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  • Adrienne King at first did not want to be in the film, because of the graphic violence, but she changed her mind.
  • Sally Field auditioned for the role of Alice Hardy.
  • Filming lasted 28 days.
  • Most of the location and set were already there. The crew only had to build the bathroom set.
  • Sean S. Cunningham has been quoted as saying that the type of actors that he sought for the film were "good-looking kids who you might see in a Pepsi commercial."
  • Willie Adams was a crew member for the film. Although he spent most his time working behind the camera, he played the male counselor in the 1958 scene, and holds the unique distinction of being the first murder victim in the Friday the 13th films.
  • The movie was filmed at Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco in New Jersey. The camp is still in operation, and it has a wall of Friday the 13th (1980) paraphernalia to honor that the movie was set there.
  • The film has been spoofed numerous times, most notably in Saturday the 14th (1981).
  • (at around 19 mins) Special effects supervisor Tom Savini performed the arrow shot that narrowly missed Brenda when she was setting up the archery target.
  • Victor Miller admitted that he was purposely riding off the success of John Carpenter's Halloween (1978).
  • Victor Miller's working title for the script was "Long Night at Camp Blood."
  • The scene with the snake was not in the script, and was an idea from Tom Savini after an experience in his own cabin during filming. The snake in the scene was real, including its on-screen death.
  • While most of the cast and crew stayed at local hotels during filming, some of the most dedicated, including Tom Savini and Taso N. Stavrakis, stayed at the actual camp site. They had Savini's Betamax VCR and only a couple of movies, such as Barbarella (1968) and Marathon Man (1976), on videotape to keep themselves entertained so each night they would watch one. To this day Savini says he can recite those movies by heart.
  • Tom Savini was one of the first crew members on board for the film because the producers idolized his special make-up effects in Dawn of the Dead (1978).
  • The film made $39,754,601 on a budget of $550,000.
  • Steve Christy is named after Steve Miner, the film's Associate Producer.
  • Victor Miller had originally given Jason the name of Josh. After deciding that it sounded too nice, he changed it to Jason after a school bully.
  • In 1987, Warner Bros. released the film on home video in the UK. Shortly after, they realized they made a typo on the back cover in the film's credits ("Harry Crosy" instead of "Harry Crosby"). They quickly rectified this mistake and released a slightly altered cover the next year.
  • There is a township named Voorhees, New Jersey, which is about eight miles away from Haddonfield, New Jersey, which was inspiration for the fictional town where the movie Halloween (1978) took place. The documentary Halloween: 25 Years of Terror (2006) shows a picture of a road sign that lists Voorhees right under Haddonfield. The township was named for Foster McGowan Voorhees, the governor of New Jersey from 1899 to 1902. The surname "Voorhees" is of Dutch heritage, and is also a common family in New Jersey.
  • Sean S. Cunningham came up with the title of the film, and placed an ad in the trade papers to create interest in the movie, prior to having a script.
  • Crazy Ralph was called Ralphie Ratboy in an earlier draft of the script.
  • Victor Miller wrote the script in about two weeks. Moreover, Miller never went to summer camp when he was a kid.
  • Sean S. Cunningham wanted to cast his son Noel Cunningham as Jason, but his wife Susan E. Cunningham wouldn't let him do this.
  • The editing of the film took ten weeks.
  • There is a real summer camp named Camp Crystal located near Starke, Florida.
  • The two Jeeps used in this film are actually the same Jeep, shown with and without its soft top. The model is a 1972 CJ-5.
  • In the French dubbed version, Jason is called Jackie. His named has been restored to Jason in each of the following sequels, including the intro of Friday the 13th: Part 2 (1981) which is the ending of this film.
  • Adrienne King's scream was the deal maker when she was auditioning for Alice.
  • The film takes place on June 13, 1958 and June 13, in " the present day ", but at no point in the film do they mention the year.
  • Camp Crystal Lake was established in 1935.
  • This was Betsy Palmer's first film since The Last Angry Man (1959).
  • Adrienne King auditioned for the roles of Brenda, Marcie, and Annie before being cast as Alice Hardy.
  • Sean S. Cunningham and Victor Miller met in 1977 while making a low-budget rip-off of The Bad News Bears (1976) called Here Come the Tigers (1978), which Cunningham directed, and Miller wrote. By that point, Cunningham had experienced no success since The Last House on the Left (1972), and Miller was a former novelist/playwright just getting started with screenwriting.
  • Sean S. Cunningham and Victor Miller set the film at a summer camp because they needed a remote location and Miller remembered the scary stories his brothers used to share of their summers spent at camp. The name "Jason Voorhees" was Miller's idea as well, "Jason" being the combination of the first names of Miller's two sons (Josh and Ian), and "Voorhees" the last name of a girl he went to school with.
  • The role of "Alice" was set up as an open casting call, a publicity stunt to attract more attention to the film. Adrienne King earned an audition primarily because she was the friend of someone working in Barry Moss and Julie Hughes's office. After King auditioned, Moss recalls Cunningham commenting that they saved the best actress for last. As Sean S. Cunningham explains, he was looking for people who could behave naturally, and King was able to show that to him in the audition.
  • Sean S. Cunningham was so sure the title Friday the 13th would sell the movie alone he took out a full page Variety ad over the Fourth of July Weekend of 1979. It worked, as the financiers behind Together (1971) and The Last House on the Left (1972) contacted him, and offered to cover the entire cost of the proposed 500,000 dollar budget. Cunningham initially turned them down, as the actual long term part of the deal was going to royally screw him, but nobody else was offering to put up the entire budget like that. He changed his mind the next morning.
  • The casting was done by TNI Casting, a New York-based casting agency well-known and respected in the theater community in New York. Friday the 13th was their first horror film, and many of the actors were stage brats drawn to the auditions based upon the stellar reputations of the casting directors, having only the vaguest of clues as to what kind of film they were truly auditioning for. The most famous of these actors was Kevin Bacon, who had been in his first film, Animal House, six months prior, but had, to his surprise, returned right back to the life of a work-a-day actor. He was the only one they auditioned for the part in Friday the 13th.
