John Carpenter's low budget shocker "Halloween" scared the pants off millions of people and spawned a genre in 1978- the slasher film. "Halloween" was so fresh and different and influential that tons of copycat imitations soon followed. "Friday the 13th", another low-budget shocker, hit movie screens that summer of 1980 and became a box office smash. Basically taking the same principle of "Halloween", "Friday the 13th" added some very shocking and creative murder sequences, Kevin Bacon, a camp in the woods, and a shock ending. And became a pop culture phenomenon in the process.
The plot is simple really. A group of carefree counselors are all trying to get Camp Crystal Lake opened for the summer, headed by one Steve Christy. Camp Crystal Lake has had a rather unsavory past- a young boy drowned there back in the 50's, two young counselors were murdered, and problems with fires and bad water all have given the camp a "cursed" reputation by locals. But Christy is determined that it's all hogwash, and sees a golden opportunity in re-opening the camp. All is fun and games at first, but soon we find out an unseen presence is with them in the woods- watching, stalking, and murdering them one by one.