Friday the 13th

Trivia: In the scene where Alice finds Bill's body hanging on the back of the door to the generator room, the producers purposely did not tell Adrianne King what they were going to do to the body nor did they let her see the body beforehand. When she saw the body during filming it was for the first time. The scream she produced was genuine as it scared her badly. Needless to say, that entire scene was shot in one take.


Trivia: Betsy Palmer was never originally considered for the role. Shelly Winters was the first choice, but was not interested. Betsy Palmer ultimately took the role because she needed money for a new car, as hers broke down as she was traveling back home to Connecticut from New York.

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Trivia: The original "Friday the 13th" was the most successful installment in the series, grossing over $37 million. The whole entire series has grossed in excess of $250 million.


Trivia: The budget for this movie was $500,000.


Trivia: The music in this film and all other Jason movies where it sounds like "kkkkk" and fades is actually supposed to be Jason saying to his mother "kill mom".


Trivia: According to producer/director Sean Cunningham, Shelly Winters was the original choice for Mrs. Voorhees. He wanted a known actress whose career was winding down so the fee would be low. Winters wasn't interested. Estelle Parsons actually negotiated to be in the film, but ultimately backed out. Louise Lasser and Dorothy Malone were also considered before they finally would up with Betsy Palmer, who famously agreed to the role because she needed the money for a new car.

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Trivia: One critic was so angry at Betsy Palmer's role in the movie (which had angered many of her fans), that he published her address in his magazine, and encouraged people to write her and protest her. He published the wrong address.

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Trivia: When Brenda's lifeless body suddenly crashes through the window before a horrified Alice, it's not Ms. Bartram at all. It's none other than Tom Savini, who is also an accomplished stuntman, having donned a nightgown and wig to emulate Ms. Bartram for the stunt.


Trivia: Maybe not really trivia, but something interesting nonetheless. When the murders start happening at the camp, every time a death is shown the weapon used is something that was previously seen being used by one of the victims. Bill and Jack are killed by arrows, which were shown being used by Ned. Marcie is killed with an axe, which is something Steve was using earlier on a stump. Alice kills Mrs. Voorhees with a machete, which Bill used to cut some bush and kill a snake. We never saw the weapon used to kill Steve, while Ned and Brenda's deaths were off screen.


Trivia: It was reportedly makeup effects artist Tom Savini's idea to have Jason leap out of the lake at the end of the film for the final scare. He saw the movie "Carrie" shortly before filming and loved the final scare of that film, and suggested that this movie should end on a similar note with Jason attacking Alice.


Trivia: While most stayed in nearby hotels, several crew members, including makeup effects artist Tom Savini, actually stayed on the campgrounds and slept in the cabins during the shoot.


Trivia: The creators have, to an extent, admitted this movie was more-or-less made as a knock-off John Carpenter's classic slasher-film "Halloween."


Trivia: The film's original title was "A Long Night at Camp Blood." Director Sean Cunningham then suggested "Friday the 13th," because it sounded more dramatic. The script was then re-worked slightly to justify the title change. Reportedly, they had to pay off the producers of the 1979 film "The Orphan" to use the title, as it was released as "Friday the 13th: The Orphan" in some territories.


Plot hole: When Brenda is thrown out the window, Alice immediately runs outside to see Mrs. Vorhees pull up in the jeep. How can this be if she just threw Brenda in the cabin?

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Question: Maybe I've missed the reason, but why is the film called Friday the 13th? I'm sure there is never any reference to that date, so why be titled this?

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Chosen answer: Just after the credits, there's a bank sign that says "Friday, 13 - 7:01 - 60 Degrees". Then the DJ says "It’s 7:01 on Friday the 13th of June." and goes on to say some more about it and lists some other bad luck superstitions. At two other points in the movie, two characters (Ralph and Tierney) say "it's Friday the 13th". So there are at least four references to the fact that the movie takes place on Friday the 13th.


Answer: Sean Cunningham was the one who had an idea for a horror film called "Friday the 13th", because he really felt like it was a can't miss film title. He got with Victor Miller about making a horror film similar to "Halloween" and Miller began writing a script. Miller had titled the first draft "Long Night at Camp Blood", but he admits he's never been good at coming up with titles, so this was just a working title. Cunningham had called Miller and told him he wants to name the film "Friday the 13th" and Miller said "That's great. Unfortunately, there's no reason for that." To which Cunningham replied with "Stick one in." (Which is why there's a few references to the date in the film.) Cunningham was so sure of the film's title that he put an ad in Variety magazine in July before any sort of production of the film had begun.


Answer: Another reason is in the scene where Pamela is talking to Alice she mentions that today was Jason's birthday, Friday the 13th.

Answer: I do not recall any answer, definitive or otherwise, been given to your question. Originally the film was to be called 'Long Night at Camp Blood'. I have no idea why it was changed. Or why the new title was chosen. However the film is set on a Friday the 13th. And it is mentioned as such after the credits when Annie is walking through the town. On the radio, the DJ says as much.

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Answer: After Barry and Claudette was killed by young Pamela in 1958, it then flashes white to Crystal Lake and words in the bottom saying "Friday June 13 The Present." Present means the year 1979.

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