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The movie was filmed at Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco in New Jersey. The camp is still in operation, and it has a wall of Friday the 13th (1980) memorabilia to honor that the movie was set there.
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Betsy Palmer said that if it were not for the fact that she was in desperate need of a new car, she would never have accepted the role of Pamela Voorhees. In fact, after she read the script, she called the movie "a piece of shit". Over the years, however, Palmer did warm up to the film, as it made her more famous than infamous, and made appearances at conventions and in documentaries to discuss it.
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The film made $39,754,601 on a budget of $550,000.
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While most of the cast and crew stayed at local hotels during filming, some of the most dedicated, including Tom Savini and Taso N. Stavrakis, stayed at the actual camp site. They had Savini's Betamax VCR and only a couple of movies, such as Barbarella (1968) and Marathon Man (1976), on videotape to keep themselves entertained so each night they would watch one. To this day Savini says he can recite those movies by heart.
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Because the camp was closed during filming, and situated in the deep New Jersey woods, the cast and crew didn't see much outside interference, but it turned out they had a very famous neighbor: rock star Lou Reed, who owned a farm nearby. "We got to watch Lou Reed play for free, right in front of us, while we were making the film," Soundman Richard Murphy said. "He came by the set, and we hung around with each other, and he was just a really great guy."
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Tom Savini was one of the first crew members on board for the film because the producers idolized his special make-up effects in Dawn of the Dead (1978).
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Most of the location and set were already there. The crew only had to build the bathroom set.
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Betsy Palmer tells fans she has no idea who this character in the hockey mask is since her son Jason drowned in 1957.
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Composer Henry Manfredini came up with the now classic "ki ki ki ma ma ma" vocals attached to the score. It's his voice as well.
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Victor Miller admitted that he was purposely riding the success of John Carpenter's Halloween (1978).
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(at around 19 mins) Special effects supervisor Tom Savini performed the arrow shot that narrowly missed Brenda when she was setting up the archery target.
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Harry Crosby, who played Bill in this movie, is the son of Bing Crosby.
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It was the 18th highest grossing film that year, facing stiff horror film competition from such high-profile releases as The Shining (1980), Dressed to Kill (1980), The Fog (1980), and Prom Night (1980).
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The MPAA told the producers of Friday of 13th to scale back on the gore for the sequel, since they regretted the amount of gore that had gotten through in the original (and the subsequent critical backlash). This is why Part 2 is much less gory than Part 1.
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This was inspired by both Halloween, a blockbuster slasher movie, and Meatballs, a teen sex comedy set in a summer camp, which had come out within a year and a half before and were both big hits, focusing on the youth market.
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Sean S. Cunningham has been quoted as saying that the type of actors that he sought for the film were "good-looking kids who you might see in a Pepsi commercial."
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Willie Adams was a production assistant for the film. Although he spent most his time working behind the camera, he played the male counselor in the 1958 scene, and holds the unique distinction of being the first murder victim in a Friday the 13th film.
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While the Halloween movies have lots of music, the Friday the 13th movies have very little music. In fact, there was a decision made by Harry Manfredini to only have music in the movie when the killer was present. That's why there are only brief quick moments of music in the beginning, but the climax is wall to wall music.
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To get their roles the younger actresses had to read the monologue about the nightmare and the rain turning to blood.
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Sean S. Cunningham was so sure the title Friday the 13th would sell the movie alone he took out a full page Variety ad over the Fourth of July Weekend of 1979. It worked, as the financiers behind Together (1971) and The Last House on the Left (1972) contacted him, and offered to cover the entire cost of the proposed 500,000 dollar budget. Cunningham initially turned them down, as the actual long term part of the deal was going to royally screw him, but nobody else was offering to put up the entire budget like that. He changed his mind the next morning.
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Jason is not mentioned by name until 1 hour and 16 minutes into the film.
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This was Betsy Palmer's first film since The Last Angry Man (1959).
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Harry Crosby was attempting to make a go of it as an actor without leveraging any connections available to him as the son of Bing Crosby. The producers have been accused of casting Harry to further mimic Halloween (1978), which cast the daughter Jamie Lee Curtis of well-known actors Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis as its female lead. Today, they claim that the prospect of having Crosby's son as the ostensible male lead was something they only later realized could be used in marketing down the road.
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Filming lasted 28 days.
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The scene with the snake was not in the script, and was an idea from Tom Savini after an experience in his own cabin during filming. The snake in the scene was real, including its on-screen death.
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The movie was mostly filmed at Camp No-Be-Bos-Co in Hardwick, New Jersey, a Boy Scout Camp. They were only allowed to use the camp after making a sizeable donation to the Boy Scouts of America. While most of the cast and crew stayed at local hotels during filming, some of the most dedicated, including Tom Savini and Taso N. Stavrakis, stayed at the actual camp site.
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Sean S. Cunningham wanted to cast his son Noel Cunningham as Jason, but his wife Susan E. Cunningham wouldn't let him do this.
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Betsy Palmer and the rest of the cast spoke at a Friday the 13th 30th Anniversary Conference, which was captured in the recent documentary Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th (available on YouTube). At the conference Palmer said that when she first read the script by Victor Miller, she said "What a piece of s---!" and threw the script across the room into the trash. Victor Miller, the script writer, was at the conference, and heard this comment, and Adrienne King patted him on the back consolingly. Palmer said she then thought about it, and she did need some money for a new car, and the movie would probably come and go very quickly and no one would ever see it; and then it would all be quickly forgotten. So she decided to take the job. Little did she know the movie would become a phenomenon, and would be the main thing she would be remembered for.
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Robbi Morgan was not auditioning for the film when she was offered the role. While in her office, Julie Hughes just looked at Morgan and proclaimed "you're a camp counsellor." The next day Morgan was on the set.
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The film takes place on July 4, 1958 and June 13, in "the present day", but at no point in the film do they mention the year.
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Victor Miller's working title for the script was "Long Night at Camp Blood."
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Rex Everhart, who portrays Enos, did not film the truck scenes with Robbi Morgan, so she had to either act with an imaginary Enos, or exchange dialogue with Taso N. Stavrakis, who would sit in the truck with her.
