“Friday the 13th” (1980) – A group of soon-to-be camp counselors attempt to reopen Camp Crystal Lake in 1979, after previous owners closed the infamous summer locale 21 years earlier due to unsolved murders.
Surely, 21 years is enough time to resurrect a place for kids to call home during June, July, or August. Right?
Not according to Crazy Ralph (Walt Gorney) who warns, “It’s got a death curse.”
Oh, Ned, Jack, Bill, Marcie, Brenda, Alice, and Steve should have listened, because a killer is on the loose, and the counselors should’ve taken more survival training in the Boy and Girls Scouts.
This low budget affair kicked off an infamous/famous series that generally follows the same pattern, although Jason Voorhees does end up in New York City and aboard a spaceship during a couple of sequels.
Still, in 1980, the body count piles high at Camp Crystal Lake, New Jersey, and Jack is played by 22-year-old Kevin Bacon. However…SPOILER ALERT…his character passes away, but in memorable fashion!
“Friday the 13th” is the original, so every movie fan needs to “classic” once, and for the record, Jason isn’t the killer.
Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon = 0
Kevin Bacon stars in “Friday the 13th“ (1980)
Directed by: Sean S. Cunningham
Written by: Victor Miller and Ron Kurz
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Jeannine Taylor, Robbi Morgan, Walt Gorney, and Betsy Palmer
Runtime: 95 minutes
Image credits: Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros.