Memorable Scenes Of Friday the 13th (1980)

Posted 07 Jun 2010 in The Saga

The beginning of a story sets the tone for the audience to let them know what to expect throughout the rest of the story and set a precedent for future installments in a possible franchise. What better example than to examine the scenes of Friday the 13th (1980). Many of the scenes in the film contain characters and establishing shots that would come to epitomize not only the Friday the 13th franchise, but the slasher genre that swept the United States in the early to mid 1980′s as well.

The Prophet of Doom, The Jokester and The Virgin Heroine are all prototypical characters that are on display in Friday the 13th.  The secluded setting of the film and the eerie instrumental score all lent to the creepy and tense moments in the film. Along with these elements, Friday the 13th also included some much needed moments of humor and sincere interaction between the characters.

All of these pieces of the movie create some truly memorable and humorous moments. Below are some of our favorite non-kill scenes from Friday the 13th (1980). See if your favorites are included and let us know which scenes you truly enjoy.

“You’ll never come back again.”
The introduction of Crazy Ralph adds to the already unsettling mood of the film that was created by the opening murders of the camp counselors.

“Do I really look like this?”

Steve Christie’s obvious attraction to his counselor plays out in this scene where a hint of creepiness sets in and lends to the idea that Steve may be more than we think he is.

“Do you wanna see my trick shot?”

Ned’s first prank lets you know what to expect from this character and shows his attraction to Brenda. The fact that he is willing to risk her life by shooting arrows shows that Ned may be a bit off. Could he be the killer?

“I told you to sit on it Tonto”
This scene with Officer Dorf is the funniest in the film. The humor inserted into the film was met with opposition by writer Victor Miller as he did not think humor was needed. However, with the type of film Friday the 13th was shaping up to be, this scene was the perfect calm before the storm.

“God sent me”

Another reminder by the filmmakers that Crazy Ralph was still out there. Was he the killer? Ralph delivered his final warning forthe kids to leave camp. Why didn’t they listen?

“I think we’re being hustled here”

The infamous strip Monopoly scene took the audience away from the carnage that had begun and was a way to ease the minds of people just enough to have their guard let down before Mrs. Voorhees struck again.

Quite possible the scariest scene in the film. Not only do you know that Marcie is going to die, but Mrs. Voorhees taunts her, creating fear and desperation. The luring of Marcie to her death and then the brutality of her demise is still shocking today.

“Just a night on the town!”
This scene always gets a chuckle amongst audiences as poor Sandy wants Steve bad, but she gets completely dismissed as Steve laughs off her advances. Perhaps Steve got what was coming to him at the hands of Mrs. Voorhees?

“Help Me”
The creepy childs voice that Mrs. Voorhees uses to lure Brenda out into the rain is the second scariest scene in the film. The fact that momma Voorhees alters her voice convincingly throws the audience for a loop and makes you wonder what the hell is going on in this film.

“His name was Jason”

Mrs. Voorhees’ chilling and somewhat moving explanation of why Steve Christie should not have tried to reopen the camp is perfectly fitting to her motives. Harry Manfredini’s score coupled with Betsy Palmer’s performance in this scene makes you feel bad for the crazy lady and almost gives justification for her actions

Cat Fight!

No quote to give for this scene, but it is worth mentioning as one of the worst choreographed fights ever. When the audience can anticipate where the hits are going to go before they happen, the scene is in trouble. That being said, Betsy Palmer really took it to poor Adrienne and gave her multiple beach facials!

The Best Jump Scare Ever?

Hand it to Sean Cunningham and crew for coming up with this scene as the perfect capper to a spectaular slasher/whodunnit. This scene stands the test of time and quite possibly is the best jump scare in horror film history!

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  1. jcravage (07 Jun 2010, 16:07)

    jasonsfury, I wanted to send a big thank you your way. Everyday that I check the site there is always something new and interesting about my favorite horror franchise that you have posted for all the fans to look at or read, a lot of pics and stories I wouldnt have even known existed without your hard work. So THANKS brother for all that you do and the time you invest on brother Voorhees and his family of misfits.

