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
Kill or be killed
Kill or be killed

FRIDAY THE 13TH part VI: JASON LIVES (aka JASON LIVES: FRIDAY THE 13TH part VI) (18)

D: Tom McLoughlin

Paramount/Terror, Inc. (Don Behrns)

US 🇺🇸 1986

87 mins


Horror


W: Tom McLoughlin [based on characters created by Victor Miller]

DP: Jon Kranhouse

Ed: Bruce Green

Mus: Harry Manfredini


Thom Matthews (Tommy Jarvis), Jennifer Cooke (Megan Garris), David Kagen (Sheriff Mike Garris), Kerry Noonan (Paula Mott), C.J. Graham / Dan Bradley (Jason Voorhees)


More of the same, but at least this one tries to be fun. 

Once again, Jason Voorhees terrorises the teenagers at Camp Crystal Lake when he is awoken from his grave by the survivor of the previous movie.

Of course, the movie is totally ridiculous as it goes through the usual routine of an unstoppable maniac on his killing spree, but this sequel does so in a way that is so self-aware that it almost breaks the fourth wall (the meta style actually provided Kevin Williamson with some inspiration for writing the screenplay for Scream).

Personally, I think this is actually the best of the Friday the 13th movies, but that really isn't saying much.

4/10


Jason Lives: Friday the 13th part VI
Jason Lives: Friday the 13th part VI
On Friday the 13th, Jason is back. But this time someone's waiting
On Friday the 13th, Jason is back. But this time someone's waiting

FRIDAY THE 13TH part VII: THE NEW BLOOD (18)

D: John Carl Buechler

Paramount/Terror, Inc. (Iain Paterson)

US 🇺🇸 1988

88 mins


Horror


W: Manuel Fidello & Daryl Haney [based on characters created by Victor Miller]

DP: Paul Elliott

Ed: Maureen O'Connell, Martin Jay Sadoff & Barry Zetlin

Mus: Harry Manfredini & Fred Mollin



Lar Park Lincoln (Tina Shephard), Kevin Blair (Nicholas Rogers), Susan Blu (Amanda Shephard), Terry Kiser (Dr. Crews), Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees)


Following a sequel (Jason Lives - part VI) that I thought was the best of the entire franchise (not saying much), the Friday the 13th movies fell off a cliff with the 7th movie and continued to get sillier and sillier.

This was the first film to star Kane Hodder as Jason Voorhees and he'd go on to portray the serial-killing maniac a further four times. And while he brings an ominous, foreboding presence to the mysterious character, that's the only positive I can say about this movie.

It's more of the same, with the madman once again resurrected to go on a killing spree around Crystal Lake, the only difference here is that one of the campers has telekinetic abilities to defend herself, turning this into a Jason vs Carrie scenario.

You'll never watch films like this for solid acting or an intelligent screenplay, but you wouldn't expect either to be so bad either.

Grotty rubbish.

3/10


Friday the 13th part VII: The New Blood
Friday the 13th part VII: The New Blood
New York has a new problem
New York has a new problem

FRIDAY THE 13TH part VIII: JASON TAKES MANHATTAN (18)

D: Rob Hedden

Paramount (Randy Cheveldave)

US 🇺🇸 1989

100 mins


Horror


W: Rob Hedden

DP: Bryan England

Ed: Steve Mirkovich

Mus: Fred Mollin


Jensen Daggett (Rennie), Scott Reeves (Sean), Barbara Bingham (Colleen), Peter Mark Richman (Charles), Martin Cummins (Wayne), Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees)


You can take Jason out of Camp Crystal Lake, but you can't take Camp Crystal Lake out of Jason.

The title is actually a bit of a bait-and-switch, since the vast majority of the film takes place on a boat taking a group of gormless victims-to-be from the campsite to the shores of New York City, where it's more of the same and the masked serial killer takes out his prey one-by-one.

The finale on the streets and subways of New York brings a refreshing chance to the film series, but it still doesn't save the film from being more-of-the-same, derivative slasher stuff.

Personally, I find it astounding that the 1980's saw eight Friday the 13th movies released over the course of the decade, especially since the vast majority are below average movies... and if you think Jason will retire throughout the 90's, think again! And that's the scariest part... that every last penny of profitability hasn't been squeezed out of this franchise.

4/10


Friday the 13th part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
Friday the 13th part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan