Friday the 13th (1980) DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 9.0
Video 9.0
Audio 9.0
Special Features 10
Total 9.3
Distributor: Roadshow
Running Time: 91 Minutes
Classification: R18+
Reviewer:
Felix Staica

9.3


Friday the 13th
(1980)

One for the fans! Made in 1980 and even then looking backward (to the 1950s), this omigod-you-have-to-see-it horror milestone will be familiar to people who know this sort of thing. And if you don’t, it’s not a bad place to start.

It’s summer and Camp Crystal Lake has a new owner who wants to revitalise the place after it has been closed for years. The counsellors come early to prepare. Unfortunately, one by one their numbers are cut. The super-natural mystery is never quite solved. The fun in this decidedly R-rated flick is the killing scenes and the lulls of false security in between. We know their relaxation is transitory; it is a slasher movie and should be enjoyed as such!

Friday the 13th does what the genre, and presumably American culture, demands: the fusion of sex and violence. More precisely, sexuality (of the wrong or any kind) is dangerous because it takes our eyes off what we should be doing. The resulting distraction proves deadly—it is a fitting punishment for daring eros.

After all, Jason Voorhees (who famously makes various filmic reincarnations!) only died because his counsellors were caressing each other instead of supervising his lake swim. How is a mother (Betsy Palmer) supposed to cope with such betrayal?

The 2-disc special edition has the film with numerous language subtitles, sound in Dolby 5.1 but also mono (the original film was mono). It has commentary by director Sean S Cunningham, a making-of and a trailer. The second disc has a cast reunion, ‘new recollections’, a bio doco on Cunningham, Lost Tales from Camp Blood Part 1, and ‘vintage featurettes’.

This is, all in all, a romp of a good time to be had between consenting adults. I opted not to watch alone and a damn good choice it was. Having your mates along for the ride is definitely recommended. There is plenty of eye-candy and perhaps the most repellent aspect to arise is the question, Why O why would anyone kill a young Kevin Bacon?

 

Felix Staica






 
 



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