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Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: The Body Count Continues… (May, 1981)

Posted in 1980-1989, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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No one could have predicted the cultural lightning rod and box office phenomenon generated by Friday the 13th, which quickly earned itself a sequel to cash in. Here, Sean Cunningham turned the reins over to his trusted wingman, Steve Miner, who resurrected Jason Vorhees and set the template for the franchise that would inevitably follow. I, for one, will always champion the first as the best but other would argue that Part 2 is the better movie. And that argument is valid, but as I stated before, I’ve always liked the whodunits more than howtheydunits. And for the record, blasphemous though it may be, I totally prefer Mr. Potato Sack over the hockey mask.
 
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Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) Georgetown Productions Inc. :: Paramount Pictures / EP: Lisa Barsamian, Tom Gruenberg / P: Steve Miner, Dennis Stuart Murphy / AP: Frank Mancuso Jr. / D: Steve Miner / W: Ron Kurz / C: Peter Stein / E: Susan E. Cunningham / M: Harry Manfredini / S: Amy Steel, John Furey, Kirsten Baker, Stuart Charno, Walt Gorney, Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King

Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: A 24 Hour Nightmare of Terror! (June, 1980)

Posted in 1980-1989, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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Before June of 1980, summer camp probably brought to mind some fun in the sun, perhaps an inconvenient tumble in a patch of poison ivy, or maybe stealing your first kiss behind the canteen before gathering and singing songs around the campfire under a fat full moon. But after June 1980, thanks to filmmaker, Sean S. Cunningham, a rousing chorus of “Kum-Bah-Yah” rapidly degenerated into a brutally quick rendition of “Kum-Bah-Yeaaarrghh!” when a lethally sharp gardening implement was shoved into your spleen, leaving you to gargle the refrain … Wanting to cash in on the box-office success of Halloween, Cunningham combined elements of that film with a little Agatha Christie (Ten Little Indians), and then topped it off some good-old fashioned sideshow hucksterism and a liberal dose of Tom Savini-fueled grue. And as an end result, Friday the 13th struck a nerve at the box-office and galvanized many a critic, whose panties were soon knotted-up something fierce.

Other Points of Interest:

Poster campaign for Friday the 13th at the Archive.

 

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Friday the 13th (1980) Georgetown Productions Inc. :: Sean S. Cunningham Films :: Paramount Pictures / EP: Alvin Geiler / P: Sean S. Cunningham / AP: Steve Miner / D: Sean S. Cunningham / W: Victor Miller / C: Barry Abrams / E: Bill Freda / M: Harry Manfredini / S: Adrienne King, Harry Crosby, Robbi Morgan, Kevin Bacon, Jeannine Taylor, Laurie Bartram, Mark Nelson, Peter Brouwer, Betsy Palmer