  • Harry Crosby was attempting to make a go of it as an actor without leveraging any connections available to him as the son of Bing Crosby. The producers have been accused of casting Harry to further mimic Halloween (1978), which cast the daughter (Jamie Lee Curtis) of well-known actors (Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis) as its female lead. Today, they claim that the prospect of having Crosby's son as the ostensible male lead was something they only later realized could be used in marketing down the road.
  • The movie was mostly filmed at Camp No-Be-Bos-Co in Blairstown, New Jersey, a Boy Scout Camp. They were only allowed to use the camp after making a sizeable donation to the Boy Scouts of America. While most of the cast and crew stayed at local hotels during filming, some of the most dedicated, including Tom Savini and Taso N. Stavrakis, stayed at the actual camp site.
  • The idea behind the scene where the counselors have to kill a snake they find in one of the cabins was to differentiate the film somewhat from Halloween by having an early fake scare turn out to be legitimate as well as establish the characters as capable of taking action if need be. However, there was no PETA around that film set, meaning they actually took a machete to a real, live snake.
  • One of numerous movies where Kevin Bacon has played a character who has been first named "Jack". In Frost/Nixon (2008) (Jack Brennan), in My Dog Skip (2000) (Jack Morris), in Apollo 13 (1995) (Jack Swigert), in A Few Good Men (1992) (Jack Ross), in Quicksilver (1986) (Jack Casey), and in Friday the 13th (1980), Jack.
  • While the film takes place on June 13, 1958 and June 13, 1979, and it is stated that both these dates fall on a Friday if you do a web search it will show June 13, 1958 did fall on a Friday but June 13, 1979 was in fact a Wednesday. June 13, 1980 was however a Friday.
  • At the beginning, when Jack, Marcie, and Ned are on their way to the camp, a copy of Mario Puzo's The Godfather is visible on the truck's dashboard.
  • Because the camp was closed during filming, and situated in the deep New Jersey woods, the cast and crew didn't see much outside interference, but it turned out they had a very famous neighbor: rock star Lou Reed, who owned a farm nearby. "We got to watch Lou Reed play for free, right in front of us, while we were making the film," Soundman Richard Murphy said. "He came by the set, and we hung around with each other, and he was just a really great guy."
  • To get their roles the younger actresses had to read the monologue about the nightmare and the rain turning to blood.
  • This was Mark Nelson's first feature film, and when he went in for his first audition the only thing he was given to read were some comedic scenes. Nelson received a call back for a second audition, which required him to wear a bathing suit, which Nelson acknowledges made him start to wonder if something was off about this film. He did not fully realize what was going on until he got the part and was given the full script to read. Nelson explains, "It certainly was not a straight dramatic role, and it was only after they offered me the part that they gave me the full script to read, and I realized how much blood was in it."
  • It was Peter Brouwer's girlfriend who helped him land a role on the film. After recently being written off the show Love of Life (1951), Brouwer moved back to Connecticut to look for work. Learning that his girlfriend was working as an assistant director for the film, Brouwer asked about any openings. Though he was initially told casting was looking for big stars to fill the role of Steve Christy, it was not until Sean S. Cunningham dropped by to deliver a message to Brouwer's girlfriend, and saw him working in a garden, that Brouwer was hired.
  • Ari Lehman, who had previously auditioned for Sean S. Cunningham's Manny's Orphans (1978), failing to get the part, was determined to land the role of Jason Voorhees. According to Lehman, he went in very intense and afterward Cunningham told him he was perfect for the part.
  • Mark Nelson believes that Ned used humor to hide his insecurities, especially around Brenda, to whom the actor believes Ned was attracted.
  • According to Mark Nelson, an early draft of the script stating that Ned suffered from polio, and his legs were deformed while his upper body was muscular.
  • Robbi Morgan was not auditioning for the film when she was offered the role. While in her office, Julie Hughes just looked at Morgan and proclaimed "you're a camp counsellor." The next day Morgan was on the set.
  • Robbi Morgan only appeared on-set for a day to shoot all her scenes.
  • Rex Everhart, who portrays Enos, did not film the truck scenes with Robbi Morgan, so she had to either act with an imaginary Enos, or exchange dialogue with Taso N. Stavrakis, who would sit in the truck with her.
  • It was the 18th highest grossing film that year, facing stiff horror film competition from such high-profile releases as The Shining (1980), Dressed to Kill (1980), The Fog (1980), and Prom Night (1980).
  • The MPAA told the producers of Friday of 13th to scale back on the gore for the sequel, since they regretted the amount of gore that had gotten through in the original (and the subsequent critical backlash). This is why Part 2 is much less gory than Part 1.
  • Harry Crosby, who played Bill in this movie, was the son of Bing Crosby.
  • Stampede Wrestling introduced wrestler Karl Moffat as Jason the Terrible, who wore the hockey mask and was billed from "Camp Crystal Lake", in the late 1980s. The gimmick was later taken up in Japan and Puerto Rico by Roberto Rodriguez and has also been used by Tracy Smothers and other wrestlers, sometimes using such variations as "Jason the 13th."
  • Gene Siskel hated this movie so much he gave away the ending in his review. He and Roger Ebert also slammed it in a special edition of Siskel and Ebert called "The War on Women," which focused on misogynistic slasher movies. All of this just boosted ticket sales.
  • Apart from head counsellor Steve Christy, who is set at age thirty, the counsellors of Camp Crystal Lake 1979, and at the beginning in 1958, are set teen age: Alice Hardy, Bill Brown, and Brenda Jones at age nineteen, and Jack Burrell, Marcie Stanler, Ned Rubinstein, and Annie Phillips at age seventeen.
  • Alice is revealed to have had a brief affair with head counsellor Steve before moving into an on-and-off relationship with Bill, although Alice's age of nineteen makes her eleven years younger than Steve.
  • This was inspired by both Halloween, a blockbuster slasher movie, and Meatballs, a teen sex comedy set in a summer camp, which had come out the year before and were both big hits, focusing on the youth market.
  • While the Halloween movies have lots of music, the Friday the 13th movies have very little music. In fact, there was a decision made by Harry Manfredini to only have music in the movie when the killer was present. That's why there are only brief quick moments of music in the beginning, but the climax is wall to wall music.
  • Alice calls Steve "Mr. Christie" even though they're romantically involved.
