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Friday the 13th

horror, thrillers

Terror and suspense abound in this 24-hour nightmare of blood. Camp Crystal Lake has been shuttered for over 20 years due to several vicious and unsolved murders.

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common sense

0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
5 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
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5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Beware of this infamous, sadistic slasher film.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's lots of morbid, graphic bloodshed in this film; usually slashed throats and impalings, with the victims hung on hooks. When young camp counselors aren't busy being killed, they're either trying to get stoned or having sex.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the victims of choice in typical slasher movies. Why does the marauder often prey on the most sexually active characters first? Families might make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, so to speak, by talking about this theme -- that teenage sex deserves harsh punishment. Maybe not death, but if you need to drive home the point, why not add some slasher examples for effect? On a more serious side, critics often see such horror movies as the extremes of depravity and exploitation. But isn't that a paradox when they also follow such a harsh, Puritan morality code?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: How do you sum up a movie that's really quite awful yet helped define a filmmaking era?

- Brian Webster, Apollo Guide, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: For all its shoddiness, the film manages, just barely, to achieve its ignoble goals -- it delivers what it promises.

- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Fresh: Within the dead-teenie realm it achieves a certain classicism

- Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

1 star

The killer surprised me a little bit. Expected someone else rather than...(see for yourself ).

- 3niR, Friday, April 19, 2013

5 stars

Simply one of the best horror movies ever made and it continues to be as good as it was upon its release. Even with advances in the genre, this remains to be one of the most well done and effective slashers because it is a lot more than just killing and blood. The visuals, score and writing are what keep this entertaining and worthwhile. I really liked that not any of the kids were particularly all that good and essentially deserve their comeuppances, but that's what makes the horror more realistic. The first person scenes are still so cool and make for truly creepy and suspenseful sequences. While Mama Voorhees doesn't have anything on her darling son, she still is incredibly psychotic and effective as a serial killer. The camp setting is one of the best places to put a horror premise, it just does wonders.

- ythelastman89, Saturday, October 30, 2010

3 stars

"You see, Jason was my son, and today is his birthday..." Camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to re-open a summer camp that was the site of a child's drowning. REVIEW Unlike "A Nigthmare on Elm Street" and "Halloween" this movie has never truly been considered a brilliant movie within its genre but yet it's up there with these two movies as the most genre defining and classic movies. It's of course not that "Friday the 13th" is a bad movie, it's just also one that is being quite standard and formulaic with as a difference that the execution of it all is done just a bit better and more effective than other genre attempts from the same period. In that regard it's certainly true that "Friday the 13th" was a genre defining movie, that set the new standards for later movies. The movie has everything in it that you can expect from a genre movie. Basically all the movie is about a bunch of youngster being killed off one by one at an abandoned campsite. Out of all the genre movies featuring a similar type of concept, this movie really doesn't have the best story but it does have one of the best approaches. It's being kept a good secret who is the killer for a long time and also what his/her motivations are exactly. It makes the movie eerie and suspenseful and also the twists in the story work out nicely for the movie because it isn't really what you would normally expect. It does have a couple of great moments in it and also the ending is quite memorable. Guess the movie could had been a bit more bloody and gorier but that is not what the movie is trying to achieve. It tries to shock the viewer more with its moments, rather than lots of blood and brutal killings. A good genre defining movie from the early '80's.

- mrpopcorn, Monday, October 18, 2010