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Producer Steve Miner initially thought it was an idiotic idea to bring Jason back in sequels. "He wasn't your villain, he's just a figment of someone's imagination." Despite this, he went on to direct the next two Friday the 13th movies starring Jason as the villain.
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The film was initially viewed by Cunningham as a way to pay the bills, and it ended up working well beyond his expectations.
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There is a township named Voorhees, New Jersey, which is about eight miles away from Haddonfield, New Jersey, which was inspiration for the fictional town where the movie Halloween (1978) took place. The documentary Halloween: 25 Years of Terror (2006) shows a picture of a road sign that lists Voorhees right under Haddonfield. The township was named for Foster McGowan Voorhees, the governor of New Jersey from 1899 to 1902. The surname "Voorhees" is of Dutch heritage, and is also a common family in New Jersey.
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Sean S. Cunningham came up with the title of the film, and placed an ad in the trade papers to create interest in the movie, prior to having a script.
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Cunningham got financing for the film based solely on a title shot of "Friday the 13th" approaching the camera and breaking glass. He had no script or story idea yet.
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Betsy Palmer tells fans she has no idea who this character in the hockey mask is since her son Jason drowned in 1957. Although she has posed with Warrington Gillette and other hockey-masked Jason actors in funny "mother and son hugging" pictures at the fan conventions.
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Tom Savini and Sean Cunningham have said in interviews that Claudette's murder at the beginning, which is offscreen and only hinted at, is meant to be coy and to throw the audience off for the brutal killings that would follow.
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Jason only appears in this film via flashback/Alice's "dream." He appears for the first time in present day at the beginning of the first sequel.
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After the film's success, Adrienne King was stalked by an obsessed fan. Terrified, she asked that her role in Part 2 be small as possible. She did not take any other roles or make convention appearances for almost 20 years after its release.
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Victor Miller wrote the script in about two weeks, and interestingly, Miller never went to summer camp when he was a kid.
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In the French dubbed version, Jason is called Jackie. His named has been restored to Jason in each of the following sequels, including the intro of Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) which is the ending of this film.
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Cunningham always felt that the MPAA held him to a higher standard after this film due both to its success and his belief that other producers would point to it as an example that they should be allowed to get away with stuff, too.
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Sally Field was offered the role of Alice Hardy, but turned it down.
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Most of the stars of the original movie were actually Broadway stars, who were sent over by a Broadway casting agency. The movie debuted in a Broadway movie house.
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The two Jeeps used in this film are actually the same Jeep, shown with and without its soft top. The model is a 1972 CJ-5.
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The idea behind the scene where the counselors have to kill a snake they find in one of the cabins was to differentiate the film somewhat from Halloween by having an early fake scare turn out to be legitimate as well as establish the characters as capable of taking action if need be. However, there was no PETA around that film set, meaning they actually took a machete to a real, live snake. Allegedly the owner was standing on the set watching and sobbing when this happened.
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Launched the acting careers of both Adrienne King and Kevin Bacon, although it was not Bacon's first film. His breakout role was as Chip Diller in National Lampoon's Animal House, one of the leaders of the villainous Omega fraternity that is bullying and fighting with the Deltas. In between Animal House and Friday the 13th, he starred in Starting Over, as well as the 1980 superhero spoof Hero at Large, starring John Ritter.
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The casting was done by TNI Casting, a New York-based casting agency well-known and respected in the theater community in New York. Friday the 13th was their first horror film, and many of the actors were stage brats drawn to the auditions based upon the stellar reputations of the casting directors, having only the vaguest of clues as to what kind of film they were truly auditioning for. The most famous of these actors was Kevin Bacon, who had been in his first film, Animal House, the previous year, but had, to his surprise, returned right back to the life of a work-a-day actor. He was the only one they auditioned for the part in Friday the 13th.
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Brian DePalma said the following of the Jason-jumps-from-the-water scene, which the filmmakers admit was a rip off from the jump scare in Carrie, when Carrie reaches up out of the earth and grabs Sue Snell's arm: "I liked it," then adding, "I saw it coming..."
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Jason's father is never referenced in the Friday the 13th movies. However, in comics and novelizations, he is said to be a man named Elias Voorhees, who is very cruel and abusive to Jason. An unused Jason and Freddy "team-up" screenplay from the early 1990's, written by Lewis Abernathy, features a brief scene with Elias that ends with Pamela murdering him.
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When Marcie is in the bathhouse looking in the mirror, she does an impression of Katharine Hepburn with a line from her film, The Rainmaker (1956) (see Quotes).
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Steve Christie goes through a sketch book of Alice Hardy's early in the film. Adrienne King is an artist in real life, which inspired Cunningham and Miller to add it to the script.
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Cunningham doesn't buy the whole "sinners must be punished" scenario that many slasher films seem to support. Instead he simply sees it as "bad things happening to good people for no apparent reason." Cunningham also didn't like Gene Siskel's complaint that the film was "misogynistic", and that "Cunningham is a little tougher on the girls in this movie than he is on the guys". Cunningham said the film is not meant to be sexist, and both males and females get punished equally in this movie. John Carpenter was similarly dismissive when critics complained that Halloween was pushing an old testament puritanical sex-must-be-punished-by-death moral code on the audience. Debra Hill, his co-producer and screenwriter on the project said in response: "I think people are reading moral and sociological messages into a simple horror story that has no agenda to lecture the audience in any way."
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Sean S. Cunningham and Victor Miller set the film at a summer camp because they needed a remote location and Miller remembered the scary stories his brothers used to share of their summers spent at camp. The name "Jason Voorhees" was Miller's idea as well, "Jason" being the combination of the first names of Miller's two sons (Josh and Ian), and "Voorhees" the last name of a girl he went to school with.
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This was Mark Nelson's first feature film, and when he went in for his first audition the only thing he was given to read were some comedic scenes. Nelson received a call back for a second audition, which required him to wear a bathing suit, which Nelson acknowledges made him start to wonder if something was off about this film. He did not fully realize what was going on until he got the part and was given the full script to read. Nelson explains, "It certainly was not a straight dramatic role, and it was only after they offered me the part that they gave me the full script to read, and I realized how much blood was in it."
