friday the 13th movie review - Aussieboyreviews


For the films we see these days, it’s not anywhere near terrifying. Friday the 13th is a violent 80s horror movie featuring iconic killer Jason Voorhees. It’s packed with sex and horror violence.


Trying to reopen Camp Crystal Lake, a group of counsellors are terrorised and murdered one by a killer with a grim past.

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Movie details

Director: Sean S. Cunningham
Cast: Adrienne King, Betsy Palmer, Harry Crosby, Laurie Bartram, Mark Nelson, Jeannine Taylor, Kevin Bacon, Robbi Morgan
Writer: Victor Miller
Release Date (Australia): 12 June 1980
Runtime: 95 minutes/1h 35m
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (MA15+)

The film contains several scenes that feature depictions of murder and sense of threat, as well as verbal and visual references to a child drowning in a lake.

Violence (R18+)

The film features depictions of throat slittings and decapitations, as well as scenes in which people are stabbed and attacked with an axe, accompanied by blood spurting and blood detail.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film contains infrequent use of the words “s**t”, “goddamn”, “damn” and “hell”.

Drug Use (PG)

The film contains brief scenes of marijuana smoking and verbal drug references to “being high”.

Nudity (M)

The film contains brief sexualised female breasts nudity.

Sex (M)

The film contains a scene in which a man and woman are depicted having sex.

mpaa rating

R (for an unknown reasoning)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Most of the old “classic” Friday the 13th’s praise comes out of it being one of the earlier original slashers, despite how stupid it may be, but average characters making dumb decisions IS stupid! It seems like everyone hates the most recent horror movies for the absurdity of the terrible screenwriting, but the old movies did it first which makes it enjoyable. It’s reasonable, but this low-budget horror flick featuring the iconic Jason Voorhees is just as average and sometimes even more forgettable than today’s bad films.

Friday the 13th so obviously and logically deserves some points for the fact that it definitely is a solid teen slasher, with amazing horror violence and blood effects for the 80s. Unfortunately, it gets to kill people because of their stupid actions. One example is when one character has multiple directions to escape, but corners herself with a tree whilst making dumb hand signals to the killer to not hurt her. That’s why most of the deaths feel like they’re being asked for and the characters are completely careless about their LIVES.

Other than the fact that the characters are just dumb, the cast stages them in a way that makes them unlikeable and you can’t take them or the story seriously. The concept will either appeal you or it won’t; an unseen killer stalks and kills camp counsellors one by one. The technique of camerawork used in these scenes are mostly ineffective and don’t work out. Overall, Friday the 13th is just basic slasher entertainment for non-serious viewers.

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