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Friday the 13th (1980)

Director: Sean S. Cunningham Run Time: 95 min. Rating: R Release Year: 1980

Starring: Adrienne King, Betsy Palmer, Harry Crosby, Jeannine Taylor, Laurie Bartram

Country: United States
Language: English

About the film:

The one that started the epic franchise, with select screenings on 35mm film.

A new owner and several young counselors gather to reopen Camp Crystal Lake, where a young boy drowned and several vicious murders occurred years earlier. They’ve ignored the locals’ warnings that the place has a death curse, and one by one they find out how unlucky Friday the 13th can be as they are stalked by a violent killer.

“a hugely influential film that contributed to the 1980s horror boom.”

-Matt Ford for BBC.co.uk

About the filmmaker:

Sean S. Cunningham, terror-meister and master of the gory slasher thriller, began his career as stage manager and actor before making his directorial debut with the pseudo-documentary adult film Together (1971). After producing Wes Craven’s cult horror favorite, Last House on the Left (1972), Cunningham directed a series of low-budget films, hitting the jackpot with Friday the 13th (1980). He has since concentrated on producing, forming Cunningham Productions in 1984.

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