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Sean Cunningham cut his teeth in the industry directing soft-core porn, and then eventually transitioned into horror with fellow porn aficionado Wes Craven, with whom he produced the 1972 horror classic Last House on the Left.
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Adrienne King auditioned for the roles of Brenda, Marcie, and Annie before being cast as Alice Hardy.
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Screenwriter Victor Miller's one big problem with the film, as mentioned in interviews in the book, "Crystal Lake Memories," and the documentary, His Name Was Jason, is the motorcycle patrolman who shows up roughly midway through the film. The "bumbling lame older cop," Officer Ford (Ron Millkie), is not in Miller's original draft or his four re-writes of the screenplay; the character was added in an uncredited re-write by screenwriter Ron Kurz (who went on to write Friday the 13th Part 2). Miller's objection is due to wanting Camp Crystal Lake to be a very rural and isolated location, cut off from the main roads. For Miller, having the teens/early 20-somethings be "outside the help of formal authority" was to give the audience the feeling that no one could "come and save them." Aside from this, he states he has no other major concerns or issues with the finished film.
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Screenwriter Victor Miller had hoped he'd become famous for writing a movie like Airplane!, but ended up doing this instead. This surprised him for several reasons, the least of which being he never liked horror films. He wrote the script in two weeks.
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This film is rumored to have been inspired by the real life Lake Bodom murders in Espoo, Finland on June 5, 1960.
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Sean S. Cunningham and Victor Miller met in 1977 while making a low-budget rip-off of The Bad News Bears (1976) called Here Come the Tigers (1978), which Cunningham directed, and Miller wrote. By that point, Cunningham had experienced no success since The Last House on the Left (1972), and Miller was a former novelist/playwright just getting started with screenwriting.
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Crazy Ralph was called Ralphie Ratboy in an earlier draft of the script.
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Most of the cast had theater backgrounds and little to no film/TV experience.
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Kevin Bacon shaved his armpits for the bedroom scene.
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The company Elston Oil Supply actually exists in real life: it's now Todd/Elston Oil, a gas station off US Interstate 46 in Netcong, NJ. The address in the film is real as Waterloo Rd runs between Hackettstown and Byram Township and uses a Stanhope ZIP code. The number, which uses a Stanhope area code, is still in existence too and the owner still gets calls from time to time.
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The original title of this was always "Friday the 13th." It was part of the original conception as forseen by the film's director and creator, Sean Cunningham. "Long Night at Camp Blood" was just a working title the production was using to keep the film a secret from the general viewing public while they were shooting. It was never a title they were actually going to use. (Contrary to the mythology surrounding the movie). This can all be seen in the documentary about the film, Crystal Lake Memories, which can be viewed on Youtube.
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Alice is revealed to have had a brief affair with head counsellor Steve before moving into an on-and-off relationship with Bill, although Alice's age of nineteen makes her eleven years younger than Steve.
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Lead Adrienne King recalls auditioning even as there was no script available. The actors were given snippets of possible dialogue to perform.
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Ari Lehman, who had previously auditioned for Sean S. Cunningham's Manny's Orphans (1978), failing to get the part, was determined to land the role of Jason Voorhees. According to Lehman, he went in very intense, and afterward Cunningham told him he was perfect for the part.
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The editing of the film took ten weeks.
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Adrienne King at first did not want to be in the film, because of the graphic violence, but she changed her mind.
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FIlm critic Gene Siskel was notoriously prudish and dismissive of horror movies. He rarely, if ever, gave horror movies good reviews; films including Jaws, Alien, and Academy Award winner Silence of the Lambs were given bad reviews by Siskel. Not surprisingly, he gave this movie zero stars, revealed the ending, and even published Betsy Palmer's (incorrect) address, imploring his readers to write letters in protest of what he dubbed a "cleaver-in-the-forehead" movie.
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The film has been spoofed numerous times, most notably in Saturday the 14th (1981).
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The film's first screenings before having a studio attached led to a bidding war between United Artists, Warner Bros., and Paramount.
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In his review Gene Siskel famously called director Sean Cunningham "one of the most despicable creatures that has ever infested the film industry".
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In Jan. 2021, 41 years after the film was released, Friday the 13th producer Sean Cunningham launched a new lawsuit over net profits from the horror franchise. According to a complaint filed on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the studios distributing the films have "systematically misaccounted" contingent compensation. Cunningham is already engaged in a battle with writer Victor Miller over rights. Now pending a ruling at the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, that case involves important copyright and labor issues and has delayed any reboot, new sequels, and other derivative works. As fans patiently wait the conclusion there, Cunningham is throwing himself into another big battle -- this one against Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures, with "Hollywood Accounting" in the first lines, and talk of how Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings "lost" money soon following. "This lawsuit presents the latest chapter of Defendants 'Hollywood accounting,'" wrote attorneys led by Douglas Johnson.
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According to Mark Nelson, an early draft of the script stated Ned suffered from polio, with the character having deformed legs and a muscular upper body. This idea was later partially utilized in the first sequel, which features Mark, a character who is a wheelchair user due to a motorcycle accident.
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For the scene where Bill plays the guitar, Harry Crosby is actually playing his own guitar.
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Although everyone compares this to Halloween, and even screenwriter Victor Miller and director Sean Cunningham have admitted they were ripping off Halloween when they developed this, this movie bears a resemblance (maybe unintentionally) to the 1945 reason of Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None." Although technically a detective mystery, it is considered one of the original slasher movies and is very similar in structure to Friday the 13th: 10 people isolated in a remote house, a prophecy at the beginning of the story that they will all be killed, the people are killed off one-by-one in gory fashion by a mystery killer, the bodies turn up in random places, decorated in a hideous way by the killer to taunt the survivors, until the ending, when the final girl faces off against the killer. It was the prototype for other slashers, including Psycho, Halloween, and Friday the 13th. Coincidentally, there are 10 victims in both Friday the 13th and And Then There Were None.
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Camp Crystal Lake was established in 1935.
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Adrienne King has pictures of FX Tom Savini baking Betsy Palmer's prosthetic head in an oven.
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The producers of Friday the 13th also produced the Friday the 13th TV show, even though it has nothing to do with the movies whatsoever.
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Was nominated for a Razzie for the worst movie of that year.
