Friday The 13th DVD

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No matter how many sequels they've made or how big a hit it was in 1980, it's difficult to view the first Friday the 13th as anything but a quickie designed to cram in as many elements from horror movies that had been hits in the late 1970s--most obviously, Halloween and Carrie--while adding as little as possible to the formula. Director Sean S Cunningham has an archetypal plot at his disposal as a group of attractive, shallow teenagers out in the woods to reopen a once-cursed summer camp are murdered in manners designed to show off Tom Savini's gore effects. Kevin... Bacon, killed early (arrow through the throat), is the only player who went on to have a career, and he hardly stands out from the strip-Monopoly-playing, goon-acting meat-on-the-hoof teens who fall prey to the mostly unseen murderer. That it's not a total write-off is down to a few neatly edited bits of classical suspense and, two decades on, a simmering nostalgia for a world of bouffant-haired bubbleheads in short shorts (and that's just the guys) observed by edgy subjective camera as the music hisses "kill kill kill". On the DVD: Friday the 13th may be the least worthy of all horror "classics", but it's still nice to have an edition that (unlike earlier video releases) offers a 16x9-enhanced 1.85:1 restored image and a healthy dose of extras. The hard-sell trailer gives away most of the big scares, and so should be sampled after the film. The making of the movie is covered by a 20-minute "Return to Crystal Lake" featurette and a commentary track with input from many of the creatives (Cunningham, composer Harry Manfredini, stars Adrienne King and Betsy Palmer, writer Victor Miller). Some anecdotes get repeated, but there's a lot of solid background material. --Kim Newman [show more]

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Released
29 September 2003
Directors
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Format
DVD 
Publisher
Warner Home Video 
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Runtime
91 minutes 
Features
PAL 
Barcode
7321900111720 
  • Average Rating for Friday The 13th [1980] - 3 out of 5


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  • Friday The 13th [1980]
    Michelle Moore

    Before Jason returned from the dead to wreck havoc on Camp Crystal Lake, another individual set their sights on punishing everyone there for an incident many years ago. Back in the 1980s a small budget could do wonders with the right director. You get a fairly unknown cast, a creepy killer, good setting and a decent plot and you"re set to film. On this film however, there is something that doesn"t make you so much jump with a scare, but with disappointment.

    Friday the 13th is not one of the most enjoyable films, but a good watch never the less. The plot has all the elements of your average horror flick, but there is one component that must be praised. In many horror films past and present, you get a sense of who the killer is even before you reach the middle of the flick. With this one however, the identity of the killer is hidden throughout the film, so you are unaware until the very end who is causing the killings. If you haven"t seen this film previously, let me inform you now, where all of the films in the Friday the 13th franchises feature Jason Voorhees as the killer, in this one he is only the motivation behind the killings.

    The general look of the film is quite dull for much of the time. There are campers walking around doing nothing, and the films pace begins to drag on a little, and we become bored to death. When the killings begin and the film actually becomes more interesting, it is the gore and violence factor that cause some problems. Gore and blood in a horror film is expected, by the violence and manner of killings are very disturbing, and defiantly not for the light hearted.

    Suspense is a must in a horror flick. Unfortunately the atmosphere and scenery, which are at times a little creepy with the huts and woods, cannot be sustained. During the final scene between the killer and the heroine, there is no tension, and all surprises are predictable. Some of the scenes Friday the 13th are of a sexual nature, which differs from other horror films; there is kissing scenes, drug references and a game of strip poker. The direction therefore isn"t as good as it could have been. There seems to a "this is an 18 so let"s put as many disturbing and indecent images as possible" motive behind the scenes.

    If your purpose for watching a horror film is to be scared and get a few jumps, then maybe this isn"t the flick to watch. But if you want to watch one of the classics that took part in the slasher craze, then give it a shot, but don"t expect too much form it.

  • Friday The 13th [1980]
    TOM

    This film was said to inspire films such as the Halloween series and this can be seen straight from the begginning. Friday the 13th is set at Crystal Lake camp in America where a young boy named jason Vorhees drowned in the lake. Years later the camp is re-opened and the new camp leaders arrive. A series of shocking events start to occur. Will the Leaders survive. Who will survive. If like horror films then friday 13th is for you. Watch this.

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A group of fun-loving teenagers take jobs at a recently re-opened summer camp, unaware of the circumstances that had led to its closure: the drowning of a young boy named Jason and subsequent murder of two counsellors over twenty years before. No sooner has the camp re-opened for business than the killing begins again, as the teens are picked off one by one. Followed by seven sequels.

Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. No matter how many sequels they've made or how big a hit it was in 1980, it's difficult to view the first Friday the 13th as anything but a quickie designed to cram in as many elements from horror movies that had been hits in the late 1970s--most obviously, Halloween and Carrie--while adding as little as possible to the formula. Director Sean S Cunningham has an archetypal plot at his disposal as a group of attractive, shallow teenagers out in the woods to reopen a once-cursed summer camp are murdered in manners designed to show off Tom Savini's gore effects. Kevin Bacon, killed early (arrow through the throat), is the only player who went on to have a career, and he hardly stands out from the strip-Monopoly-playing, goon-acting meat-on-the-hoof teens who fall prey to the mostly unseen murderer. That it's not a total write-off is down to a few neatly edited bits of classical suspense and, two decades on, a simmering nostalgia for a world of bouffant-haired bubbleheads in short shorts (and that's just the guys) observed by edgy subjective camera as the music hisses "kill kill kill".

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