Trivia / Friday the 13th (1980)

  • Advertised Extra: Betsy Palmer gets top billing, but only appears in the last fifteen minutes of the film.
  • Contractual Purity: As noted below, Betsy Palmer was known as a squeaky clean goodie two shoes before this film. According to her, after it came out there was an outrage. One critic published her address in the paper and encouraged people to send her hate mail.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: When the film was aired on AMC's "DVD on TV" note  it featured an interview with Robbi Morgan, who played Annie. After talking about her role in the film, she ended by saying she was honored to be Jason's first victim.note 
  • Creator Cameo: Tom Savini doubles for Brenda when her body flies in through the window.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Ari Lehman, who played Jason was originally intended to only appear in a short flashback of him drowning. But the director decided to have him appear in the end as a surprise. He was instructed not to show anyone the mask he wore for the scene. The shock and fear on Alice's face is genuine.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Betsy Palmer's only reason to appear was to get cash for a new car.
  • Old Shame:
    • Initially for Betsy Palmer but she embraced it when the franchise became so popular.
    • Subverted for Kevin Bacon, who despite being the most successful of the cast has never been embarrassed to talk about it.
  • Playing Against Type: Betsy Palmer mentioned how at the time she was typecast as a Girl Next Door and stuck doing game shows. So playing a "psycho-biddy" was quite a different role for her.
  • Reality Subtext: Mark Nelson, Jeannine Taylor and Kevin Bacon all knew each other beforehand, which is reflected in the banter between Ned, Marcie and Jack.
  • Throw It In: The bit with the snake in the cabin wasn't in the script but Tom Savini suggested it after his own personal experiences.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Jason's original name was supposed to be Josh.
    • The jump-scare ending wasn't there originally. Tom Savini had just seen Carrie and suggested having a similar ending.
    • An early draft of the script had Ned being a polio sufferer, with deformed legs and a muscular torso.
    • Marcie was supposed to be killed by getting an arrow shot into her chest while in the archery area. Contrary to popular belief, this was never filmed.
    • The original draft of the script had Mrs Voorhees losing her middle finger while trying to kill someone.
  • Working Title: The script of the film was originally called "Long Night at Camp Blood".
  • Nominated but not ranked for AFIS "Thrills" list.

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