  2. CrystalLakeMike (07 Jun 2010, 16:15)

    Nice work again jasonfury. One scene that I would include in this list is when Annie is riding in Enos’ truck and he warns her and advises her to quit and go home… I always loved that scene and I feel its really important to the film and the series; at least as much as crazy Ralph; perhaps moreso because this guy isn’t crazy so his warning is more concerning than the babblings of a lunatic IMO.

  3. David (07 Jun 2010, 19:07)

    I love Ned and his scene with Officer Dorf!

    “There’s no crazy people around here”

  4. JB Demented (07 Jun 2010, 19:43)

    It’ll be easier for You then it was for Jason!!!

  5. craZRalph (07 Jun 2010, 19:47)

    I’ve always loved the scene where Marcie tells Jack about her dream of raindrops turning to blood….Right before it storms & she mets her demise.

  6. jasonsfury (07 Jun 2010, 19:55)

    Thank you jcravage and CrystalLakeMike. I am glad you enjoy your visits to this website.

    The scene with Enos is great as it gives all of the backstory needed before we the viewer arrive at camp. Awesome scene.

    The “Shower dream” is great and just another example of character development that made the original films so great.

  7. john sayers (07 Jun 2010, 21:46)

    Sit on it tonto, i like that scene,

  8. Corey (07 Jun 2010, 22:37)

    You know, by the time I was born FC was already out, and when I found my love interest with “Friday” there were already 7-8 out by then. (I can remember watching my very first “USA: UP ALL NIGHT”, or on TNT Moster Vision with host Joe Bob Briggs. So, with that said, I never looked as who the possible killer would be? Or the notion that the film crew was aiming for that goal. That is one thing those born before me have over my dedication. To this day, looking back, I never even seen how Roy was trying to put the blame on Tommy, but it makes sense now.

  9. Corey (07 Jun 2010, 22:41)

    Oh, @ Jasonfury, just got my new camera-so any day now, once I know how to work the damn thing properly, I’ll email you the “Marci” pix…I’d even be willing to sell @ a “not taking you for your money, but make just a little extra from someone” to if they should be interested in buying after I email you thing…I have not forgotten, and thanks always for ALL you bring us on this site! (Life would 100% suck otherwise!)

  10. Corey (07 Jun 2010, 22:44)

    and finally, I believe it was all Tom Savini whom had the “Scare tactic” idea, and was the one who brought it to life-may be wrong on that, but I think I heard that there never was the final “dream/hallucination” freak Out Alice had being pulled under by Boy Jason…please feel free to correct me if I am wrong though-I’d like to know more on that if I am…thank you.

  11. jasontyo (08 Jun 2010, 2:18)

    I love these retrospects. I love Neds Miami Dolphins jersey more. I want one, where do i get it? Also being born around the release of part IV my first exposure to the franchise was on vhs through the local video stores. 8 existed on vhs but jgth i clearly remember in theatres.

  12. joe gallow (08 Jun 2010, 2:45)

    Idk if sum1 said this already but when I think her name was marcie, when she was describing her dream with the blood and the rain. That always gave me the chills

  13. NW (08 Jun 2010, 4:23)

    I can’t believe no mention of Kevin Bacon’s death scene in this article. It was so unexpecting & quite graphic at the time this film was made. We never knew how he was going to get it, so I felt that deserve some mention here. :)

  14. Aaron Edgell (08 Jun 2010, 4:47)

    A good scene, in which nothing really happens, is when the cop drops Steve off and drives away. When his tale-lights fade away and darkness closes in, you just get that “oh shit” sort of sinking feelings. You can almost feel the isolation and dread close in around you. Great scene.

  15. Kevin S. (08 Jun 2010, 21:45)

    Yes jasonfury, I agree with you in regard to the character development in the originals. Even though Annie or Ned get dispatched pretty quickly, I feel I know more about them than say Sandra from Part VII or Eva from VIII. That’s why I love the first the best!

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