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Parents' Guide to

Friday the 13th (1980)

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Infamous, sadistic slasher film has violence, sex.

Movie R 1980 95 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 44 parent reviews

age 18+

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
2 people found this helpful.
age 18+

Friday the 13th

Just two years after John Carpenter's Halloween (1978) this is another suspense horror film, though with a bit more gore than Halloween. The violent scenes and sexuality put this one a notch higher for viewing by kids.

This title has:

Too much violence
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (44 ):
Kids say (159 ):

Unless you award points for the creative, gross-out makeup (by cult-hero special effects artist Tom Savini), FRIDAY THE 13TH isn't a great horror movie. It has not aged very well. Even in the metaphor-stretched world of horror where intellectuals argue that flesh-eating zombies are really symbols of mindless consumerism, nobody defends Friday the 13th that way. Yet this movie series is infamous: Practically every kid knows about it. Hockey-masked "Jason" costumes are popular, and sequels continue to be produced. Too bad the first movie is, well, too bad.

Unlike other popular films in the genre, Friday the 13th hardly works as a whodunit, because the Camp Blood murderer is nobody we've met or really know anything about. That just leaves the movie as one killing after another, with abundant, er, dead space in between. The doomed camp counselors go swimming, play "strip Monopoly," and chat unremarkably. Still, horror fans will be interested to see how the franchise began.

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