The success of John Carpenter’s Halloween inspired a lot of imitators, as success in the movie business always does. The difference in this case was that some of the imitators were actually really good. Friday the 13th realizes something that took the rest of Hollywood more than a decade to come around to: finding a movie scary often also tickles the part of your brain that find a movie funny.
Friday the 13th was always intended to be a little funny. The setup was intentionally a parody of summer-camp movies, in which the counselors just happened to start getting killed off. It cemented promiscuity as a guarantee of death for the entire genre. And it twisted the formula in just the right ways: Mrs. Voorhees, along with the famous jump-scare reveal, basically demanded a sequel. Join us for Friday the 13th, and remember how it all began – again.
1h 35min / R / Horror