Friday the 13th (1980)


Movie Review

Directed by: Sean S. Cunningham

Starring: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Harry Crosby, and Kevin Bacon

One summer, a boy named Jason Voorhees drowns at Camp Crystal Lake when his counselors are too busy having sex to notice him struggling in the lake.  In 1957, two counselors are murdered at the same camp while running off to have sex.  The camp was soon closed after that.  In the present, Steve Christy (Peter Brower) reopens the camp to children.  They have a problem on hand though.  A mysterious murderer is lurking the grounds killing the teen counselors who just want to have sex.  As it turns out, Jason’s mom Pamela Voorhees (Betsy Palmer) is still holding a grudge for her son’s death years ago.

The death of Jason Voorhees gave us two horror icons, the murderous undead Jason and his hateful and vindictive mom.  Though we don't get much of Jason in this particular film, his mom's reign of terror on Camp Crystal Lake suffices.  Betsy Palmer's frightful portrayal of Pamela Voorhees made her a legend in the horror industry.  How often do you see old women gutting horny teens like fish for dinner?   While Friday the 13th may have contributed to the fact that gratuitous sex is present in slasher films today, Betsy Palmer is the cure for the sex-craved teenager.  Friday the 13th made slasher films fun.



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