Friday the 13th
release year: 1980
viewing setting: home DVD, 2/12/09
synopsis: A murderer stalks and kills counselors at a summer camp.
impressions: I've seen this movie several times before, and of course all the sequels, but a refresher seemed in order the night before the 2009 remake, so here we are. This movie seems cliche now, but what people need to remember is that it and others from its time actually _created_ those cliches. The unknown killer...the victims who do nothing to protect/save themselves...people wandering around unsuspecting as the body count piles up...none of this stuff happened before the late 1970s. In a sense, this is almost a murder mystery, because you don't know who the killer is, and there are several potential suspects. The suspense is still top-notch, and the gore was fairly graphic (especially for its time.)
something this movie has that no other movie has: an arrow through the throat from behind, where the point comes out right below the adam's apple
body count: 10
acting: Adrienne King is the main girl. Peter Brouwer is a slightly-weird camp owner. Kevin Bacon has an early role as a counselor.
final word: Still a classic.
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