Friday the 13th

A 24 hour nightmare of terror
A 24 hour nightmare of terror
FRIDAY THE 13TH (18)
D: Sean S. Cunningham
Georgetown (Sean S. Cunningham)
USA 🇺🇸 1980
95 mins
 
Horror
 
W: Victor Miller
DP: Barry Abrams
Ed: Bill Freda
Mus: Harry Manfredini
 
Adrienne King (Alice), Jeannine Taylor (Marcie), Harry Crosby (Bill), Kevin Bacon (Jack), Betsy Palmer (Pamela Voorhees)
 
*SPOILERS*
Cheaply produced spot-the-stiff slasher flick set a summer camp (Camp Crystal Lake), brimful with ketchup-splodged murders but very little tension, mostly because the characters have little to no sympathetic value.
An entire franchise was born from this sole film, despite not actually showing the villain who provided the menace in later sequels.
Clearly, the filmmakers hoped that they could make a successful rip-off of Halloween, Carrie, and various other horror films without anyone noticing.
I noticed.
4/10

Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th
The body count continues...
The body count continues...

FRIDAY THE 13TH part 2 (18)

D: Steve Miner

Georgetown (Steve Miner)

USA 🇺🇸 1981

87 mins


Horror


W: Ron Kurz & Phil Scuderi [based on characters created by Victor Miller]

DP: Peter Stein

Ed: Susan E. Cunningham 

Mus: Harry Manfredini


Amy Steel (Ginny), John Furey (Paul), Stu Charno (Ted), Lauren-Marie Taylor (Vickie), Adrienne King (Alice), Steve Daskawisz / Warrington Gillette (Jason Voorhees)


Although this was rushed into production and distribution to capitalise on the success of the first movie, the events take place five years after the events in the original movie, with the sole survivor being murderer and the rest being a virtual remake, although this time the killer is actually Jason Voorhees.

It's obvious that this was rushed into production, and the filmmakers got themselves into hot water by casting an underage teenage girl, meaning that an entire scene had to be subject to heavy cuts (even though the "double impalement death" does appear on the cover of some home video versions).

It should be worth noting that Jason's iconic horror mask doesn't make an appearance until the third movie.

4/10


Friday the 13th part 2
Friday the 13th part 2
A new dimension in terror...
A new dimension in terror...

FRIDAY THE 13TH part 3 (18)

D: Steve Miner

Paramount/Jason Inc. (Frank Mancuso, Jr.)

USA 🇺🇸 1982

95 mins


Horror


W: Martin Kitrosser & Carol Watson [based on characters created by Victor Miller]

DP: Gerald Feil

Ed: George Hively

Mus: Harry Manfredini


Dana Kimmell (Chris Higgins), Paul Kratka (Rick), Tracie Savage (Debbie), Jeffrey Rogers (Andy), Richard Brooker (Jason Voorhees)


Jason Voorhees survived his apparent death at the conclusion of the second movie and continues terrorising kids at Camp Crystal Lake, this time in 3-D. 

It isn't any more or less scary (or interesting) as the first two movies, but it is worth noting that this is the sequel which introduced Jason's iconic hockey mask (following it's effective use in Alone In The Dark (also 1982)). Two films too late in my opinion, and it's difficult to care about such stupid victims. More cash-ins followed, all getting progressively worse.

4/10


Friday the 13th part 3
Friday the 13th part 3

FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER (FRIDAY THE 13TH part IV) (18)

D: Joseph Zito

Paramount (Frank Mancuso, Jr.)

USA 🇺🇸 1984

91 mins


Horror


W: Barney Cohen

DP: João Fernandes

Ed: Joel Goodman & Daniel Loewenthal

Mus: Harry Manfredini



Corey Feldman (Tommy Jarvis), Kimberly Beck (Trish Jarvis), E. Erich Anderson (Rob Dier), Barbara Howard (Sara), Joan Freeman (Mrs. Jarvis), Ted White (uncredited - Jason Voorhees)


The fourth film in the Friday The 13th series picks up immediately after the previous film, where hockey masked serial killer escapes from the morgue and goes on another killing spree around Camp Crystal Lake.

Unfortunately, that's all the story there is as the film goes through a pathetic cycle of violent murder and gratuitous sex scenes until it churns out a ridiculously laughable ending.

The worst part is, this wasn't the final chapter. More sequels followed, starting with a fifth film just a year later, before Rigor Mortis had even set into Jason Voorhees' corpse.

3/10


Friday the 13th - The Final Chapter
Friday the 13th - The Final Chapter

FRIDAY THE 13TH: A NEW BEGINNING (FRIDAY THE 13TH part V) (18)

D: Danny Steinmann

Paramount/Georgetown/Terror, Inc. (Timothy Silver)

USA 🇺🇸 1985

92 mins 


Horror


W: Martin Kitrosser, David Cohen & Danny Steinmann

DP: Stephen L. Posey

Ed: Bruce Green

Mus: Harry Manfredini


John Shepherd (Tommy Jarvis), Melanie Kinnaman (Pam), Shavar Ross (Reggie), Richard Young (Dr. Matthew Letter), Tiffany Helm (Violet), Dick Wieand (Roy Burns)


The fifth film in the Friday The 13th series of slasher films, opening with a scene in which hockey-masked serial killer Jason Voorhees literally rises from the grave and promptly murders two teenagers.  However, it's all just the dream of Tommy Jarvis, who killed Jason in the previous film and is now in his mid-teenage years, still plagued by nightmares and living at a foster home on the edge of a trailer park with a group of other teens.

The rest of the film goes through the usual motions, as the cast are killed off one by one amidst gratuitous scenes of nudity and incidental characters being introduced merely to increase the body count.

The screenplay is as poor as you'd imagine for these types of films, but this shouldn't forgive the lacklustre direction, which is more interested in showing T&A than building suspense or tension... and if you can't figure out who the killer is in this one, then you really haven't been paying attention.

Jason would return just a year later to generate some more big bucks for Paramount.

3/10


Friday the 13th part V: A New Beginning
Friday the 13th part V: A New Beginning