A small group of counsellors decide to attempt to reopen a campsite known as Crystal Lake. But little does this group know that once upon a time a tragic event occurred at this location. Many members within the community call Crystal Lake a cursed area and say that anyone who goes there is simply doomed.
Ignoring the warnings from the community, the group decide to settle in and renovate the campgrounds with hopes of one day reopen. But while the group work on the campsite, an unknown person is stalking and murdering the counsellors one by one. Who is the killer? And how are they connected to the camping grounds known as Crystal Lake?
This may come as a shock to many of my followers, but I have never watched a Friday The 13th movie until recently. I have no excuses as to why it has taken me this long, but the franchise has always been on my radar to review. Thanks to Paramount Pictures, and a newly released blu-ray set containing nine classic films, I felt now was the perfect time to experience the classic horror hit.
An exciting element to Friday The 13th is the fact that it rides on a major mystery killer. The killer in this film is never seen. Instead, the director has been quite clever by using the camera as first-person view whenever the killer is ‘on-screen’. We see what the killer sees as they sneak around the camping grounds conducting murders.
Another chilling element is the film’s eerie musical score which will stay with audience members forever. The soundtrack is also noticeable when the mysterious murderer is preying on the leading characters. The music builds the tension, suspense and scares.
As a plot, this film is actually quite basic but it really works. There’s little details given until the film’s third and final act. The film’s big reveals are also fun and it’s obvious the creators of this film have desires of greater things for this horrific universe.
When it comes to issues, the biggest problem is more to do with our leading characters who are being hunted. The character traits have certainly aged, particularly when it comes to characters who are cheesy and over the top with their performances. Another unfortunate element is that once you know all the twists and the film’s ending, the desire to re-watch the movie might be lessened for some horror fans.
Overall, if you’ve never seen the original Friday The 13th, you really should. It’s quite an impressive horror film considering the film plot is actually quite basic and it’s obvious the filmmakers had more significant things in mind when making this first film. The film’s mysteries and twists are also pleasing along with the film’s unforgettable and uncomfortable music score. Thanks to Paramount Pictures, now is the time to grab the newly released blu-ray boxset and relive some horror classics…if you dare!
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