Friday The 13th Gets 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Blu-ray SteelBook

Friday the 13th hit theaters on May 9, 1980. It’s hard to believe it’s been forty years since the film was released. I was hoping we’d have a new Friday the 13th film by now. With all that’s happened with the franchise, it doesn’t look like we’ll be getting one for the foreseeable future. I’m just glad Paramount decided to release a 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Blu-ray SteelBook, even if it doesn’t have any new special features or extras. It’s a basic Blu-ray/Digital combo. The original poster artwork looks amazing, though. You can pre-order your copy here.

Synopsis

A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which was the site of a child’s drowning and a grisly double murder years before.

[Review] Kill Her Mommy, Kill Her: Friday The 13th Turns 40

Today marks the 40th Anniversary of Friday the 13th. It’s one of the best horror films ever made. It inspired many memorable sequels, including a crossover and a remake. Funnily enough, the series began as a Halloween copycat. Sean S. Cunningham (director/producer) borrowed Halloween’s formula and applied it to a title he thought people wouldn’t be able to ignore. Turns out, he was right. Friday the 13th hit theaters May 9, 1980, and cracked the top twenty highest-grossing films that year.

A young boy drowned at Camp Crystal Lake in 1957. The following year two camp counselors were brutally murdered. The summer camp closes soon after. After several years, a group of counselors work to open Camp Crystal Lake up for the summer. The counselors get killed off one at a time by an unknown attacker. The killer isn’t revealed until the final act, their identity kept secret through POV. It turns out to be an older lady, Pamela Voorhees (Betsy Palmer) seeking revenge for the tragic drowning of her young son Jason.

Friday the 13th changed the slasher genre for the better. The total kill count is nine, not including Mrs. Voorhees. It would become a common theme in the sequels that followed. Tom Savini and his special effects crew made the film. The bloody kill scenes looked all too real. The final scene is the stuff of nightmares. Alice wakes up in a canoe out in the middle of Crystal Lake. Jason’s corpse jumps out of the water and grabs Alice, dragging her into the murky depths. All we’re left with is a couple of ripples on the lake’s surface, then the credits start rolling. Was it real life or was it just a dream? The sequel ran with it, and it paid off big time.

Synopsis

A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which was the site of a child’s drowning and a grisly double murder years before.

[Editorial] Happy Mother’s Day: 10 Moms In Horror Movies

Edith Brennan – Mama (2013)

On the day that their parents die, sisters Lilly and Victoria vanish in the woods, prompting a frantic search by their Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend, Annabel (Jessica Chastain). Five years later, the girls are found alive and well in a decaying cabin. Lucas and Annabel welcome them into their home to try and reintroduce the children to some semblance of normalcy. Annabel discovers that someone or something still wants to tuck them in at night. Mama is a great mother, it’s just that she’s dead and very scary.

Laurie Strode – Halloween (2018)

Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) suffers from PTSD stemming from a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night 40 years ago. first run in with Michael Myers. Locked up in an institution, Myers manages to escape when his bus transfer goes horribly wrong. Laurie now faces a terrifying showdown when the masked madman returns to Haddonfield, Ill.–but this time, she’s ready for him. Laurie has been training for years, even going so far as to training her daughter. Will Laurie exact revenge?

Mary Brady – Sleepwalkers (1992)

When newcomers Mary Brady (Alice Krige) and her son Charles (Brian Krause), settle into town, the local residents do not suspect that they’re shape-shifters looking to feed on the town’s virgin girls. Though they normally maintain a human form, they can transform into human-sized bipedal werecats, their natural form, at will. They have powers of both telekinesis and illusion. Mary has to protect her son from cats, their only weaknesses. Cats can see through their illusions and can inflict fatal wounds on them with their claws. Sleepwalkers is one of the best horror movies of the 90’s.

Morticia Addams – The Addams Family Values (1993)

Morticia Addams has been around for decades, first on the small screen, and the big screen years later. She is the matriarch of the Addams family, a wife and mother of three children. She’s an independent woman. She’s in a mutually respectful relationship with her husband Gomez. Morticia’s also a witch. She is relationship goals.

Other Mother – Coraline (2009)

The Bedlam is the main antagonist in Coraline, best known as the “Other Mother” to her victims. She’s a shape-shifting entity who can transform into any child’s mother, trying to lure kids into the other world and eventually keep them captive. She creates beautiful things to entice and lure her victims. After a while, she convinces the children to let her sew buttons into their eyes, consuming their lives and stealing their souls.

Norma Bates – Psycho (1998)

Norma Bates was the domineering mother of Norman Bates. After Norman murdered her, he stole his mother’s corpse and mummified it. He began to act as though she was still alive and would hear her speak to him. He also believed that she was responsible for several murders that took place on the motel property. Norman developed a murderous split personality based on her.

Sue Ann – Ma (2019)

Ma is about a lonely woman, Sue Ann (Octavia Spencer), who befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house. Just when the kids think their luck couldn’t get any better, things start happening that make them question the intention of their host. Sue Ann likes to be called Ma, and she struggles with social rejection, peer pressure, and bullying. All of that trauma leads to violence.

Xenomorph Queen – Aliens (1986)

Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is at it again. This time facing off against the Xenomorph Queen and her colony. Aliens is arguably the best film in the series, and rightfully so, given the storyline, cast, and the Xenomorph Queen. Ripley encounters the queen in the egg chamber. Things get off to a bad start when Ripley burns one of the queen’s newly hatched babies with a flamethrower. The queen is enraged and pursues Ripley and her team. The group narrowly escape the explosion that consumed the colony. But mama’s not done yet. The queen escapes with the group, and tries to exact her revenge. She falls short on her revenge tour, though.

Margaret White – Carrie (1976)

Margaret White (Piper Laurie) is simply insane. She’s super religious and very superstitious. Too bad her daughter, Carrie, has telekinetic powers. Margaret assumes her daughter is evil, so the fanatically pious mother abuses the poor girl. Carrie gets revenge on her mother in grand fashion.

Pamela Voorhees – Friday the 13th (1980)

Pamela Voorhees is the ultimate boy mom. She will do anything for her boy. She slays in her mom jeans. To top it off, she delivers some of the best dialogue in horror cinema. Her voice is elegantly eerie. You can feel her pain and anger, as it reaches a tipping point. Revenge never looked so friendly.