“A Surprising Suspenseful Thriller”
“Did You Know A Young Boy Drowned The Year Before Those Two Others Were Killed? The Counselors Weren't Paying Any Attention... They Were Making Love While That Young Boy Drowned. His Name Was Jason.”
“You Think You're Gonna Last All Summer?”
“The Boy, Is He Dead Too?”
“Pretty Good, Can't Wait For The Remake”
“Originality And Simplicity Counts.”
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
For all its shoddiness, the film manages, just barely, to achieve its ignoble goals -- it delivers what it promises.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Reader
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Tim Dirks - Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
It depicts what is surely the first recorded instance of the game "Strip Monopoly" and would later inspire Wet Hot American Summer, and we should all be grateful for that.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
Beware of this infamous, sadistic slasher film.
Charles Cassady - Common Sense Media
It hasn't aged well; its nonstyle renders it pretty sedate these days.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Within the dead-teenie realm it achieves a certain classicism
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
Has there ever been a more unimaginative exercise in big-screen terror?
Rob Nelson - City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
What makes the movie work is that the slasher genre hadn't been set in stone yet, and some choices that director Sean S. Cunningham makes in the film that work against type.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
a campfire boogeyman story designed to do little more than build tension and deliver a few well-timed shocks, which it does with precision and even a bit of artistry
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
- Screen International
How do you sum up a movie that's really quite awful yet helped define a filmmaking era?
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
...a woefully bad slasher flick, complete with an inept cast (including Kevin Bacon in uncomfortably tight shorts); laborious pacing; and an interminable catfight climax.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Whether you want to credit or blame Friday the 13th for its role in influencing modern cineplex cinema is a matter of taste. [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Friday the 13th set the tone for the modern slasher flick. So you know which film to blame for all those lousy horror films.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
You really have to wonder what exactly made the Friday the 13th series so wildly successful.
Jeremiah Kipp - Slant Magazine
...perhaps more than any other film, it helped to popularize the slasher genre and codify the formula.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
A skillful, if by-the-numbers, horror pic.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
A classic Bacon
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
It may be one of the most famous, but it's certainly not an original on which others are based.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
Unsophisticated by today's standards perhaps, but still contains plenty to satisfy the dedicated gore-hound.
Makes not the slightest attempt to hide the outright theft of every one of its ideas from much better films.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Friday the 13th emerges not as an outstanding slasher film, but as a succinctly formulaic one.
Rumsey Taylor - Not Coming to a Theater Near You
I say it's the worst.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
A tame, poorly plotted serving of schlock, less horrific for its ketchup-smeared murders than for the bare-faced fashion in which it tries and fails to rip off Carpenter's Halloween in matters of style and construction.
- Time Out
Pure slasher goodness!
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Classic but forgettable teen-camp slasher
Andreas Samuelson - Slasherpool
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Chuck O'Leary - Fantastica Daily
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
The whole film is one of the best arguments for resuming movie censorship to come along in years.
Joseph Litsch - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
Sarah Chauncey - Reel.com
Spence D. - IGN Movies
Suprisingly scary and atmospheric, especially compared to its garish sequels
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
It's a classic, for sure, just an awfully cheesy one.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
It started it all, but it's not really a part of the series being more a whodunit, even if by now we all know who it was.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Brandon Judell - PopcornQ
Decent slasher flick, albeit undeserving of the 10 sequels it spawned.
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
Long before Jason, and the endless machinations of dumb sequels, Friday the 13th represented the purest form of terror.
David Grove - Film Threat
A franchise with such longevity implies that there was a good movie at the start of it all. Not this time.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
A dreadful piece of trash.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
A hugely influential film that contributed to the 1980s horror boom.
Matt Ford - BBC
The slasher king.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
There's a hollow cracking sound as the killer's identity is divulged. It's your jaw hitting the floor.
John Paul Powell - Jam! Movies