Friday, August 13, 2010

Luck Be a Lady With a Butcher Knife

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):

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