Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th (1980)

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… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: May 9, 1980
DVD Release Date: October 19, 1999
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ron Pennington
Hollywood Reporter

It's blatant exploitation of the lowest order.

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Joseph Litsch
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The whole film is one of the best arguments for resuming movie censorship to come along in years.

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Rob Gonsalves

It hasn't aged well; its nonstyle renders it pretty sedate these days.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

For all its shoddiness, the film manages, just barely, to achieve its ignoble goals -- it delivers what it promises.

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Simon Miraudo

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

Within the dead-teenie realm it achieves a certain classicism

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Time Out

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.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Beware of this infamous, sadistic slasher film.

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Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Has there ever been a more unimaginative exercise in big-screen terror?

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
When you think that this is the first movie of the infamous long series, it is hard to believe that the one that started it all is so awful and sluggish, and… More
Josh Lewis
Doesn't deserve classic status among top shelf horror greats like "Halloween" and " A Nightmare on Elm Street", but it certainly… More
Dead Angel
The killer surprised me a little bit. Expected someone else rather than...(see for yourself <a href='' title='smiley… More
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Friday the 13th is completely undeserving of the reputation it has held on to for the past 30 years next to Wes Craven's masterpiece Nightmare on Elm… More
Jason Calvin
This is the film that launched the most successful Horror franchise in the history of the United States. It spawned 9 sequels, a crossover with Freddy Krueger,… More
Tim Salmons
What began as a rip-off of both Halloween and Twitch of the Death Nerve served as a film series that, in many ways, is more popular and loved than either of the… More