Classics: Friday the 13th

I’ve made a return to classics lately: getting back to those books, movies, and other “stuff” that I somehow missed the first time around, whether I wasn’t old enough when it came out or if I somehow dodged the required reading back in high school.

Finally got around to watching the original Friday the 13th last week.  I’d initially confused it with Nightmare on Elm street when my friend suggested it, which I’m sure will result in the revocation of my horror honor badge.

I wish I could take credit for the following observation, but it was actually my friend’s thought, and all I had to do with it was saying, “Whoa, dude, you are SO right” when she said it.  But I think it bears mentioning.  One of the biggest differences in this movie versus more modern horror is that the characters in this film had no idea that they were in danger. It wasn’t until the very end that the short-haired blond chick had any clue that someone was after her.  For the rest, it was just random killing:  a faint glimmer for the viewer that something is amiss, the character stumbles in somewhere either on accident or to investigate, and then squick, it’s the end of the road for them.  Plain and simple.

My friend realized this, pointed it out, and also suggested that the movie might have been better had the characters realized what was going on, so that both we and they could have the suspense of trying to stay safe and get away.  Instead, it was more like random stabbing until the final scenes of the movie.

I’m not at all an expert on the horror genre, but now Friday the 13th has me wondering what other films in the genre are like and how this has changed over time.  Perhaps a marathon is in order.

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