  • While the teens are playing on the lake Ned asks his friends "if you were a flavor of ice cream, what would it be"? Marcie responds with "rocky road" while doing an impression of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, the character made famous by Tim Curry in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975).
  • Jason is not mentioned until 1 hour and 16 minutes into the film.
  • The country song heard playing in the general store when Annie asks for directions and, again later in the film, during the diner scene is called "Sail Away Tiny Sparrow." It was written by Harry Manfredini for the soundtrack and was sung by Angela Rotella. The song was released with the Friday the 13th soundtrack, however, there was a speed error on the soundtrack so the song plays much slower than it does in the film.
  • There is a lake located in pearl Mississippi called Crystal Lake.
  • This is the only movie in the series that actually takes place on Friday the 13th.
  • This film and the sequels, sans Friday the 13th (2009), take place within the same universe as A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) films.
  • Screenwriter Victor Miller's one BIG gripe he has told interviewers over the years (Crystal Lake Memories book) and documentary interviews (His Name Was Jason) was that the patrolman motorcycle cop that shows up before the midway point was NEVER in any draft of his. Either original draft or his four re-writes. The "bumbling lame older cop" gentleman (Ron Millkie as Officer Dorf) was an inclusion of an uncredited re-write from screenwriter Ron Kurz, who also wrote Friday the 13th Part 2. Victor has objected to it over all these years as he initially wanted Camp Crystal Lake to be a very rural and isolated location, cut off from the main roads. Also to have the teenagers/early 20 somethings to be "outside the help of formal authority", giving the audience the feeling that no one could "come and save them". That was his only gripe or real concern of the finished film, nothing else major.
  • Neds truck is a 1977 Ford F-series.
  • The name was originally going to be Josh, but they changed it to Jason at the last minute to make it scarier-sounding. Also Betsy Palmer said she did not know that Jason was going to be Mongoloid child; if she had she might never have taken the job in the first place. (That was another last minute addition; also intended to make Jason scarier.)
  • FIlm Critic Gene Siskel was notoriously prudish and dismissive about horror movies. He rarely if ever gave horror movies good reviews. He did't like Jaws or Aliens, and he even gave Silence of the Lambs a bad review. Not surprisingly, he gave this movie no stars and even revealed the ending to the movie in his review, he was so disgusted. He even gave the audience Betsy Palmer's address and told them to write letters in protest for the exploitation movie. He nick named the movie a "cleaver-in-the-forehead" movie.
  • Laurie Bartram (Brenda) died on May 25th 2007 from pancreatic cancer at the age of 49, 27 years after the movie was released.
  • Robbi Morgan had originally attended an audition hosted by Barry Moss and Julie Huges for a different film. After her audition she was told by Barry and Julie that she was not right for the part, but was informed that a film entitled Friday the 13th needed someone to play " an adorable camp counselor".
  • The company Elston Oil Supply actually exists in real life: it's now Todd/Elston Oil, a gas station off US Interstate 46 in Netcong, NJ. The address in the film is real as Waterloo Rd runs between Hackettstown and Byram Township and uses a Stanhope ZIP code. The number, which uses a Stanhope area code, is still in existence too and the owner still gets calls from time to time.
  • When Marcie is in the bathhouse looking in the mirror, she does an impression of Katharine Hepburn with a line from her film The Rainmaker (1956) (see Quotes).
  • The film was initially viewed by Cunningham as a way to pay the bills, and it ended up working well beyond his expectations.
  • Cunningham got financing for the film based solely on a title shot of "Friday the 13th" approaching the camera and breaking glass. He had no script or story idea yet.
  • Screenwriter Victor Miller had hoped he'd become famous for writing a movie like Airplane!, but ended up doing this instead. This surprised him for several reasons, the least of which being he never liked horror films. He wrote the script in two weeks.
  • Most of the cast had theater backgrounds and little to no film/TV experience.
  • Lead Adrienne King recalls auditioning even as there was no script available. The actors were given snippets of possible dialogue to perform.
  • Betsy Palmer acknowledged at every convention, that a man played the killer throughout the film until she reveals herself at the end. The hands, feet, and pants legs usually belonged to Tom Savini's assistant, "a young Greek boy who did me all through the film."
  • Estelle Parsons was apparently asked to star as Mrs. Voorhees, but she declined, opening the door for Palmer.
  • One of the commentators makes a point of detailing how far removed the film is from the sexist, misogynistic trash it was accused of being. The "final girl" Alice is far from virginal seeing as she's had past relationships, flirts, and smokes pot. Plus, as many men die as women, and the killer is a woman.
  • Cunningham doesn't buy the whole "sinners must be punished" scenario that many slasher films seem to support. Instead he simply sees it as "bad things happening to good people for no apparent reason." Cunningham also didn't like Gene Siskel's complaint that the film was "misogynistic", and that "Cunningham is a little tougher on the girls in this movie than he is on the guys". Cunningham said the film is not meant to be sexist, and both males and females get punished equally in this movie. John Carpenter was similarly dismissive when critics complained that Halloween was pushing an old testament puritanical sex-must-be-punished-by-death moral code on the audience. Debra Hill, his co-producer and screenwriter on the project said in response: "I think people are reading moral and sociological messages into a simple horror story that has no agenda to lecture the audience in any way."
  • Composer Henry Manfredini came up with the now classic "ki ki ki ma ma ma" vocals attached to the score. It's his voice as well.
  • Cunningham always felt that the MPAA held him to a higher standard after this film due both to its success and his belief that other producers would point to it as an example that they should be allowed to get away with stuff, too.
  • Producer Steve Miner initially thought it was an idiotic idea to bring Jason back in sequels. "He wasn't your villain, he's just a figment of someone's imagination." Despite this, he went on to direct the next two Friday the 13th movies starring Jason as the villain.
  • Betsy Palmer tells fans she has no idea who this character in the hockey mask is since her son Jason drowned in 1957.
  • Victor Miller was hot "for a minute and a half" after this film's success, but he went on to find real satisfaction in writing daytime soap operas. Still not quite Airplane!, but hey, he was happy.
  • The film's first screenings before having a studio attached led to a bidding war between United Artists, Warner Bros., and Paramount.
  • Adrienne King has pictures of FX Tom Savini baking Betsy Palmer's prosthetic head in an oven.
