There is nothing like getting a good scare from a movie. It’s both thrilling and fun, and it’s a genre that is unlike any other. Horror movies may not be the kind that you expect to see at the Oscars or winning awards, but they are nevertheless hugely popular, and tend to be big hits at the box office.
The late ‘70s and early ‘80s, in particular, was a time that saw the rise of the popular slasher, horror film genre. Between films like Carrie, Halloween, and Friday the 13th, there was no shortage of ways to get scared in theater. Many believe that Friday the 13th was especially a game changer in the horror film world. It went on to spawn a huge franchise that as of now has produced 11 films based on the original, plus comic books, toys, and video games as well.
The original Friday the 13th was first released in 1980, and featured a mostly unknown cast at the time, including a young Kevin Bacon. The story centered around a group of young adults who were hired as camp counselors at Camp Crystal Lake, and were preparing the camp to reopen soon for campers in the summer. But on the 13th of the month, a Friday, things quickly took a turn for the worse when a killer shows up to the camp. One by one the counselors are picked off, and meet their untimely demise, until one young woman, Alice comes face to face with the killer, Pamela Voorhees. It was a twist that no one at the time could have seen coming.
The sequel, Friday the 13th Part 2, was released just one year later, following the first film’s huge success. But instead of Mrs. Voorhees, it was her son Jason who was the villian. Something about Jason as the killer worked with audiences, and from there the franchise was born. Today, Jason Voorhees is probably one of the most recognizable killers and villian in pop culture history.
It’s been 38 years since the first movie was first released, and 37 since the second, and a lot has certainly changed since then. As the franchise continues to grow, with another movie expected by 2020, why not take a look back at everything that happened behind the scenes with those first two iconic movies. You might be surprised at who got injured for real during filming, or the careers that some of the cast members went on to have.