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Not counting Freddy vs. Jason, kids/campers are only shown in two Friday the 13th films: the opening sequence of this film and multiple scenes in Part 6. Part 2 takes place at a separate camp that is near Camp Crystal Lake, before campers arrive, while all other sequels take place at locations that range from either close by or far away from Camp Crystal Lake.
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For a film that primarily takes place in one location, a number of real northern New Jersey companies and local sites are seen or referenced in the film. As Annie is hitchhiking her way to the camp, she accepts a ride from a trucker, Enos, at a real general store in Hope, NJ, called Hartung's (aka Skip's, which is now an antique store). The truck he drives is for a real company, Elston Oil Supply, based in Stanhope, NJ, that provided their product to owners of oil heated homes, which were common in rural parts of New Jersey back in the 70's and 80's. This company still exists; in fact, the phone number on the passenger door of the truck can be reached if you use the area code used for all of northern New Jersey in 1979. Annie is dropped off by Enos at Moravian Cemetery in Hope, NJ, as it says on the rusted iron sign at the entrance. In reality, Crystal Lake is Sand Pond, which is right next to the Delaware River and crosses into eastern Pennsylvania. All of these shooting locations are in a total of three counties in the northwestern section of New Jersey. Though almost every movie in the series is set at or near Camp Crystal Lake and it is believed that all these films are set in New Jersey, this was the only Friday the 13th movie that was filmed there.
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On opening weekend, this film reportedly grossed over ten times the production cost.
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Apart from head counsellor Steve Christy, who is set at age thirty, the counsellors of Camp Crystal Lake 1979, and at the beginning in 1958, are set teen age: Alice Hardy, Bill Brown, and Brenda Jones at age nineteen, and Jack Burrell, Marcie Stanler, Ned Rubinstein, and Annie Phillips at age seventeen.
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Betsy Palmer was fifty-three when the movie was filmed.
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There's no reason Jason shouldn't be able to talk, aside from the now-standard trope of the "silent slasher." Even if he was Mongoloid, as Victor Miller describes him, or somehow disabled, he should be able to talk. The only time we hear him talk in the entire series is during the flashback sequence in this film, when Pamela describes his drowning, and we see him waving his arms around shouting "Help! Help". He stays silent for the rest of the series.
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The role of "Alice" was set up as an open casting call, a publicity stunt to attract more attention to the film. Adrienne King earned an audition primarily because she was the friend of someone working in Barry Moss and Julie Hughes's office. After King auditioned, Moss recalls Cunningham commenting that they saved the best actress for last. As Sean S. Cunningham explains, he was looking for people who could behave naturally, and King was able to show that to him in the audition.
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The tagline for the film was: "They were warned... They are doomed... And on Friday the 13th, nothing will save them."
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Adrienne King's scream was the deal maker when she was auditioning for Alice.
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While the teens are playing on the lake Ned asks his friends "if you were a flavor of ice cream, what would it be"? Marcie responds with "rocky road" while doing an impression of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, the character made famous by Tim Curry in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975).
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It was Peter Brouwer's girlfriend who helped him land a role on the film. After recently being written off the show Love of Life (1951), Brouwer moved back to Connecticut to look for work. Learning that his girlfriend was working as an assistant director for the film, Brouwer asked about any openings. Though he was initially told casting was looking for big stars to fill the role of Steve Christy, it was not until Sean S. Cunningham dropped by to deliver a message to Brouwer's girlfriend, and saw him working in a garden, that Brouwer was hired.
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Jeannine Taylor's first role. It was also her first and only onscreen nude scene. She appeared in one more film two years later and then opted to leave the acting world behind to pursue a career in business. She later admitted that she never quite saw herself as an actress, and felt like her looks didn't measure up to the other girls. She ended up becoming a very successful marketing manager for The Institutional Investor. While Taylor appreciates the fans she still has from the film, she still feels out of place in the showbiz world.
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The country song heard playing in the general store when Annie asks for directions and, again later in the film, during the diner scene is called "Sail Away Tiny Sparrow." It was written by Harry Manfredini for the soundtrack and was sung by Angela Rotella. The song was released with the Friday the 13th soundtrack, however, there was a speed error on the soundtrack so the song plays much slower than it does in the film.
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One of numerous movies where Kevin Bacon has played a character who has been first named "Jack". In Frost/Nixon (2008) (Jack Brennan), in My Dog Skip (2000) (Jack Morris), in Apollo 13 (1995) (Jack Swigert), in A Few Good Men (1992) (Jack Ross), in Quicksilver (1986) (Jack Casey), and in Friday the 13th (1980), Jack.
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Almost every Friday the 13th movie has a prankster or comic relief character. In this film, it's Ned; in Friday the 13th Part 2, it's Ted, played by Stu Charno. Unlike Ned, Ted winds up avoiding the slaughter by not missing last call at a bar and is the only character who survives the carnage simply by going off and partying for the rest of the movie. Ted is one of the only non final girls/guys to survive a Friday the 13th film and it's all because he wants to party - which is normally what leads to a majority of the series' characters being killed.
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This film and the sequels, sans Friday the 13th (2009), take place within the same universe as A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) films.
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Estelle Parsons was apparently asked to star as Mrs. Voorhees, but she declined, opening the door for Palmer.
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Stampede Wrestling introduced wrestler Karl Moffat as Jason the Terrible, who wore the hockey mask and was billed from "Camp Crystal Lake", in the late 1980s. The gimmick was later taken up in Japan and Puerto Rico by Roberto Rodriguez and has also been used by Tracy Smothers and other wrestlers, sometimes using such variations as "Jason the 13th."
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Alice calls Steve "Mr. Christie" even though they're romantically involved.
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Robbi Morgan had originally attended an audition hosted by Barry Moss and Julie Huges for a different film. After her audition she was told by Barry and Julie that she was not right for the part, but was informed that a film entitled Friday the 13th needed someone to play "an adorable camp counselor".
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At the beginning, when Jack, Marcie, and Ned are on their way to the camp, a copy of Mario Puzo's The Godfather is visible on the truck's dashboard.
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Steve Miner is the only person that has crossed over from the Friday the 13th films to the Halloween films, having directed both Friday the 13th Part 2 and Halloween H20. Miner is also the only person associated with the production to have a character named after him, Steve Christy.
