Friday the 13th

Lowbudget in the worst sense - with no apparent talent or intelligence to offset its technical inadequacies - Friday the 13th has nothing to exploit but its title.

With:
Betsy Palmer Adrienne King Harry Crosby Laurie Bartram Robbi Morgan

Lowbudget in the worst sense – with no apparent talent or intelligence to offset its technical inadequacies – Friday the 13th has nothing to exploit but its title.

Another teenager-in-jeopardy entry, contrived to lure the profitable Halloween audience, this one is set at a crumbling New Jersey summer camp, shuttered for 20 years after a history of ‘accidental’ deaths and other spooky stuff, and about to be reopened for the summer.

Six would-be counselors arrive to get the place ready, then are progressively dispatched by knife, hatchet, spear and arrow.

Producer-director Sean S. Cunningham telegraphs the six murders too far ahead to keep anyone in even vague suspense, and without building a modicum of tension in between.

Friday the 13th

Production: Cunningham. Director Sean S. Cunningham; Producer Sean S. Cunningham; Screenplay Victor Miller; Camera Barry Abrams; Editor Bill Freda; Music Harry Manfredini; Art Director Virginia Field

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1980. Running time: 95 MIN.

With: Betsy Palmer Adrienne King Harry Crosby Laurie Bartram Robbi Morgan

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