YMMV: Friday the 13th (1980)

  • Awesome Music: Harry Manfredini's score for the film seems like "generic" slasher film music today thanks to Seinfeld Is Unfunny, but that's because it was arguably as memorable and inspirational as John Carpenter's Halloween theme.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: When a policeman shows up at the camp looking for Crazy Ralph, it is badly timed to Ned running out of the cabin dressed as an Indian, screaming and dancing around. He says "oh shit" when he spots the cop but the characters don't bat an eyelid. It adds nothing to the plot and is just so random.
  • Critical Dissonance: Critics more or less hated it, but it went on to be one of the biggest slasher films ever made.
  • It Was His Sled: The killer is probably known to most people who are familiar with the series. Though to those unfamiliar with the series, they still might be surprised to see Jason's lack of appearance.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Pamela Voorhees. The novelization implies she only went on a killing spree to save further campers from Jason's fate.
  • Narm Charm: Mrs. Voorhees alternating her voice between her own and "Jason's".
  • Tear Jerker:The villain isn't Jason, but rather his mother, who went completely insane after the supposed "death" of her son. And then the sequels reveal he was never dead to begin with, meaning her horrible deeds accomplished nothing— except to inspire an innocent child to become a violent killer.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Crazy Ralph appears twice in the film, and steals the show both times.
    • Jason Voorhees in Alice's pre-ending-nightmare, which has him rising from Crystal Lake, dead and rotting, and pulling her under the surface.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Averted. Although the end of the film ripped off Carrie which has become an example of the trope, fans do find the ending to the film scary.
  • Special Effects Failure: Offscreen lightning strikes are simulated by flashing lightbulbs at actors.