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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Day 15: "You see, Jason was my son, and today is his birthday"

Day 15 of the 31 Days of Halloween countdown

Friday the 13th (1980):

Welcome to Camp Crystal Lake, NJ. A lake where the kids have fun under the sun and the counselors have fun under the sheets. BUT as the old saying goes, it's all fun and games until someone loses a son due to negligent life guards; and then goes on a killing spree...or something like that.

Anyway, Friday the 13th is pretty much the king of the slasher flicks from the 80's (following the success of Halloween). This era became saturated with teen scream flick after teen scream flick because of this movie. Boasting New Jersey's first horror movie killer, elements from this flick have influenced many of the greats that followed it. Tom Savini (special effects God) created some of the best horror deaths to date for it and they've been mimicked many times over. You probably won't find this flick scary now, but in its hay day it was premier. AND, as if that isn't enough, Kevin Bacon is in it. So if you ever play that game, you have another movie in your arsenal...then again, there isn't anyone else really noteworthy in it with him except maybe Betsy Palmer so it probably won't help.

I haven't seen the remake, but I here good things. No matter what, the original is a horror movie classic and if you are a true horror head then you will love it. I recommend watching this in conjunction with parts 2 and 3 to get the full experience and get properly acquainted with New Jersey's favorite son, Jason Vorhees.

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