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Friday the 13th (1980)

This first instalment (in a seemingly never-ending series) was actually a bit of a clunker. But the millions of scared teens and adults alike that wore their VHS copies thin would beg to differ . . .

A group of camp counsellors, led by Steve Christy (Peter Brouwer), prepare for the grand re-opening of Camp Crystal Lake – a New Jersey summer camp – even over the objections of locals like Crazy Ralph (Walt Gorney).

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These objections stem from Camp Crystal Lake’s colourful history.

In 1957, camp counsellors failed to pay attention when a young boy, Jason (Ari Lehman) drowned in the lake. Soon afterwards, two counsellors were murdered.

Then, some years later, the water in Crystal Lake inexplicably ““went bad”, scuttling an attempt to reopen the camp.

But Steve is committed to the cause, and with the help of a sensitive artist and fellow counsellor, Alice (Adrienne King) gathers the troops for the big day of the camp’s re-opening.

In short order, however, the curse of ‘Camp Blood’ resumes as a secret assailant begins killing the camp’s new occupants. The crisis comes to a head during a powerful thunderstorm, and the murderer is revealed as someone who was very close to young Jason.

Finally, a spent Alice is alone in a rowing boat in the middle of Camp Crystal Lake when a deformed Jason leaps out of the water to attack her.

Everything about this finale is pitch-perfect, from the placid, idyllic look of the lake, to the tranquil, misleading music, to the sudden attack itself.

Mrs Voorhees
Betsy Palmer
Alice
Adrienne King
Bill
Harry Crosby
Brenda
Laurie Bartram
Ned
Mark Nelson
Marcie
Jeannine Taylor
Annie
Robbi Morgan
Jack
Kevin Bacon
Steve Christy
Peter Brouwer
Sgt. Tierney
Ronn Carroll
Officer Dorf
Ron Millkie
Crazy Ralph
Walt Gorney
Barry
Willie Adams
Claudette
Debra S. Hayes
Trudy
Dorothy Kobs
Sandy
Sally Anne Golden
Doctor
Ken L. Parker
Jason
Ari Lehman

Director
Sean S Cunningham

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