“Friday the 13th” is one of the longest running horror movie franchises in history. Check out the trailer for the original that started it all and come back each week as Cory and Nathan discuss each film in the entire franchise.

Friday the 13th (1980):

In the summer of 1958 at Camp Crystal Lake, two counselors named Barry and Claudette sneak away from a campfire and into a storage barn. They prepare to have sex before an unseen assailant enters and murders them.

Years later, in 1979, newly hired counselor Annie Phillips asks for directions to the reopened Camp Crystal Lake. A friendly truck driver named Enos agrees to drive Annie halfway, while an elderly man, Crazy Ralph, warns her against going, believing the camp has a “death curse”. During the drive, Enos tells Annie about a young boy that drowned at Crystal Lake in 1957 and about the two murders the following year. After Enos drops her off, Annie hitches another ride from an unseen assailant, who chases her into the woods and slashes her throat.

At the camp, counselors Ned, Jack, Bill, Marcie, Brenda, and Alice, along with the owner Steve Christy, refurbish the cabins and facilities. As a thunderstorm approaches, Steve leaves the campground to stock supplies. Soon after, the killer arrives at the camp and kills Ned off-screen. As Jack and Marcie have sex in one of the cabin’s bunk beds, they are unaware of Ned’s body directly above them, his throat slit. Soon after, Jack is killed when his throat is pierced by an arrow from beneath the bed, and the killer murders Marcie by slamming an axe into her face. Brenda hears a child’s voice calling for help and ventures outside her cabin to the archery range, only for the range lights to turn on as she is attacked off-screen. Eventually, Steve returns to the camp and the killer shines a flashlight at him; he appears to recognize the killer before he is killed.

Alice and Bill are worried by their friends’ disappearances, and they leave the main cabin to investigate, only to discover a bloody axe in Brenda’s bed, the phones disconnected and the cars inoperable. When the power goes out, Bill goes to check on the generator and is killed off-screen. Alice then heads out to look for him. Upon finding Bill’s body impaled with arrows to the generator room’s door, she flees back to the main cabin to hide only to be traumatized further when Brenda’s body is thrown through the window.

Alice sees a vehicle pull up; thinking it is Steve, she rushes outside. Instead, she is greeted by a middle-aged woman named Pamela Voorhees, who says she is an old friend of Steve’s. As Alice brings her inside, Pamela reveals that her son Jason was the boy who drowned in 1957; she blames his death on the counselors who were supposed to be watching him but instead were having sex, not paying attention to Jason’s drowning. Revealing herself as the killer, she turns violent and rushes toward Alice with a bowie knife. A chase ensues, in which Pamela attempts to kill Alice. Alice finds Annie’s body inside Pamela’s car and Steve’s body hanging from the roof. Following a confrontation in which Pamela is knocked out, Alice escapes to the shore. Just as she begins to relax, Pamela finds her and attempts to kill her again. During the final struggle, Alice decapitates her with a machete. Afterward, a traumatized Alice boards and falls asleep inside a canoe, which floats out on Crystal Lake.

Just as Alice awakens and sees police arriving, Jason’s decomposing body suddenly emerges and drags her underwater. She then awakens in a hospital, where a police officer and medical staff tend to her. When she asks about Jason, the officer says that there was no sign of any boy; Alice says, “He’s still there”, as the lake is shown at peace.


A solid start to the series. Although this movie only vaguely introduces the Jason character (spoiler, he’s the main villain of the franchise), it is a suspenseful “who-done-it” that will keep you guessing.

We really thank the fan sites out there for everything they do. They really help us with our research! Check out the Friday the 13th Wiki which have pieced together the timeline and the Horror Wiki for the list of kills! Fun for everyone!

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