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This is the only Friday the 13th movie where the killer slaps one of the victims, speaks while trying to kill someone, and drives.
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Noted film critic Devin Faraci is an infamous apologist for the Friday the 13th movies. In a blog post, he states the following: "There is no horror series that tops the Friday the 13th films. It reigns supreme in the slasher world, for sure, but even in the wider universe of horror sequels - a wide universe indeed - it is the tops. And the reason for that is simple, and the key to the series' success is something you can apply to your everyday life: consistency." Faraci goes on to say no series in the history of horror has been as consistent as the Friday the 13th series :"If we were to put individual films against each other, no Friday the 13th movie would stand a chance. How could they when we'd be comparing them to films like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre or Halloween or A Nightmare on Elm Street? But the greatness of these foundational films is also the weakness of their series: when a series begins on such a high note it is all but impossible for the future films to match it. How can you recapture the specific genius of Halloween? The answer is that you can't, which is why John Carpenter tried to change the direction of the series with Halloween III: Season of the Witch. He saw the high water mark he had set and knew that he could not ever again reach it with The Shape. But the producers didn't recognize that, and so they just kept churning out a bunch of terrible sequels. But the first Friday the 13th isn't a work of genius. It doesn't have the revolutionary grunginess Tobe Hooper brought to Leatherface and family. The original Friday the 13th is a very solid movie, a very good entry in the burgeoning slasher genre, a sort of American take on the giallo concept. Unlike the other classic slasher series, the first Friday doesn't even set up the iconography of the series. While the other series came out of the gate in a blaze of brilliance, Friday the 13th ambled onto the track like Jason Voorhees, moving at a reasonable pace and happy to let the other runners exhaust themselves."
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If you listen closely Jason is making a strange screaming sound in the dream sequence as he jumps from the water.
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Mark Nelson believes that Ned used humor to hide his insecurities, especially around Brenda, who the actor believes Ned was attracted to.
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Two of the original choices for Alice and Mrs. Voorhees were Sally Field and Estelle Parsons. If Cunningham had landed Field and Parsons, that would mean that Friday the13th was starring two Oscar winning actresses. They also seriously considered another Oscar winner, Shelly Winters, for Mrs. Voorhees, but she was too expensive.
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Steve Christy is named after Steve Miner, the film's associate producer. Miner would go on to direct part 2.
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Victor Miller was hot for, what he says, was "a minute and a half" after this film's success, but he went on to find real satisfaction in writing daytime soap operas.
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Estelle Parsons and Shelly Winters were both being considered for the role of Mrs. Voorhees. Coincidentally, they both wound up playing shrill, harpyish mother characters on Roseanne.
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In 1987, Warner Bros. released the film on home video in the UK. Shortly after, they realized they made a typo on the back cover in the film's credits ("Harry Crosy" instead of "Harry Crosby"). They quickly rectified this mistake and released a slightly altered cover the next year.
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When casting the movie, Sean Cunningham said he wasn't looking for "great actors." He just wanted anyone who looked good, seemed likable, read the dialogue fairly well, and worked cheap.
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Included among the American Film Institute's 2001 list of 400 movies nominated for the top 100 Most Heart-Pounding American Movies.
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Jeremy Saulnier included this film in a list of films that inspired him to become a filmmaker.
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In Sept. 2013, website Arrow in the Head voted Jeannine Taylor as #10 on their Top Ten Hotties in the Friday the 13th franchise list.
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Roger Ebert notoriously hated the Friday the 13th films. In his review for this film's direct sequel, he wrote: "The pre-title sequence showed one of the heroines of the original Friday The 13th, alone at home. She has nightmares, wakes up, undresses, is stalked by the camera, hears a noise in the kitchen. She tiptoes into the kitchen. Through the open window, a cat springs into the room. The audience screamed loudly and happily: It's fun to be scared. Then an unidentified man sunk an ice pick into the girl's brain, and, for me, the fun stopped...this movie is a cross between the Mad Slasher and Dead teenager genres, about two dozen movies a year feature a mad killer going berserk, and they're all about as bad as this one. Some have a little more plot, some have a little less. It doesn't matter." He ends this write-up with "*This review will suffice for the Friday the 13th film of your choice."
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Laurie Bartram (Brenda) died on May 25th 2007 from pancreatic cancer at the age of 49, 27 years after the movie was released.
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Friday the 13th Is the #1 entry on the list of horror franchises with the most nude scenes. Contrary to popular belief though, it's not always actresses that end up naked onscreen in Jason Voorhees' movies (though there are far more naked women), as the series also features multiple instances of male nudity.
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Many recall of the jump scare at the end that audience members were beginning to gather their things and put on their coats when they saw the police arriving during the tranquil scene of Alice in the lake - and believing the movie was coming to a close, were taken by complete surprise, shocking even the most hardened viewers.
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Jeanine Taylor became the first of a long line of young actresses (one was only 16, though her nude scenes were deleted when producers discovered her age) to perform nude in the franchise.
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There is a lake located in pearl Mississippi called Crystal Lake.
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Marcie tells Jack that she has a recurring nightmare of a storm that turns into a rain of blood. This proves to be foreshadowing, as later blood starts dripping on Jack before he is killed.
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The scenes where 35 year old camp owner Steve Christy comes on to 18 year old counsellor (and employee) Alice Hardy come across as creepy. (Maybe they're supposed to be). Especially since she shrinks away from his hand as he attempts to brush her hair aside; and especially since she keeps calling him Mr. Christy. And she even ditches Steve for Bill later in the movie. This Steve/Alice "romance" seems less like a relationship and more like him harassing her. (But again, maybe that's what we're supposed to think).
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Ned's truck is a 1977 Ford F-series.
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Out of the actors cast for all the Friday the 13th movies, Kevin Bacon was the only one who went on to have a prominent and memorable career as an A-list actor. Some of the other actors had long-lasting careers, but none of them did anything really noteworthy, with the exception of Crispin Glover, who co-starred in the first Back to the Future (1985) a year after appearing in Friday the 13th IV: The Final Chapter (1984), and Corey Feldman, who co-starred in the successful mainstream films The Goonies (1985), Stand By Me (1986), Lost Boys (1987), and The Burbs (1989) after Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985). But neither Glover nor Feldman ever obtained A-list status and their careers soon faltered after those movies. Since then they've mainly appeared in low budget direct to video indie films.
