Friday the 13th
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One of the longest-running horror film series began with this gory shocker from director Sean S. Cunningham, who had previously produced Wes Craven's classic Last House on the Left. Entrepreneur Steve Christie (Peter Brouwer) re-opens Camp Crystal Lake after many years during which it has been cursed by murders and bad luck. The young and nubile counselors all begin to die extremely bloody deaths at the hands of an unseen killer during a rainstorm which isolates the camp. A woman is chopped in the face with an axe, another has her throat sliced in amazingly gruesome fashion, a male… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's blatant exploitation of the lowest order."
‑ , Hollywood Reporter
"The whole film is one of the best arguments for resuming movie censorship to come along in years."
‑ Joseph Litsch, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"It hasn't aged well; its nonstyle renders it pretty sedate these days."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"What makes the movie work is that the slasher genre hadn't been set in stone yet, and some choices that director Sean S. Cunningham makes in the film that work against type."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Whether you want to credit or blame Friday the 13th for its role in influencing modern cineplex cinema is a matter of taste. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"For all its shoddiness, the film manages, just barely, to achieve its ignoble goals -- it delivers what it promises."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It depicts what is surely the first recorded instance of the game "Strip Monopoly" and would later inspire Wet Hot American Summer, and we should all be grateful for that."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Within the dead-teenie realm it achieves a certain classicism"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"a campfire boogeyman story designed to do little more than build tension and deliver a few well-timed shocks, which it does with precision and even a bit of artistry"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"...a woefully bad slasher flick, complete with an inept cast (including Kevin Bacon in uncomfortably tight shorts); laborious pacing; and an interminable catfight climax."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"A tame, poorly plotted serving of schlock, less horrific for its ketchup-smeared murders than for the bare-faced fashion in which it tries and fails to rip off Carpenter's Halloween in matters of style and construction."
‑ , Time Out
"Beware of this infamous, sadistic slasher film."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"Has there ever been a more unimaginative exercise in big-screen terror?"
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"How do you sum up a movie that's really quite awful yet helped define a filmmaking era?"
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"Friday the 13th set the tone for the modern slasher flick. So you know which film to blame for all those lousy horror films."
‑ Christian Toto, What Would Toto Watch?
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