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ON THIS DAY, 1980...

Friday the 13th was released in cinemas on May 9, 1980. The film is a classic horror directed by Sean S. Cunningham and is one of the most iconic entries in the slasher film genre.

The plot revolves around the reopening of Camp Crystal Lake, which had been closed for years due to a series of tragic events. As the counsellors arrive to prepare the camp for its reopening, they become the targets of a mysterious killer who lurks in the woods surrounding the area.

The killer, later revealed as Pamela Voorhees, seeks vengeance for the death of her son Jason, who drowned at the camp years earlier due to the negligence of the counselors.

The film is known for its suspenseful atmosphere, shocking death scenes, and the iconic character of Jason Voorhees, who would go on to become one of the most recognizable villains in horror cinema.

Although Jason himself does not don his signature hockey mask until later films in the series, his presence looms large over the proceedings.

Friday the 13th spawned numerous sequels, spin-offs, and a remake, solidifying its place in horror movie history. The film's success also contributed to popularising the slasher genre in the 1980s and inspired many imitators.

Despite its simple premise, Friday the 13th remains a favourite among horror fans for its effective scares and memorable moments.


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