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There was a delay in releasing Friday the 13th, as the MPAA insisted that the film would have to be given an X-rating for violence unless scenes were trimmed, or cut all together. Released with an R-rating in May of 1980, later releases either toned down, or removed some of the on-screen killings. There is no truly "uncut" version of Friday the 13th known to exist. A few seconds of some of the deaths were released in an "Unrated" version, which presently would probably be given an NC-17 rating if shown in theaters or premium TV.
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The podcast Quantum Recast (2020) took Friday the 13th out of 1980 and recast it in the year 2005 with relevant actors from that year, in Quantum Recast: Friday the 13th - 2005 - Jason Goes to Disney World (2020)
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A lot of the film feels like we're supposed to be trying to figure out who the killer is...and then it's someone who was never mentioned before. Betsy Palmer did campaign to drop some sort of clue to the viewer, but the director shrugged it off.
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Brenda rescues Ned from drowning, which turns out to be faked. She attempts to rescue a child crying for help, but that turns out to be fake also, leading to her to be ambushed by Mrs. Voorhees.
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Website Mr. Skin posted the top 10 horror franchises with the most female nude scenes on Oct. 2020. List includes Witchcraft (77), Friday the 13th (49), Hellraiser (24), Wrong Turn (17), Piranha (16), Hostel (14), Silent Night, Deadly Night (14), Halloween (14), and Amityville (9).
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Italian censorship visa # 75451 delivered on 23 July 1980.
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Jeannine Taylor was voted #9 on the list of The Top 12 Boobs of the Friday the 13th franchise by website Icon vs. Icon on Oct. 25, 2015.
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No one has pointed out there is not only a Crystal Lake in Illinois, but also was a Camp Crystal Lake (now Summer Day Camp)
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Kevin Bacon's character, lying in bed with his throat impaled by an arrow, has the blood in his neck making little bubbles. Originally, it was just meant to seep out, but the arrangement of the tube with blood didn't work, and Tom Savini ended up blowing into the tube to make it flow, causing an unintended (but ultimately used) bubbling effect.
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The filmmakers never intended to make this the launching pad for the series that followed. According to Victor Miller, Jason was only meant as a plot device, and not intended to continue on his mother's grisly work.
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Sean S. Cunningham refused to direct the sequel, because he did not like the Jason-comes-back-from-the-dead storyline that the studio was pushing on him. He said that was too stupid, and wouldn't work. He now admits how wrong he was, as the series flourished afterward, with Jason as the villain, and Jason has become one of the icons of horror films.
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For his death scene, Kevin Bacon had to crouch under the bed and insert his head through a hole in the mattress. Then, a latex neck and chest appliance were attached to give the appearance that he was actually lying down. Getting the set-up right took several hours, and Bacon had to stay in that uncomfortable position the entire time. For the bloody final moment, Tom Savini-also under the bed-would plunge the arrow up and through the fake neck, while his assistant-also under the bed-operated a pump that would make the fake blood flow up through the appliance. To further complicate things, the crew needed someone to stand in for the killer's hand as it held Bacon's head down, and they settled on still photographer Richard Feury. So, after several hours of set-up, and latex building and planning, it was finally time to shoot the scene, and when the moment of truth came, the hose for the blood pump disconnected. Knowing that he basically only had one take (otherwise they'd have to build a new latex appliance and set everything up again), Taso N. Stavrakis grabbed the hose and blew into it until blood flowed out, saving the scene. "I had to think quickly, so I just grabbed the hose and blew like crazy which, thankfully, caused a serendipitous arterial blood spray," Stavrakis said. "The blood didn't taste that bad either."
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Composer Harry Manfredini has said that contrary to popular belief, the famous "Chi, chi, chi, ha, ha, ha" in the film's score is actually "Ki, ki, ki, ma, ma, ma". It is meant to resemble Jason's voice saying "Kill, kill, kill, mom, mom, mom" in Mrs. Voorhees's mind. It was inspired by the scene in which Pamela Voorhees suffers from schizophrenia and chants, "Get her, mommy! Kill her!" Manfredini created the effect by speaking the syllables "ki" and "ma" into a microphone running through a delay effect.
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Betsy Palmer, a method actress gave Mrs. Voorhees a detailed backstory. She imagined that Mrs. Voorhees hated sexual transgression. because she had Jason out of wedlock with a high school boyfriend, and her parents ultimately disowned her for her sins because that "isn't something that good girls do."
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In the scene where Bill is found impaled to a door with arrows, his eye twitches continually because the eye effect that Tom Savini applied was actually burning Harry Crosby's eye and causing him excruciating pain.
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During the first few weekends of the film's release, make-up and effects artist Tom Savini would go into theaters for the last five minutes of the show to see the audience react to Jason emerging from the lake and grabbing Alice.
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The film's make-up effects artist (Tom Savini) doubles for Brenda in the shot in which her body is thrown through a window.
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At one point, Mrs. Voorhees slaps Alice around a few times. Having worked on-stage for years, Betsy Palmer was used to really striking her co-stars with a cupped hand along the jawline to achieve the scene. Sean S. Cunningham had to tell her about faking the blows and cheating with camera angles.
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Mrs. Voorhees explains at the end about how her killing spree came on the anniversary of her dead son's birthday. She never specifies the date. They almost forgot to even mention Friday the 13th at all, until Sean S. Cunningham told Victor Miller they can't call it Friday the 13th, as cool as a title as it may be, without at least one reference to that day in the actual script. So, at one point a side character exclaims, "It's a full moon and a Friday the 13th."
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Top-billed Betsy Palmer does not actually appear on screen for more than thirteen minutes. A stand-in male actor was used for the first seventy minutes of the film, in which she is never supposed to be recognized.
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The character of Crazy Ralph was meant to establish two functions: foreshadow the events to come, and insinuate that he could actually be the murderer. Sean S. Cunningham has stated that he was apprehensive about including the character, and is not sure if he accomplished his goal of creating a new suspect.