  • Roseanne regulars Estelle Parsons and Shelly Winters were both being considered for the role of Mrs. Voorhees. Not coincidentally; they both wound up playing shrill harpyish mother characters on Roseanne as well.
  • The producers of Friday the 13th also produced the Friday the 13th TV show, even though it has nothing to do with the movies whatsoever.
  • Complaints about the over the top violence in Part I, and push back from the MPAA as a result of this; led producers to tone down the violence in Part 2.
  • Betsy Palmer insisted that Sean Cunningham put her in the beginning of the movie; at the diner, or waving to Annie on the road as she is hitchhiking to Crystal Lake, so that the audience will have some clue who the killer is. Sean Cunningham said "Nah!" Though the killer was unforeseeable, and though the rest of the movie was panned by the critics, the ending ended getting a lot of praise from critics, particularly the jump scare at the ending when Jason jumps out of the water, and Palmer's chilling Lunch Lady performance.
  • Betsy Palmer and the rest of the cast spoke out at a recent Friday the 13th 30th Anniversary Conference, which was captured in the recent documentary Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th. At the conference Palmer said that when she first read the script by Victor Miller, she said "What a piece of s---!" and threw the script across the room into the trash. Victor Miller, the script writer, was at the conference, and heard this comment, and Adrienne King patted him on the back consolingly. Palmer said she then thought about it, and she did need some money for a new car, and the movie would probably come and go very quickly and no one would ever see it; and then it would all be quickly forgotten. So she decided to take the job. Little did she know the movie would become a phenomenon, and would be the main thing she would be remembered for! Crystal Lake Memories can be viewed on Youtube.
  • Both Steve Christie and Pamela Voorhees are driving that same jeep; the jeep we see Claudette riding in with the killer at the beginning before she gets killed. Maybe Mrs. Vorhees kills Steve and steals his jeep; we're not quite sure. (That would not explain how she has it at the beginning; unless she steals it from him at the beginning and then leaves it back for him later; only to steal it again. It's unclear if the screenwriter Victor Miller thought through this scenario or if it's just an oversight).
  • This came out the same year as Ordinary People, (1980) and both were about a boy drowning and the disastrous impact this has on all the characters. Friday the 13th was one of the most critically vilified movies of the year, and Ordinary People won the Academy Award for best picture and was very critically acclaimed. While one is a serious family drama and the other is a gory, exploitative teen slasher movie; they actually have a lot in common in their plots. Both stories, as stated before are centered around a boy who drowns, and the disastrous and tragic impact this has on all the characters. Both also have a vindictive mother, who is the villain of the story, who unfairly punishes the people around her for the boy drowning; Beth Jarrett in Ordinary People, and Pamela Vorhees in Friday the 13th. Both movies are centered in a rural midwest location near a lake; both in places named after a lake; Lake Forest in Ordinary People; Camp Crystal Lake in Friday the 13th. Both center on characters that seem to be caught in a downward tragic spiral of some sort, not of their own making. Also, the boy who drowns in both stories shared the same name. In Friday the 13th that boy is named Jason. The name of the boy who drowns in Ordinary People was named Jordan Jarrett in the Judith Guest novel; and his nickname is Buck. But in the early drafts of the screenplay (which can be viewed online) his name is Jason; just like the Friday the 13th character. Eventually the filmmakers dropped the "Jason" and just stuck to the character's nickname, Buck. But the similarities are still striking.
  • Many critics and bloggers commented about how Vera Sanchez' death by spear gun in Friday the 13th part 3 was the first and only projectile type death in the series. In other words it was a death which does not include Jason (or Mrs. Voorhees) stabbing them, or Jason directly physically assaulting them in some way. But actually there was a projectile death in Part 1 off screen. Bill was shot with a bunch of arrows by Pamela Voorhees and impaled against the shed door. That would also qualify as a projectile type death.
  • Most of the stars of the original movie were actually Broadway stars; who were sent over by a Broadway casting agency. The movie debuted in a Broadway movie house; not coincidentally.
  • If Pam Vorhees was so mad at the Christies and the counselors of Camp for letting Jason drown why didn't she report it to the police? And when Steve sees her at the ending; he doesn't seem to know she's mad at him, and they still seem to to be friendly. He sees her and politely says "Oh hi! What are you doing out here in all this mess?" Did Mrs. Vorhees ever confront the Christies before she just started running around killing counselors and poisoning people and stuff? Does Steve not remember her son is the one that drown; why are they still friendly? Why don't the townspeople know that Jason Vorhees was the one that drown; they just all say that a boy drown; they never say anything about it being the son of Mrs. Vorhees. Did Mrs. Vorhees not tell anyone.
  • Victor Miller admits he was subconsciously inverting the Psycho formula. Where instead of the son having a split personality and pretending to be the mother; we have the mother pretending to be the son.
  • Irrelevantly, John Furey and Kimberly Beck both appeared in the Friday the13th films, and on Eight Is Enough, the TV show.
  • Corey Feldman and John Furey both appeared on Cheers and in a Friday the 13th film..
  • Ginny Field/ AKA AMy Steel, the final girl in part 2; is not only routinely named one of the best Final Girls in the franchise; but but the best final girl in the whole horror cannon.
  • Almost every Friday the 13th movie has a prankster; or a comic relief character. In Friday the 13th part 2, it's Ted; played by Stu Charno. In the middle of part 2 Ted tells Ginny and Paul he's going into town to get some beers. Ironically; this characters winds up avoiding the slaughter by not missing the last call. Since he stays in town all night long; chasing Beers and girls; he is able to avoid Jason. Ted is only one of the characters who survives the carnage simply by going off and partying for the rest of the movie; in every other Friday the 13th the characters that are introduced are all killed off except for the final girl (and sometimes there's a final girl and a final guy). Ted is not the final guy or girl; he's just goes off and parties; and miraculously for a slasher movie, this saves him.
  • Two of the original auditionees for Alice and Mrs. Voorhees were Sally Field and Estelle Parsons; and they were seriously being considered for the parts until Sean Cunningham went with Adrienne King and Betsy Palmer. If Cunnningham had gone with Field and Parsons; that would mean that Friday the13th was starring two Oscar Winning actresses.
  • Jason's mask originally belongs to a fat guy named Shelly in part 3.
