Released: May 9, 1980
Directed by: Sean S. Cunningham
Even though old horror films can still hold their suspense, they don’t remain scary. And that’s what has happened with 1980’s Friday the 13th.
Seven teenage counselors are setting up Camp Crystal Lake before the kids arrive, but are killed off one by one on Friday the 13th.
The first thing I thought of when I was watching this was when I was an RA in college and moved in to the residence halls two weeks early in order to set up. It always felt like there was a killer on the loose.
While there are many moments where you’ll hold your breath, you’ll more likely be wondering why people thought this movie was so scary. It was a different time, but the scariest thing here is the awful dialogue throughout.
Final say: This classic doesn’t quite scare anymore. ★★★☆☆