Camp counselors are being killed in brutal fashion as they attempt to reopen Camp Crystal Lake, which has been closed since a boy drowned there in the 1950’s. This film, of course, set off the Friday The 13th series, one of the most successful horror franchises of all time. The movie is pretty brutal and bloody for it’s time and the death scenes look fantastic, thanks largely to special effects master Tom Savini. The acting is actually pretty decent as well, which is impressive considering none of the actors in it, except, of course, Kevin Bacon, had much of a career. The story is okay and the dialogue is pretty good at times as well. Of course this film is iconic in the horror genre, leading to nine sequels (to date), a crossover movie with A Nightmare On Elm Street, a remake, and even a television series. Oddly, Jason, the killer we come to know in all the rest, is not the killer at all in this movie, and is only seen once throughout the movie—as a child.
The ending of this movie is also one of the most well known in horror history as well. I still love this movie today and consider it a must see for all horror fans.
On A Scale Of One To Ten: 9