It’s that time of year again. That time of year when football is in full swing, the kids are back to school, there’s a bit of a nip in the air, and yes, Halloween is right around the corner. All Hallow’s Eve, that pagan holiday that originally honored the dead and is now celebrated with ghoulish costumes, an abundance of candy, haunted hay rides, haunted houses, Jack O’ Lanterns and of course good old-fashioned horror movies. So, this month each film that comes from “The Bargain Bin” is going to be a movie that represents the horror movie genre. We all have our favorite horror flicks and maybe your favorite will creep out of the Little Bin of Horrors this month. Who knows, maybe the first horror movie that rises from the dead this week just may be one of your favorites or maybe you’ll feel that it isn’t very horrific at all. There’s only one way to find out and that is to read on…….if you dare!
Horror movie preparation: First of all pop some popcorn and pour your favorite beverage. Popcorn is a very necessary accompaniment to the horror movie experience. What’s a horror movie without popcorn flying out of your bowl when you get that dreaded surprise scare, right ? Next, you have to turn the lights off. Let’s face it, it just isn’t the same experience with the lights on. Now, and I feel that this is an important step in the process, turn off that damn cell phone. A cell phone ring does nothing but ruin the whole experience. You can do it, I know you can. Finally, sit down with your popcorn and beverage and allow yourself to be scared. Sometimes you have to become a kid again to really enjoy a good scare. All set? Now get ready to take a ride to the infamous……….Camp Crystal Lake!
Friday the 13th
(Alt movie poster from the redo of the film but I liked it so I used it.)
Directed by: Sean S. Cunningham
Written By: Victor Miller, Sean S. Cunningham
Starring: Betsy Palmer, Kevin Bacon, Adrienne King, and Jeanine Taylor
It’s Friday the 13th, Camp Crystal Lake, 1958 and the counselors are all singing joyful sing-a-longs around the cabin fire but it’s make out time for two of the sinning counselors. We all know that this sort of behavior is unacceptable and someone is going to make their disapproval known. Ch-ch-ch-ch-ah-ah-ah-ah!
Present day (1980) and the past is in the past. There are new counselors now and it’s time for the counselors to prepare for the upcoming campers. Warnings are cast by a local store customer to a lost counselor looking for the camp, “camp blood” the customer refers to the camp as and then the local crazy Ralph isn’t afraid to make a statement as well, “you’re going to camp blood ain’t ya, you’ll never come back again”. It’s got a death curse.” But why would a pretty young lady heed such crazy warnings from such local yokels in a one horse town? Well, lets just say this certain pretty young counselor should have taken the local’s advice. Getting to camp is half the battle.
Once at the camp the other hormone crazed counselors get to work. Gotta set up the archery station, perform minor maintenance, smoke some doobs and play some strip Monopoly. Unfortunately, crazy Ralph continues making appearances and casting loony warnings that go unheard, “you’re doomed, you’re all doomed”! Maybe crazy Ralph isn’t so crazy after all but he sure gives every indication that he isn’t dealing with a full deck. When you’re an old man saying things like “you’re all doomed” while riding a bicycle with a basket I guess it might be difficult to be taken seriously.
What the hell is crazy Ralph talking about anyway? Well, apparently back in 1958 there was a tragedy involving a young camper by the name of Jason Voorhees.
While the counselors were all sitting around singing “Kumbaya” and making out poor Jason was drowning in Crystal Lake. By the time anyone knew where Jason was it was too late. The story goes that Jason’s tragedy has been avenged for ever since. The mystery is, who has been doing the avenging. Either way, this story of tragedy isn’t stopping any careless teens from misbehaving at good old Crystal Lake. So who is responsible for the murders? You’re just going to have to watch this classic slasher flick to find out. Beware! Bwahahahaha!
After watching Friday the 13th again years ago I realized that the movie was much better than I had remembered, especially compared to the succeeding Friday the 13ths. Part two isn’t so bad and maybe even part three but the rest that followed seemed to get more ridiculous with each sequel. I definitely recommend giving the original another view if you have seen it already and if you haven’t than this slasher flick is simply a must see. I give Friday the 13th 2 badly butchered camp counselors. See you next week with another horror flick in celebration of the Devil’s holiday, Halloween.