Hard to believe, but 30 years ago this summer, Sean S. Cunningham's Friday the 13th (1980) was winding up its estimated $30 to $40 million theatrical run. Filmed independently around Blairstown and Hope, N.J. (the camp in the film was Camp NoBeBoSco), Cunningham sold the film to Paramount, who turned it into a multi-part franchise that has continued, for better or worse, right up through the present decade (as with the Star Trek films, your best bet is to stick with the even-numbered entries).
And so, in honor of this milestone, a tribute gallery (and thanks to Fred Adelman at Critical Condition for the newspaper ads):
The Dead Next Door is a blog about regional or "backyard" horror and science fiction films made from the late 1950s to the earlyl 1990s (and beyond). These films were released during the peak years of independent film production, created by a motley crew of seasoned pros, gifted amateurs, and enthusiastic genre fans, along with dozens of eccentric dreamers -- doctors, lawyers, insurance salesmen, publishers, commercial filmmakers, TV production crews and moonlighting pornographers -- all looking for their big break or a fast buck or both.