  • Though she was hired to play the sexually active Sandra in Friday the 13th part 2; the one who famously gets speared through her bed by Jason while she's with her boyfriend Jeff; Marta Kober admits when she first met with producers she was actually an under-aged emancipated minor at the time. (These scene was a ripoff of Last Twitch of the Death Nerve; which has an almost identical scene of lovers getting skewered by the killer while in a compromising position).
  • We never meet Jason's father in the Friday the 13th movies. But in the comics and novelizations of the series they describe a character named Elias Voorhees who is Jason's father; who is very cruel and abusive to him.
  • There are only two occasions in any Friday the 13th films where kids/campers are actually shown - the kids in the introduction to Part 1, and the kids featured in Part 6. In Part 2, the plot takes place before the campers arrive, and all the other movies don't involve the actual camp at all; the stories just revolve around Crystal Lake itself.
  • Originally Pamela Vorhees was going to struggle with Barry and Claudette; and lose her small finger from one of her hands in the fight; as she is killing them. Later at the ending; when she is confronting Alice; the audience would see that Pamela has no pinky finger on her right hand ( as she is telling the Jason-drowning story); suddenly revealing her to be the killer. Special effects limitations did not allow Cunningham to film it this way. Instead we see Pamela (masked and anonymous at the beginning as the killer) driving her jeep at the beginning; as she stages the killing of Annie. At the ending when Pamela drives up to the camp to confront Alice; she is driving the jeep again; this is the audience clue that she is the killer.
  • Savini and Cunningham have said in interviews that Barry and Claudette's killing at the beginning, which is offscreen and only hinted at; is meant to be coy; to throw the audience off for the brutal killings that would follow.
  • Many of the characters in this franchise (including the killer in part 1) have Triskaidekaphobia. That is fear of Friday the 13th.
  • Betsy Palmer tells fans she has no idea who this character in the hockey mask is since her son Jason drowned in 1957. Although ironically she has posed with Warrington Gillette and other hockey-masked Jason actors in funny "mother and son hugging" pictures at the fan conventions.
  • The killer of this movie is just named Mrs. Voorhees. Her first name is not revealed as "Pamela" until a shot of her grave stone is shown in Part 4 The Final Chapter.
  • Jason was born in 1950; that makes him about 68 at this point. (He's a senior citizen at this point). Michael Meyers is a senior citizen too . So is Freddy Krueger; they are all old men in their 60s at this point.
  • One critic hilariously called Mrs. Voorhees and Jason "serial killer c--- blockers."
  • Betsy Palmer was fifty-three when the movie was filmed.
  • Launched the acting careers of both Adrienne King and Kevin Bacon. Actually this was not Bacon's first movie; National Lampoon's Animal House was; he starred as Chip Diller, one of the leaders of the Omega fraternity; the evil fraternity that is bullying and fighting with the Deltas. He had a sizable speaking role in that film. In between Animal House and Friday the 13th he starred in Starting Over , and the 1980 superhero spoof Hero at Large, starring John Ritter.
  • Although everyone compares this to Halloween; and even screenwriter Victor Miller and Director Sean Cunningham have admitted they were ripping off Halloween when they developed this; this movie bears a resemblance (maybe unintentionally) to a much older movie from Hollywood: 1945's "And Then There Were None." And Then There Were None is one of the original slasher movies. Although it is technically a detective mystery; if you look at the plot structure and how it progresses; 10 people isolated in a remote house or location; the prophecy at the beginning of the story that they will all be killed; the people being killed off gorily by a mystery killer one by a one; the bodies turning up here there and everywhere decorated in a hideous way by the killer to taunt the survivors; all the way till the ending when the final girl faces off against the killer; this definitely fits the structure of a slasher movie. (It's not that different from Friday the 13th; if you think about it! RIght up to the mystery killer, the Final Girl and the surprise ending!) It would be the prototype for other slasher movies to follow; years later; like Psycho; Halloween and Friday the 13th. Coincidentally (or maybe not coincidentally) there are 10 victims in both Friday the 13th and And Then There Were None.
  • The original title of this was always "Friday the 13th." It was part of the original conception as forseen by the film's director and creator, Sean Cunningham. "Long Night at Camp Blood" was just a working title the production was using to keep the film a secret from the general viewing public while they were shooting; it was never a title they were actually going to use. (Contrary to the mythology surrounding the movie). This can all be seen in the documentary about the film, Crystal Lake Memories which can be viewed on Youtube.
  • It's ironic that Barry and Claudette (and the rest of the Camp Crystal Lake counsellors) are singing "Michael, Row The Boat Ashore" at the beginning of the movie, since this is a movie about a boy who drowns.
  • If you listen closely Jason is making a strange screaming sound in the dream sequence as he jumps from the water.
  • Most of the people involved in the original movie thought it was just a cash grab, a quick way to make money, including director Sean Cunningham, screenwriter Victor Miller, and Betsy Palmer, he star of the movie who played Mrs. Voorhees the killer. Both Cunningham and Palmer said in interviews they were just trying to pay bills when they made this movie. None of them had much respect for the integrity and the artistry of the story they were creating; it was an obvious self-aware attempt to rip off and cash in on the Halloween phenomenon. In spite of that it has become one of the most successful and beloved horror series ever.
  • "Palmer, who figures into an admittedly bravura ending, slaughters teens holed up in a woodsy summer camp. Young people unexpectedly made this gory, cardboard thriller a box office smash, one more clue to why SAT scores continue to decline. Rates higher than a BOMB (or zero stars) simply because it's slightly better than part 2. Followed by a seemingly never ending series of sequels. * 1/2 stars". From Leonard Martin's 2009 Movie Guide. Maltin, like many reviewers, hated the gratuitous gore in the movie, but begrudgingly praised the effective ending, and surprisingly gave the film something other than his usual, most frequently given out **1/2 ( two and a half stars ) rating.
  • They were warned...They are doomed...And on Friday the13th, nothing will save them. Tagline for original Friday the 13th poster.
  • This is the only Friday the 13th movie where the killer slaps one of the victims. It's also the only Friday the 13th where the killer talks, and also the only Friday the 13th where the killer drives.
