Friday the 13th Review
By Christopher Null
Everyone knows Halloween was John Carpenter's baby. Ditto Wes Craven and A Nightmare on Elm Street. But here's a quick trivia question: Who directed Friday the 13th, which came out in the same era as these flicks and stands as the third leg of an unholy trinity of modern horror classics? Well, it was of course Sean S. Cunningham. The inimitable Sean S. Cunningham who has gone on to produce entries from all three series, including the upcoming Halloween 9.
The original Friday the 13th is pretty hopelessly '80s, with braless teen girls, feathered hair, and dudes (including Kevin Bacon, the only eventual star to come out of the film) with their shirts overly unbuttoned. Oh yeah, and a guy in a hockey mask is chopping them all to bits at Camp Crystal Lakes. Or is he??? It's a classic, for sure, just an awfully cheesy one.
Facts and Figures
In Theaters: Friday 9th May 1980
Box Office Worldwide: $91M
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Production compaines: New Line Cinema
Rotten Tomatoes: 58%
Fresh: 29 Rotten: 21
Cast & Crew
Director: Sean S. Cunningham
Producer: Sean S. Cunningham
Starring: Derek Mears as Jason Vorhees, Jared Padalecki as Clay, Danielle Panabaker as Jenna, Amanda Righetti as Whitney, Travis Van Winkle as Trent, Aaron Yoo as Chewie, Jonathan Sadowski as Wade, Julianna Guill as Bree, Ben Feldman as Richie, Arlen Escarpeta as Lawrence, Ryan Hansen as Nolan, Willa Ford as Chelsea, America Olivo as Amanda, Stephanie Rhodes as Camp Counselor, Nana Visitor as Pamela Voorhees