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Betsy Palmer was padded out and had to wear lots of layers of clothes to bulk her up, because Sean S. Cunningham wanted her to look more masculine.
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In Victor Miller's original script, the character of Jason Voorhees was, basically, just a kid who accidentally drowned in Crystal Lake, but financier Philip Scuderi wanted something more, and brought in Ron Kurz for some re-writes. One of Kurz's most important contributions to the film, was to transform the tragic boy into the deformed child we see in the final movie.
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Sean S. Cunningham instructed Victor Miller to come up with a "chair jumper of an ending. Kind of like Carrie (1976)." Miller decided to approximate the Carrie ending as closely as possible without actually plagiarizing it. So the graveside dream sequence became the killer jumping out of the water at the heroine. This ending wound up being more similar to the ending of Deliverance (1972), which is exactly what Brian De Palma admits he was re-working when he came up with the ending to Carrie.
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Betsy Palmer worked on the film for ten days, for which she received one thousand dollars per day.
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Victor Miller admits he was subconsciously inverting the Psycho formula. Where instead of the son having a split personality and pretending to be the mother, we have the mother pretending to be the son.
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There is rumored to be a deleted scene featuring the murder of Claudette. The crew of the film dismissed this, including Tom Savini, who said he never even worked on the opening scene. There is, however, a still of Claudette with a machete in her throat, although that may have been shot purely for promotional material.
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Body count: eleven (including the real snake).
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Gene Siskel hated this movie so much he gave away the ending in his review. He and Roger Ebert also slammed it in a special edition of Siskel and Ebert called "The War on Women," which focused on misogynistic slasher movies (failing to notice that a lot of men are killed in this movie and the survivor is a woman). All of this just boosted ticket sales.
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In the script, Brenda's death scene was originally meant to show an arrow hitting her chest in the archery area. Despite popular belief, this was never filmed.
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The original plan was for Alice to be a reoccurring hero in this series, continually facing off against Jason again and again in sequel after sequel, kind of like Laurie Strode was a reoccurring hero in the Halloween series. But after Adrienne King was stalked by a Friday the 13th fan during the release of the original film, she said she wanted out. So her character was killed off at the beginning of the sequel.
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Robbi Morgan only appeared on-set for a day to shoot all her scenes, and she never even met Betsy Palmer, her supposed killer.
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The killer of this movie is just named Mrs. Voorhees. Her first name is not revealed as "Pamela" until a shot of her grave stone is shown in Part 4 The Final Chapter.
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Betsy Palmer acknowledged at every convention that a man played the killer throughout the film until she reveals herself at the end. The hands, feet, and pants legs usually belonged to Tom Savini's assistant, "a young Greek boy who did me all through the film."
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King first realized how big the movie truly was when Fangoria invited her to a horror convention. "They would all ask me that question, 'Do you live because you didn't take your clothes off?' Or 'Did you live because you were a good girl?' I said 'I just had a mean swing. You know, me and my machete.'"
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Sean S. Cunningham wanted to make the Mrs. Voorhees character "terrifying", and to that he believed it was important that Palmer not act "over the top." There was also the fear that Betsy Palmer's past credits, as more of a wholesome character, would make it difficult to believe she could be scary.
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In the original first draft of the script, Mrs. Voorhees was supposed to lose her little finger while attempting to kill Barry.
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The story of who invented the final scare in the film, in which a deformed Jason bursts out of the lake and grabs Alice from her canoe, is disputed. Victor Miller, Tom Savini, and uncredited Screenwriter Ron Kurz all claim credit for it, Kurz because he claims to be the one who made Jason into a "creature," and Savini because he claims the moment was inspired by a similar final scare in Carrie (1976). Whatever the case, it left a lasting impression.
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Betsy Palmer insisted that Sean Cunningham put her in the beginning of the movie, at the diner, or waving to Annie on the road as she is hitchhiking to Crystal Lake, so that the audience will have some clue who the killer is. Sean Cunningham said no, although the killer was unforeseeable, and though the rest of the movie was criticised by the critics, the ending ended getting a lot of praise from critics, particularly the jump scare at the ending when Jason jumps out of the water, and Palmer's chilling performance.
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Originally Pamela Vorhees was going to struggle with Barry and Claudette, and lose her small finger from one of her hands in the fight, as she is killing them. Later at the ending, when she is confronting Alice, the audience would see that Pamela has no pinky finger on her right hand ( as she is telling the Jason-drowning story), suddenly revealing her to be the killer. Special effects limitations did not allow Cunningham to film it this way. Instead we see Pamela (masked and anonymous at the beginning as the killer) driving her jeep at the beginning; as she stages the killing of Annie. At the ending when Pamela drives up to the camp to confront Alice, she is driving the jeep again, this is the audience clue that she is the killer.
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One of the commentators makes a point of detailing how far removed the film is from the sexist, misogynistic trash it was accused of being. The "final girl" Alice is far from virginal seeing as she's had past relationships, flirts, and smokes pot. Plus, as many men die as women, and the killer is a woman.
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Years before the film was even conceived, Betsy Palmer spent her summers growing up on Crystal Lake in Warsaw, Indiana.
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Taso N. Stavrakis subbed for Betsy Palmer as well, which involved Annie being chased through the woods by Mrs. Voorhees, although you only see a pair of legs running after her. Palmer had just arrived into town when those scenes were about to be filmed, and was not in the physical shape necessary to chase Robbi Morgan around the woods. Morgan's training as an acrobat assisted her in these scenes, as her character was required to leap out of a moving Jeep when she discovers that Mrs. Voorhees does not intend to take her to the camp.
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Academy Award nominee Penelope Milford was fresh off her Oscar nomination when she was offered the role of Brenda - the producers thought because she was such a big name at the time that people would show up to see her and Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons in the film. The producers also suspected that people would expect them to survive, being the two most famous members of the cast, therefore they both were to play characters who died, shocking the audience. When Milford declined the role, Parsons bowed out shortly thereafter.
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This came out the same year as Ordinary People, and both were about a boy drowning, and the disastrous impact this has on all the characters. Both also have a vindictive mother, who unfairly punishes the people around her for the boy drowning.
