What a great way to spend an evening on the 13th that falls on a Friday by heading to Cineworld and checking out the classic horror Friday the 13th back on the big screen.
Friday the 13th (1980) is a classic horror film that has left an indelible mark on the genre. Directed by Sean S. Cunningham, the film takes place in the idyllic Camp Crystal Lake, where a group of young counsellors is preparing for the reopening of the long-abandoned summer camp. Little do they know that a lurking evil is waiting to unleash its wrath.
With a chilling atmosphere and suspenseful storytelling, Friday the 13th delivers heart-pounding scares and a sense of dread that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats. The film skillfully builds tension as the counsellors fall victim, one by one, to a mysterious and relentless killer. The iconic masked murderer, Jason Voorhees, has become a pop culture icon, inspiring countless sequels and cementing his place in horror lore.
Released in 1980, Friday the 13th is notable for its influential role in shaping the slasher subgenre. It introduced audiences to a new level of terror, combining elements of suspense, gore, and unexpected twists. The film’s success paved the way for a long-running franchise, making it a must-watch for horror enthusiasts and fans of cinematic history.
I have to say that it was great to relive the fear and excitement of Friday the 13th as it returned to the big screen, offering a unique opportunity to experience this horror classic in all its bone-chilling glory.
The release that I saw at Cineworld tonight certainly looked great on the big screen, the images were crisp & clean and the colours popped on the big screen. The soundtrack boomed and I was surprised at how good the mono soundtrack sounded in the cinema damn it was loud, but that’s not a bad thing to pick up more on the famous “ki ki ki, ma ma ma“.
I’ve watched Sean S. Cunningham’s classic horror so many times I’ve lost count but to finally get the chance to see the film on the big screen was certainly a special experience. My only issue was how much people’s attitude to classic horror movies has changed, especially those of a certain age who seem to be around 16 to mid 20s with them laughing out very loudly in many of the scenes.
OK so Friday the 13th may not be the gorefest and over-laden CGI horror that modern films seem to be, but this is certainly a classic that has become a favourite to many. Maybe it’s just me being a big film fan and having fond memories of seeing the film on VHS back in the 80s.
Thank you to Cineworld for bringing this classic 80s horror back to the big screen, I’m really enjoying the Horror Season that they have this month and now I’m getting excited to see John Carpenter’s Christine back on the big screen on Wednesday the 18th.