Sunday, October 17, 2010

Day 14: 31 Days of Horror: Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th (1980) is a film about revenge. It takes place at a secluded camp called Camp Crystal Lake, which had been shut down for the past twenty years due to some mysterious deaths that had been occurring on the grounds. Now, the new camp counselors are being brought in early to prepare for the re-opening of the camp. However, we find out fairly soon that the mysterious 'death curse' of Camp Crystal Lake has not yet vanished and we watch as the camp counselors are killed off one by one. Who is responsible for these killings? What is the reasoning for them?

Friday the 13th convinced me that being a camp counselor for a camp located in the middle of nowhere is obviously a terrible idea. Camp Crystal Lake, along with any other secluded camp, looks like it'd be a serial killer's dreamland. No one is close enough to hear the victims' screams for help, so they're basically in the clear for killing whoever steps in their way. Can't be caught or stopped if no one knows it's happening! 

This movie is kind of ridiculous, but it's enjoyable at the same time. It's not my favorite, but it's still a necessary horror film to watch because it's an 80's slasher film. It's got the psychotic killer, the stupid teenagers, the sneak attack kills, and the classic slasher film horror movie theme music. Also, this movie was made on a budget of only $550,000, which is impressively low. There is only one thing that I really hate about the movie and it's that they killed a live snake just for the making of it. Snakes might be scary to see at times, but that doesn't mean that they deserve to be murdered for no acceptable reason! I find that mean and completely unnecessary. 


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