Friday the 13th is a 1980 American slasher film produced and directed by Sean S. Cunningham and written by Victor Miller. The film tells the story of a group of teenagers who are murdered one by one by an unknown killer while attempting to re-open an abandoned campground, and stars Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Harry Crosby, Laurie Bartram, Kevin Bacon, Jeannine Taylor, Mark Nelson and Robbi Morgan.

Prompted by the success of John Carpenter's Halloween,Script error the film was made on an estimated budget of $550,000 and released by Paramount Pictures in the United States and by Warner Bros.[1] in Europe. When originally released, the film received negative reviews from film critics, while managing to gross over $39.7 million at the box office in the United States.Script error In the years that followed, retrospective reviews for the film have been more positive, and it has become a cult classic.

Aside from being the first movie of its kind to secure distribution in the US by a major studio (Paramount Pictures),[2] the film's box office success led toa long series of sequels, a crossover with A Nightmare on Elm Street, and a 2009 series reboot.


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  2. McCarty, John (July 1984). Splatter Movies: Breaking the Last Taboo of the Screen. St. Martin's Press, page 2. ISBN 0-312-75257-1. 

Works cited

  • Grove, David (February 2005). Making Friday the 13th: The Legend of Camp Blood. United Kingdom: FAB Press. ISBN 1-903254-31-0. 

  • Shary, Timothy (2012). Teen Movies: American Youth on Screen. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0-231-50160-6. 

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