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Most of the people involved in the original movie thought it was just a cash grab, a quick way to make money, including director Sean Cunningham, screenwriter Victor Miller, and Betsy Palmer, the star of the movie who played Mrs. Voorhees, the killer. Both Cunningham and Palmer said in interviews they were just trying to pay bills when they made this movie. None of them had much respect for the integrity and the artistry of the story they were creating. It was an obvious self-aware attempt to rip off and cash in on the Halloween phenomenon. In spite of that, it has become one of the most successful and beloved horror films ever.
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Estelle Parsons was originally signed on to play Mrs. Voorhees, but eventually declined. Her agent cited that the film was too violent, and did not know what kind of actress would play such a part.
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Early in the film Brenda is standing next to a bullseye on the archery range where Ned shoots an arrow to scare her. This foreshadows her characters death as it happens in the archery range and presumably by a bow and arrow.
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The Body count in Friday The 13th: 1. Barry (Stabbed in Gut by hunting knife) Onscreen 2. Claudette (Throat Slit by Machete) Offscreen 3. Annie Philips (Throat slit by hunting knife) Onscreen 4. Ned Rubenstein (Deep throat slit by hunting Knife) Offscreen (Corpse shown later) 5. Jack Burrel (Stabbed in Throat by Arrow) Onscreen 6. Marcie Stanler (Axed in face by Axe) Onscreen 7. Brenda Jones (Shot 3 times with Bow and Arrow, once in stomach, once in right shoulder blade, once in left shoulder blade, tied to rope and wooden board, thrown through window) Offscreen (Corpse shown later) 8. Steve Christy (Stabbed in chest by hunting knife) Onscreen 10. Bill Freeburg (Shot in eye with Arrow, Shot in Chest with Arrow, Shot in Groin by Arrow, Slit throat by Arrow, Shot in neck by Arrow, hung to door) Offscreen (Corpse shown later) 9. Jason Voorhees (Drowning) Onscreen (flashback) 10. Pamela Voohees (Decapitated by Machete) Onscreen
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The ending, where Alice gets attacked by Jason in the boat on Crystal Lake, was originally supposed to be a dream. Sean Cunningham was trying to copy the end of Carrie. (DePalma himself was copying the ending of "Deliverance"; which also had someone reaching out of the water at the audience after one of the characters killed him.)
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The knife used by Mrs. Voorhees in the film was a Sabre Monarch 171 Bowie knife.
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Shelley Winters was the first choice for Pamela Voorhees, but she wasn't interested.
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Annie was hired as a cook and was killed by Pamela Voorhees, who was two decades earlier, a cook at the camp.
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Sneak Previews film critic Gene Siskel famously spoiled the movie for his readers by giving away the ending of Friday the 13th in his Chicago Tribune column, and in a mean-spirited and dangerously unprofessional move, he even printed the address of Friday the 13th star Betsy Palmer, who played killer Pamela Voorhees in the movie, so that people would write the veteran actress in protest! In his giveaway review of the movie he said "the killer turns out to be a little old lady who is grieving the death of her son who drowned there". Siskel describes Palmer as a "little old lady", but she was 52 years old at the time.
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In the place where Annie gets down from the truck you can see a cemetery. In the archway entrance two lines can be seen, the upper saying "Cemetery Moravias" and the lower "Hope, NJ."
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Kevin Bacon claims that he gets asked to sign screenshots from his death scene in this movie more than any other movie he has been in.
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Many critics and bloggers comment about Vera Sanchez' death by spear gun in the third film as the first and only projectile type death in the series. In other words, it was a death which does not include Jason (or Mrs. Voorhees) stabbing or physically assaulting them in some way. However, this is technically untrue: both Brenda and Bill are shot with arrows by Pamela Voorhees, which qualify as projectile type deaths.
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Released the same year as Ordinary People (1980), both were about a boy drowning and the disastrous impact this has on all the characters. Friday the 13th was one of the most critically vilified movies of the year, while Ordinary People was critically lauded andwon the Academy Award for best picture. While one is a serious family drama and the other is a gory, exploitative teen slasher movie, their plots have quite a lot in common. Aside from the previously mentioned plot synopsis, both also have a vindictive mother who is the villain of the story, who unfairly punishes the people around her for the boy drowning (Beth Jarrett in Ordinary People; Pamela Vorhees in Friday the 13th). Both movies take place in a rural midwest location named after and near a lake (Lake Forest in Ordinary People; Camp Crystal Lake in Friday the 13th). Both center on characters who seem to be caught in a downward tragic spiral of some sort, not of their own making. Finally, the boy who drowns in both stories almost shared the same name first name: Jason. The name of the boy who drowns in Ordinary People was named Jordan "Buck" Jarrett in the Judith Guest novel; but in early drafts of the screenplay, his name is Jason.
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One critic hilariously called Mrs. Voorhees and Jason "serial killer c--- blockers."
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The scene where Brenda almost gets shot by an arrow foreshadows three deaths in the movie: As Jack smokes a joint in bed, the killer slaps a hand over his head, pinning him down, and stabs him through the neck with an arrow; Brenda is lured out to the archery range, where she is shot by arrows offscreen; and Bill is discovered by Alice, impaled to a shed door by arrows.
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Dorothy Malone was considered for the role of Mrs. Voorhees.
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One version of the DVD cover for the first movie has a holographic image revealing Jason's mask. Not only is Jason not the killer of this movie, but he doesn't even show up (except for a short dream sequence). Not only that, but he doesn't get the hockey mask for another two films.
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Louise Lasser was considered for the role of Mrs. Voorhees.
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Wes Wall was considered for the role of Mrs. Voorhees
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The iconic final scene where Jason jumps out of the water and grabs Alice, pulling her down into the lake with her, actually takes place on Saturday the 14th, not Friday the 13th. This is actually a dream about something that takes place the next day after the night of carnage that happened previously, and when we see Alice awake from the dream it is in fact the next morning, meaning this last scene is Saturday the 14th. It's unclear if Jason died on his birthday, Friday the 13th, 1957; if he did, then the beginning of the movie doesn't take place on Friday the 13th either, as that would make June 13th, 1958 a Saturday. Therefore, a big chunk of the action (or at least 2 key scenes) may not take place on Friday the 13th at all.
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