  • The female counselor (Annie) who is hitch hiking her way to the camp is shown getting in the after her ride, back out of an Oil delivery truck in front of a corner store, literally on the corner of the road leading up to the actual camp. Also, on the passenger door of the Oil truck has a real phone number if you added in the ONLY area code back in 1980 for northern NJ. It also says...Waterloo Rd. Stanhope, NJ. On the side is a real Oil supply company for oil heated homes which were common in rural parts of NJ back in 1980. The company name is Elston Oil Supply - Fuel Oil & Diesel. She gets let off at a real cemetery named...Moravian Cemetery - Hope, NJ as it says on the rusted iron sign at the entrance. And the actual lake the camp is located next to is called Sand Pond right next to the Delaware River which crosses into eastern Pennsylvania. All of the places shown in the opening are real places in a total of three counties in the northwesters section of NJ. No other Friday the 13th movie was made in NJ. Closet town to the camp is Blairstown which is about 40 miles southeast.
  • Noted film critic Devin Faraci is an infamous apologist for the Friday the 13th movies. In his recent blog he states the following: "There is no horror series that tops the Friday the 13th films. It reigns supreme in the slasher world, for sure, but even in the wider universe of horror sequels - a wide universe indeed - it is the tops. And the reason for that is simple, and the key to the series' success is something you can apply to your everyday life: consistency." Faraci goes on to say no film series in the history of film has been as consistent as the Friday the 13th series :"If we were to put individual films against each other, no Friday the 13th movie would stand a chance. How could they when we'd be comparing them to films like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre or Halloween or A Nightmare on Elm Street? But the greatness of these foundational films is also the weakness of their series: when a series begins on such a high note it is all but impossible for the future films to match it. How can you recapture the specific genius of Halloween? The answer is that you can't, which is why John Carpenter tried to change the direction of the series with Halloween III: Season of the Witch. He saw the high water mark he had set and knew that he could not ever again reach it with The Shape. But the producers didn't recognize that, and so they just kept churning out a bunch of terrible sequels. But the first Friday the 13th isn't a work of genius. It doesn't have the revolutionary grunginess Tobe Hooper brought to Leatherface and family. The original Friday the 13th is a very solid movie, a very good entry in the burgeoning slasher genre, a sort of American take on the giallo concept. Unlike the other classic slasher series, the first Friday doesn't even set up the iconography of the series. While the other series came out of the gate in a blaze of brilliance, Friday the 13th ambled onto the track like Jason Voorhees, moving at a reasonable pace and happy to let the other runners exhaust themselves."
  • Roger Ebert notoriously hated the Friday the 13th films. He ends this write-up with "*This review will suffice for the Friday the 13th film of your choice."The pre-title sequence showed one of the heroines of the original Friday The 13th, alone at home. She has nightmares, wakes up, undresses, is stalked by the camera, hears a noise in the kitchen. She tiptoes into the kitchen. Through the open window, a cat springs into the room. The audience screamed loudly and happily: It's fun to be scared. Then an unidentified man sunk an ice pick into the girl's brain, and, for me, the fun stopped...This movie is a cross between the Mad Slasher and Dead teenager genres; about two dozen movies a year feature a mad killer going berserk, and they're all about as bad as this one. Some have a little more plot, some have a little less. It doesn't matter. "
  • Alice Hardy is shown painting in the movie; we can see her pictures in one scene. Adrienne King is an artist in real life as well, that's where Cunningham and Miller got the idea to put it in the script.
  • Steve Miner is the only person that has crossed over from the Friday the 13th films to the Halloween films, having directed both Friday the 13th part 2 and Halloween H20.
  • Ends with a cat fight. One of the biggest cat fights in horror, after the end of Aliens and the end of Carrie, which both also end in cat fights.
  • Was nominated for a Razzie for best movie that year.
  • Kevin Bacon shaved his armpits for the bedroom scene.
  • How did Mrs. Vorhees kill Marcy with a cleaver in the outhouse/bathroom, and then teleport herself seconds later to appear under Jack's bed, aimed with an arrow, so quietly that he never heard her, even though he was awake the whole time? And why didn't Marcy, when she got up from the bunkbed after the love scene with Jack; why didn't she see the dead body in the upper bunk when she stood up and was less than a foot away from it; eye level? And why didn't Jack (or anyone else) hear Marcy's scream in the outhouse just 10 or 20 feet away from the cabin?
  • Sneak Previews film critic Gene Siskel famously spoiled the movie for his readers by giving away the ending of Friday the 13th in his Chicago Tribune collum. And in a mean-spirited and dangerously unprofessional move, he even "doxed" (printed the address of) Friday the 13th star Betsy Palmer, who played killer Pamela Vorhees in the movie, so that people would write the veteran actress in protest! In his giveaway review of the movie he said "the killer turns out to be a little old lady who is grieving the death of her son who drown there". Siskel describes Palmer as a "little old lady", but she was only 52! That's middle-aged! And she looked about 40 in the movie!
  • Ironically Alice dreams that Jason will attack her, and he does!
  • Jason appears in part 1 in flashbacks and dream sequences only. He appears for the first time in present day at the beginning of part 2.
  • There's no reason Jason shouldn't be able to talk. Even if he was Mongoloid, as Victor Miller describes him, or somehow handicapped, he should be able to talk. The only time we hear him talk in the entire series is during the flashback sequence in part 1 when Pamela describes his drowning, and we see him waving his arms around shouting "Help! Help". For some reason for the whole rest of the series he stays silent, and we never learn why.
  • Jason's face is shown at some point in every movie, and in every movie it's dramatically different. In part 1, it's a twisted young boy's Mongoloid face. In part two he almost appears to be a Cyclops, as one eye is drooping way off center, and is only a slit, and he has the most hair we ever see him with. In part three he has two eyes and he is bald, and his face continues to change like that throughout the films in the big face reveal moment that happens in every movie at the end.
  • In his review Gene Siskel famously called director Sean Cunningham "one of the most despicable creatures that has ever infested the film industry".
  • Sean Cunningham cut his teeth in the industry directing softcore porn, and then eventually transitioned into horror with fellow porn afficianado Wes Craven, with whom he directed the 1971 horror classic Last House on the Left.
  • Mocking the Jaws 2 ad campaign, the ads for FTT part 3 had the following tag line: "Just when you thought it was safe, Jason's back and he's better than ever!"
