Updated: Nov 12, 2019
Nominee #18 - Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th (1980) is one of the most popular American slasher films out there. Directed by Sean S. Cunningham and written by Victor Miller, the film centers around a group of camp counselors who are murdered while they attempt to re-open an abandoned summer camp. The film features Betsy Palmer, Harry Crosby, Adrienne King, Mark Nelson, Laurie Bartram, Kevin Bacon, Robbi Morgan, and Jeannine Taylor.
At Camp Crystal Lake, teenage camp counselors Claudette and Barry sneak into a storage cabin for a private moment, but they’re murdered by an unseen man. 21 years later, Camp Crystal Lake is meant to be reopened. Counselor Annie is giving a facelift to the camp, and the truck driver warns her about the camp’s past once he finds out where she’s going. When she’s dropped off, she hitches a ride from an unseen man who ends up chasing her into the woods and killing her.
At the camp, counselors Ned, Jack, Bill, Marcie, Brenda and Alice, as well as the owner Steve, are working to refurbish the facilities and the cabins. As a storm approaches, Steve leaves the campground to look for supplies. In the meantime, Ned sees someone walk into a cabin and follows him but ends up dead. Marcie and Jack are in one of the cabins and when she leaves to the bathroom, Jack is murdered. Then, the killer gets her too. When Steve returns, he recognizes the killer, but he’s murdered as well.
It went on to become one of the top 10 classic slasher films and the very name Friday the 13th has become truly iconic!
Worried about their friends being gone, Alice and Bill go out to investigate and they find an axe on Brenda’s bed, the phones disconnected, and the cars rendered inoperable. Then the power goes out, and Bill goes to check the generator. When Alice looks for him, she finds him pinned with arrows to the generator room’s door. She runs and she sees a vehicle pull up. Thinking it’s Steve, she rushes towards it, only to be greeted by Mrs. Voorhees, who says she’s a friend of Steve’s.
Later, Mrs. Voorhees reveals that it was her son, Jason, who drowned 21 years ago, and she blames the counselors who were negligent instead of watching him. We soon discover that she is the killer. She tries to murder Alice but eventually Alice gains the advantage and decapitates Mrs. Voorhees. Exhausted, Alice collapses in a canoe and it floats onto Crystal Lake. As she wakes up, Jason’s decomposing body attacks her, and then she wakes up in the hospital. When she asks about Jason, the police officer says there’s no sign of the body, to which she responds with a sense of finality and doom, “Then he’s still here.”
The film was a major box office success and even though the film was praised for its cinematography and performances, many people questioned the graphic violence. It went on to become one of the top 10 classic slasher films and the very name Friday the 13th has become truly iconic!