It's hard to believe that the original Friday the 13th is forty years old this year.
Like John Carpenter's Halloween (1978) or Sir Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960), it has become such a staple of the horror genre that it seems virtually ageless.
However, it was not intended to be such a lasting film as it is. The film's director, screenwriter, and top-billed actress, Betsy Palmer have all admitted that they purely made the film to cover their respective bills at the time, erroneously believing that the film would simply come and be forgotten in no time at all.
Today, viewers can only imagine their shock when the film not only became a blockbuster success (if not a critical one) and went on to create one of the best beloved slasher franchises of all time.
Made in an authentic fashion with mostly unknown actors (at the time), Cunningham's film may be considered quite tame in comparison to the genuine blood baths that followed it, but there is plenty about it that remains hidden...at least the twenty items in this list.
However, be warned that "you're doomed" if you think that there aren't any spoilers ahead!
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During the COVID-19 lockdown, I also started reviewing films on my Facebook page. Numerous friends and contacts suggested that I should start my own website for reviewing films, but I wanted something a bit more diverse - and so here I am!
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