  • Both Betsy Palmer and Corey Feldman appeared in Friday the 13th, both in the 1984 entry Friday the 13th the Final Chapter; Corey played young camper Tommy Jarvis, and Betsy appeared in an extended flashback sequence as Pamela Vorhees. Irrelevantly, they also both appeared on the Love Boat in 1982, along with hundreds of other people.

Spoilers

  • The film's Make-up Effects Artist (Tom Savini) doubles for Brenda in the shot in which her body is thrown through a window.
  • Estelle Parsons was originally signed on to play Mrs. Voorhees, but eventually declined. Her agent cited that the film was too violent, and did not know what kind of actress would play such a part.
  • In the original first draft of the script, Mrs. Voorhees was supposed to lose her little finger while attempting to kill Barry.
  • Betsy Palmer worked on the film for ten days, for which she received one thousand dollars per day.
  • Betsy Palmer said that if it were not for the fact that she was in desperate need of a new car, she would never have accepted the role of Pamela Voorhees. In fact, after she read the script, she called the movie "a piece of shit". Over the years, however, Palmer did warm up to the film, as it made her more famous than infamous, and made appearances at conventions and in documentaries to discuss it.
  • In the script, Marcie's death scene was originally meant to show an arrow hitting her chest in the archery area. Despite popular belief, this was never filmed.
  • During the first few weekends of the film's release, Make-up and Effects Artist Tom Savini would go into theaters for the last five minutes of the show to see the audience react to Jason emerging from the lake and grabbing Alice.
  • Body count: eleven (including the snake).
  • Composer Harry Manfredini has said that contrary to popular belief, the famous "Chi, chi, chi; ha, ha, ha" in the film's score is actually "Ki, ki, ki; ma, ma, ma". It is meant to resemble Jason's voice saying "Kill, kill, kill; mom, mom, mom" in Mrs. Voorhees's mind. It was inspired by the scene in which Pamela Voorhees suffers from schizophrenia and chants, "Get her, mommy! Kill her!" Manfredini created the effect by speaking the syllables "ki" and "ma" into a microphone running through a delay effect.
  • Kevin Bacon's character, lying in bed with his throat impaled by an arrow, has the blood in his neck making little bubbles. Originally, it was just meant to seep out, but the arrangement of the tube with blood didn't work, and Tom Savini ended up blowing into the tube to make it flow, causing an unintended (but ultimately used) bubbling effect.
  • In the scene where Bill is found impaled to a door with arrows, his eye twitches continually because the eye effect that Tom Savini applied was actually burning Harry Crosby's eye and causing him excruciating pain.
  • The filmmakers never intended to make this the launching pad for the series that followed. According to Victor Miller, Jason was only meant as a plot device, and not intended to continue on his mother's grisly work.
  • There is rumored to be a deleted scene featuring the murder of Claudette. The crew of the film dismissed this, including Tom Savini, who said he never even worked on the opening scene. There is, however, a still of Claudette with a machete in her throat, although that may have been shot purely for promotional material.
  • One critic (Gene Siskel) was so angry at Betsy Palmer's role in the movie (which had angered many of her fans), that he published her address in his magazine, and encouraged people to write her and protest her. He published the wrong address.
  • Top-billed Betsy Palmer does not actually appear on screen for more than thirteen minutes. A stand-in male actor was used for the first seventy minutes of the film, in which she is never supposed to be recognized.
  • At one point, Mrs. Voorhees slaps Alice around a few times. Having worked on-stage for years, Betsy Palmer was used to really striking her co-stars with a cupped hand along the jawline to achieve the scene. Sean S. Cunningham had to tell her about faking the blows and cheating with camera angles.
  • The knife used by Mrs. Voorhees in the film was a Sabre Monarch 171 Bowie knife.
  • Years before the film was even conceived, Betsy Palmer spent her summers growing up on Crystal Lake in Warsaw, Indiana.
  • Mrs. Voorhees explains at the end about how her killing spree came on the anniversary of her dead son's birthday. She never specifies the date. They almost forgot to even mention Friday the 13th at all, until Sean S. Cunningham told Victor Miller they can't call it Friday the 13th, as cool as a title as it may be, without at least one reference to that day in the actual script. So, at one point a side character exclaims, "It's a full moon and a Friday the 13th."
  • Louise Lasser was considered for the role of Mrs. Voorhees.
  • Dorothy Malone was considered for the role of Mrs. Voorhees.
  • Betsy Palmer, a method actress gave Mrs. Voorhees a detailed backstory. She imagined that Mrs. Voorhees hated sexual transgression. because she had Jason out of wedlock with a high school boyfriend, and her parents ultimately disowned her for her sins because that "isn't something that good girls do."
  • In Victor Miller 's original script, the character of Jason Voorhees was, basically, just a kid who accidentally drowned in Crystal Lake. But financier Philip Scuderi wanted something more, and brought in Ron Kurz for some re-writes. One of Kurz's most important contributions to the film, was to transform the tragic boy into the deformed child we see in the final movie.
  • For his death scene, Kevin Bacon had to crouch under the bed and insert his head through a hole in the mattress. Then, a latex neck and chest appliance were attached to give the appearance that he was actually lying down. Getting the set-up right took several hours, and Bacon had to stay in that uncomfortable position the entire time. For the bloody final moment, Tom Savini-also under the bed-would plunge the arrow up and through the fake neck, while his assistant-also under the bed-operated a pump that would make the fake blood flow up through the appliance. To further complicate things, the crew needed someone to stand in for the killer's hand as it held Bacon's head down, and they settled on still photographer Richard Feury. So, after several hours of set-up, and latex building and planning, it was finally time to shoot the scene, and when the moment of truth came, the hose for the blood pump disconnected. Knowing that he basically only had one take (otherwise they'd have to build a new latex appliance and set everything up again), Taso N. Stavrakis grabbed the hose and blew into it until blood flowed out, saving the scene. "I had to think quickly, so I just grabbed the hose and blew like crazy which, thankfully, caused a serendipitous arterial blood spray," Stavrakis said. "The blood didn't taste that bad either."
