Friday the 13th (1980)

1980 | 95 minutes | Rated R

It’s strange that Friday the 13th enjoys an elevated standing in genre canon and pop culture in general; especially when you consider how brazenly cheap and soulless it began life in 1980, and how frequently sub-par (even compared to its slasher brethren) its sequels are. Friday the 13th is like peeking into a universe where Pro Keds consistently outsold Nike. Not to say Pro Keds can’t be comfy shoes, or that there aren’t brief and simple charms to be found in each Friday chapter (the first is one of the few that attempts engaging any part of your brain that’s not reptilian), but when people complain about naked pandering, cheap cash-ins, and artless hackery? That’s Friday the 13th all over. You’re not here for the moviemaking, and you’re damn sure not here for shit like story or characterization. You’re here to watch the visceral transformation of children into corpses. That’s it.

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Film Credits
Director
Sean Cunningham
Cast
Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Harry Crosby, Laurie Bartram, Mark Nelson, Jeannine Taylor, Robbi Morgan, Kevin Bacon