Friday the 13th (1980)

Movie about teenagers who are killed one by one as a campground is about to open years after a child drowned there.

This was another film I watched for a film module. To be honest, I had never really watched it properly. More’s the pity, even though I knew of its reputation and seeing as its spawned so many sequels then surely it must be worth something.

The camera from the killer’s point of view was very chilling and put to good use. The murders were all very grisly but I don’t think I’ve seen the film enough times to see it as funny. I didn’t know who the murderer was and it was genuinely very chilling when it was revealed. The ‘cha-cha-cha-cha’ of the soundtrack added to the uneasy, creepy feeling surrounding the movie.

There are some people who might argue that it hasn’t aged very well, but is has certainly given plenty of tropes to the rest of cinema so it can have some fun. While this film isn’t fantastic, its certainly a hallmark in horror at a point where horror shifted from the psychological to the physical. The ending itself was the cherry on top of the big horror cake and its one of those moments where the trope of ‘it was all a dream’ is the creepiest of all.

MY RATING: *** / *****

 

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