What Was It Like to See Friday the 13th in Theaters in 1980?

Anne Marble
5 min readFeb 24

In the summer of 1980, my boyfriend took me out to see a new movie: the original Friday the 13th. We didn’t know what we were in for.

Content Warning: This article describes gruesome killings from a notorious slasher movie. Even worse, it contains huge spoilers.

The original movie poster of Friday the 13th, showing the outline of a mysterious figure holding a bloody knife. Within the outline, there is an image of young people near a camp cottage in a wooded area.
Friday the 13th Original Poster. (Source: Wikipedia, Fair Use.)

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Anne Marble

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