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Title:   Friday the 13th
Director:   Sean S. Cunningham
Year:   1980
Genre:   Slasher
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   11.07.15

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Date Viewed Venue Note
11.07.15NetflixThis Screening is part of event: DVRfest 2015
Being a child of the 80s I grew up with the ridiculous sequels of all the slasher films. I feel like my first Nightmare on Elm Street was part 2 or 3 and my first Friday the 13th was part 4. I've gone back on most long series like these and caught up but for whatever reason I never saw Friday the 13th part 2. Well I figure it's finally time to fill in that gap and I threw the first film on the queue because I can't actually remember watching it.

Usually when people watch this one I think they go on and watch the next 10. In my case i'm just seeing the first two tonight. I found a few interesting things with this. One is how much it owes to Psycho. Not just the mom thing but also the score. In addition to the ki-ki-ki ha-ha-ha thing but there are stabby strings through most of the horror here. It's pretty crazy to think that this was just 20 years after Psycho! 20 years after this we had...what, The Ring?

This one is also way more atmospheric than I remember. Lots of shots of the woods just hanging out being woods. It's actually surprisingly effective. I feel like the final shock scene and Kevin Bacon with the arrow through the throat is all that anyone ever sees or remembers from this movie these days but actually the first half is pretty quiet and understated.

Otherwise, yeah this pretty closely matches Bava's Bay of Blood. It's just kids dying in the woods. Still, it was pretty good and, like all films with too many sequels, a far cry from where the franchise wound up.
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