Jeannine Taylor, Robbi Morgan, Kevin Bacon.

Tag Lines: “On Friday The 13th, They Began To Die Horribly, One……By One”

“Lucky 13? I think not.”

“If you think it means bad luck…YOU DON’T KNOW THE HALF OF IT.”

“You’ll wish it were only a nightmare…Fridays will never be the same again.”

“A 24-hour nightmare of terror.”

“They were warned…They are doomed…And on Friday the 13th, nothing will save them.”

“You may only see it once, but that will be enough.”

Relevance: If you have been following this blog, you know that I am a fan of the horror genre. Whether it be ghosts, demons, aliens, monsters, poltergeists or serial killers, I am all in. I am not a violent person at all. I have never once been in a fight, I don’t believe in guns and I am a huge advocate for peace and love and work on abolishing hate any chance I get. That all goes out the window for movies though. I guess film is my outlet for that type of energy. Thankfully. Because the more scares, guts, blood and gore the better.

I was only ten years old when ‘Friday the 13th’ was released in theaters, so obviously I did not see it at that time. It probably wasn’t until the third movie was released in theaters did I finally see the original on HBO. I am guessing it was sometime in late 1982 or early 1983. At that point, I really didn’t know what to expect from the film. All I knew was that there was a serial killer named Jason, who wore a hockey mask that killed half naked people. I was all in. But I was also in for a surprise.

I watched the film either alone or with my dad when it played on HBO. Honestly, I can’t remember the specifics, but I think it was a double feature, with Part I and Part II playing back to back. Because of the now iconic “hockey mask,” I was a bit surprised watching the first film. I kept waiting for Jason to appear. He does near the end, but not wearing that infamous mask. It may sound like I was disappointed, but it was quite the opposite. I was totally fascinated by the story and the film had me riveted to the television screen. It was creepy, scary, bloody and so much fun.

The twist of Jason’s mom as the killer was pure perfection. (Oh, Pamela!) At that time, for a woman to be the serial killer on screen was quite the shocker. And I totally ate it up. I loved how she met her demise. That slow motion beheading is one of my favorite cinematic moments in film history. It stayed with me for a long time. When Jason finally pops up (literally) in one of the last scenes of the film, I was more than excited for Part II. In fact, I was ready for Part II, III and every part that would come after.

I never saw any of the Friday the 13th films in the theater, but I own the entire collection on DVD and have watched them over and over again. I have also watched them numerous times when they get played on television during the Halloween season. One of my favorite times of year is the Fall and Halloween. One of the reasons is due to AMC’s Fear Fest. It is pretty much on twenty-four/seven in our household. The “Jason” marathon is one of my favorites. The movies eventually got ridiculous, I mean, ‘Jason Takes Manhattan’ and ‘Jason X,’ where he ends up in space are not good movies. At all. But the first few are actually decent as far as the slasher genre is concerned. The original ‘Friday the 13th’ is by far the best and its images and story forever ingrained in my brain.

Today’s Thoughts: “You’re doomed! You’re all doomed!”

Some might say that ‘Friday the 13th’ is the perfect Mother’s Day movie. But for me, it was the perfect Father’s Day movie. I sat down with my husband to watch this classic horror movie early this morning with a cup of coffee and a tinge of glee. After about fifteen minutes and a story about how he saw the film in the theater after getting high with friends, my husband left. That is a typical movie watching experience in my house and does not reflect the movie at all. The rest of the film was just me and my coffee.

The movie is totally dated, but how could it be being produced in 1980. But in all of its late 1970’s and early 1980’s glory, it is still a fantastic slasher horror film. It is cheesy and fun and I loved revisiting Camp Crystal Lake. I love the aesthetic of the movie. Its locale, dark shots, dramatic music and over-the-top killings make it a perfect popcorn flick.

The movie definitely takes a lot of ideas from John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ and tries to enhance on them. For the most part, it succeeds. The jump scares (although Jason’s reveal is more a steal from ‘Carrie’), dead body reveals and music all work to enhance the overall creepiness of the film.

The cast is actually pretty decent. Adrienne King as Alice carries the film nicely and does her best “heroine in distress,” although she is no Jamie Lee Curtis. The rest of the ensemble does just fine as the horny delinquents trapped at camp. And it’s always nice to see Kevin Bacon in a movie. It’s especially nice to see his naked butt and a very close-up shot of him in a speedo with what looks like a semi-erection. (Nice bacon, Mr. Bacon.)

‘Friday the 13th’ is a classic film, regardless of how it was originally reviewed by critics. There are so many iconic moments in and about the film, it is hard to argue otherwise. Granted, if you are not a fan of the genre, it is probably not a film you will like. However, to the horror aficionado it has become a film that all others will be judged and held up against.

“Kill, kill, kill, ma, ma, ma.”

Ways to Watch: Amazon Prime, YouTube, HBO Max, Google Play, Hulu, Sling TV, Vudu, iTunes, DVD Availability.

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