US (dir. Sean S. Cunningham)
Cast: Adrienne King, Betsy Palmer, Harry Crosby, Jeanine Taylor, Kevin Bacon, Laurie Bartham , Mark Nelson , Rex Everhart , Robbi Morgan , Ronn Carroll , Walt Gorney
Synopsis: At Camp Crystal Lake, a group of young counselors begin to get ready to lead guests in the summer. Unfortunately for the counselors, someone isn’t happy about what’s going on in the camp and enjoys playing ‘kill the counselor’. As bodies fall to the ground, no one is safe in the camp.
Review: The one that started it all, “Friday the 13th”, is by no means a big budget slasher nor does it offer riveting characters – but what it does deliver is a simple formula that will be copied for generations of horror movies to come: teenagers + alcohol + weed + good times (wink wink) + psycho killer = blood bath = awesome. The location is great because it strikes a chord with so many: a camp ground reminiscent of one’s younger days. Coupling this seemingly safe place with an unknown killer is just sheer genius, but revealing the killer to be none other than a deranged, grieving mother is one of the best twists in a horror movie to date. And although the man himself, Jason, will not be revealed until the sequel (and won’t be fully masked until the third part) this movie was successful in creating a horror franchise and is a legend in my eyes. A young Kevin Bacon is also worth checking out!