  • The story of who invented the final scare in the film, in which a deformed Jason bursts out of the lake and grabs Alice from her canoe, is disputed. Victor Miller, Tom Savini, and uncredited Screenwriter Ron Kurz all claim credit for it, Kurz because he claims to be the one who made Jason into a "creature," and Savini because he claims the moment was inspired by a similar final scare in Carrie (1976). Whatever the case, it left a lasting impression.
  • Shelley Winters was the first choice for Pamela Voorhees, but she wasn't interested.
  • The character of Crazy Ralph was meant to establish two functions: foreshadow the events to come, and insinuate that he could actually be the murderer. Sean S. Cunningham has stated that he was apprehensive about including the character, and is not sure if he accomplished his goal of creating a new suspect.
  • Betsy Palmer was padded out and had to wear lots of layers of clothes to bulk her up, because Sean S. Cunningham wanted her to look more masculine.
  • Taso N. Stavrakis subbed for Betsy Palmer as well, which involved Annie being chased through the woods by Mrs. Voorhees, although you only see a pair of legs running after her. Palmer had just arrived into town when those scenes were about to be filmed, and was not in the physical shape necessary to chase Robbi Morgan around the woods. Morgan's training as an acrobat assisted her in these scenes, as her character was required to leap out of a moving Jeep when she discovers that Mrs. Voorhees does not intend to take her to the camp.
  • Robbi Morgan's training as an acrobat assisted her in the chase scenes, as her character was required to leap out of a moving Jeep when she discovers that Mrs. Voorhees does not intend to take her to the camp.
  • Sean S. Cunningham wanted to make the Mrs. Voorhees character "terrifying", and to that he believed it was important that Palmer not act "over the top." There was also the fear that Betsy Palmer's past credits, as more of a wholesome character, would make it difficult to believe she could be scary.
  • Sean S. Cunningham instructed Victor Miller to come up with a "chair jumper of an ending. Kind of like Carrie (1976)." Miller decided to approximate the Carrie ending as closely as possible without actually plagiarizing it. So the graveside dream sequence, became the killer jumping out of the water at the heroine. This ending wound up being more similar to the ending of Deliverance (1972), which is exactly what Brian De Palma admits he was re-working, when he came up with the ending to Carrie.
  • The original plan was for Alice to be a reoccurring hero in this series, continually facing off against Jason again and again in sequel after sequel, kind of like Laurie Strode was a reoccurring hero in the Halloween series. But after Adrienne King was stalked by a Friday the 13th fan during the release of the original film, she said she wanted out. So her character was killed off at the beginning of the sequel.
  • Sean S. Cunningham refused to direct the sequel, because he did not like the Jason-comes-back-from-the-dead storyline that the studio was pushing on him. He said that was too stupid, and wouldn't work. He now admits how wrong he was, as the series flourished afterward, with Jason as the villain, and Jason has become one of the icons of horror films.
  • Academy Award Nominee Penelope Milford was fresh off her Oscar Nomination when she was offered the role of Brenda- the producers thought because she was such a big name at the time that people would show up to see her and Academy Award Winner Estelle Parsons in the film. The producers also suspected that people would expect them to survive, being the two most famous members of the cast, therefore they both were to play characters who died, shocking the audience. When Milford declined the role, Parsons bowed out shortly thereafter.
  • This came out the same year as Ordinary People, and both were about a boy drowning and the disastrous impact this has on all the characters. Both also have a vindictive mother, who unfairly punishes the people around her for the boy drowning.
  • In the beginning, as Annie is killed, you can clearly see that it is a fake throat patted on her when the knife goes through, even by the difference of the skintones. Her face is white, while her fake throat is a mixture of white, green, and brown.
  • The Body count in Friday The 13th: 1. Jason Voorhees (Drowning) Onscreen 2. Barry (Stabbed in Gut by hunting knife) Onscreen 3. Claudette (Throat Slit by Machete) Offscreen 4. Annie Philips (Throat slit by hunting knife) Onscreen 5. Ned Rubenstein (Deep throat slit by hunting Knife) Offscreen (Corpse shown later) 6. Jack Burrel (Stabbed in Throat by Arrow) Onscreen 7. Marcie Stanler (Axed in face by Axe) Onscreen 8. Brenda Jones (Shot 3 times with Bow and Arrow, once in stomach, once in right shoulder blade, once in left shoulder blade, tied to rope and wooden board, thrown through window) Offscreen (Corpse shown later) 9. Steve Christy (Stabbed in chest by hunting knife) Onscreen 10. Bill Freeburg (Shot in eye with Arrow, Shot in Chest with Arrow, Shot in Groin by Arrow, Slit throat by Arrow, Shot in neck by Arrow, hung to door) Offscreen (Corpse shown later) 11. Pamela Voohees (Decapitated by Machete) Onscreen
  • In the place where Annie gets down from the truck you can see a cemetery. In the archway entrance two lines can be seen, the upper saying "Cemetery Moravias" and the lower "Hope, NJ."
  • The ending, where Alice gets attacked by Jason in the boat on Crystal Lake, was originally supposed to be a dream. Sean Cunningham was trying to copy the end of Carrie. ( DePalma himself was copying the ending of "Deliverance"; which also had someone reaching out of the water at the audience after one of the characters killed him).
  • Alice Hardy was the killer of Pamela Voorhees which logically sets up Jason Voorhees killing Alice in Part 2.
  • Annie was hired as a cook and was killed by Pamela Voorhees, who was two decades earlier, a cook at the camp.
  • Early in the film Brenda is standing next to a bullseye on the archery range where Ned shoots an arrow to scare her. This foreshadows the characters death as it happens in the archery range and presumably by a bow and arrow.
  • Wes Wall was considered for the role of Mrs. Voorhees
  • King first realized how big the movie truly was when Fangoria invited her to a horror convention. "They would all ask me that question, 'Do you live because you didn't take your clothes off?' Or 'Did you live because you were a good girl?' I said 'I just had a mean swing. You know, me and my machete.'"
  • The scene where Marcie almost gets shot by an arrow, is a foreshadow of two deaths in the movie. Bill, played by Harry Crosby, is killed off screen, but Alice discovers him when she opens a shed door and sees him impaled by many arrows up to the wall of the door. Kevin Bacon's Jack Marand character has one of the most famous murders in the movie; he smokes in bed and then Pamela Voorhees slaps her hand over his head, pinning him down; and impales his neck from behind with an arrow as well.
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