Friday the 13th (1980)

Years after two camp counselors were murdered while sneaking off for some “alone time,” Camp Crystal Lake has been taken over by a new young group of counselors.

From the start everything looks to be going as planned, and the beautiful twenty-somethings seem to be enjoying their work, and each other with very little problems.

What they don’t know is they are being watched by a mysterious person, stalking their every move.

Terror strikes when one by one the counselors slowly get picked off by a faceless murderer. Can they survive long enough to escape and make it back to town to get help?

Will they be able to put a stop to the rampage, or are their fates sealed?

Friday the 13th has a pretty straightforward plot line. An unknown assailant stalks and picks off a group of sexy young counselors, one of which is Kevin Bacon. We never see who the mystery murderer is until very late in the movie. As far as blood and gore goes, it feels rather mild compared to some of the brutal scenes that contemporary horror will show. The hardest part about watching the movie is knowing that the kids really didn’t do anything wrong, except for maybe committing some of the “Horror Movie sins” that are outlined in the movie “Scream,” examples are the sex, drugs and rock and roll the kids in this movie unabashedly enjoy.

It is an enjoyable movie nonetheless if you like slashers. There are a few kills that are creative or clever, as they use things that are found around the camp and not just the hatchet seen on the cover and movie poster. The killer’s motivation makes some sense, and you can see the catalyst that lead to the killing spree, even if it seems like the end result may be a little over the top to the original catalyst.