Friday the 13th Movie Marathon

Friday the 13th, though a controversial day, is widely regarded by all. The day itself has only recently been coined as unlucky, with its origins being in the 19th century. With number twelve being seen as the embodiment of perfection (twelve months in a year, hours on a clock, number of Jesus’ disciples, etc.), thirteen represented irregularity and became the redheaded stepchild in the number line. With liberties taken along the years, Friday the 13th is now regarded with blood, guts, gore, and fear as much as Halloween. With October being a few months away, have no fear – you’ll be able to satiate your fright fest fix this coming Friday.


If you’d rather have a movie marathon instead of risking it on this unlucky day, here are several ideas for the gore fest that you desire:


1. Friday the 13th (1980)

DUH. We couldn’t talk about Friday the 13th without its cinematic counterpart. The original movie was released in theatres in 1980 and was inspired by the now-cult classic, Halloween. Considered as one of the pioneers of the “slasher film” genre, the movie follows five camp counselors who are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp that was the site of a child’s drowning. The film stars Betsy Palmer as Jason’s mother, Adrienne King as Alice Hardy, and Kevin Bacon as Jack Burrell. As a result of the film’s unexpected box office success, a sequel titled Friday the 13th Part 2 was released in 1981, and in 2009, there was a series reboot.



2. Friday the 13th (2009)

Which leads us to the aforementioned reboot: Friday the 13th, starring Jared Padaleki and Danielle Panabaker as the unfortunate victims of the murderous rampage. Over the course of the sequels that the original Friday the 13th inspired, the role of Jason also changed. Originally a victim of drowning, his mother went off the deep end (pun intended). In the reboot, Jason himself is the murderer. The concept for the 2009 film originally started as an origin story, but the film evolved into a reimagining of the first four Friday the 13th films… so while the original intent of the movie changed quite a bit, the blood and gore is still there.



3. Let the Right One In (2008) – Available on Netflix

For those of you who want to watch a frightening movie but the theatrics of American movies are too much for you to bear, Let the Right One In is a Swedish horror film that’s available on Netflix. The film was inspired by the 2004 novel of the same name and is set in the suburb of Blackeberg in Stockholm, where twelve year-old Oskar is a lonely and outcast boy bullied in school. At home, Oskar dreams of getting his revenge on his tormentors. Amidst his own turmoil, he befriends his twelve year-old next-door neighbor Eli who only appears during the night in the playground of their building (just a head’s up – she’s a vampire). In order to prevent Eli from killing, her father takes on the role of serial killer/loving father who drains the blood of his victims to supply Eli. Oskar must make decide if love is enough to forgive the evil that happens within Eli’s home. The film has been nominated for several awards and garnered the Tribeca Film Festival’s top award, the Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature.


4. 28 Days Later (2002)

Coined with the rebirth of the zombie genre, 28 Days Later is a British film that follows survivors in the UK after a deadly virus breaks out, and they seek refuge. Before you roll your eyes and think to yourself, “This sounds like every zombie movie ever,” give it a chance. This film will definitely appeal to the Walking Dead fanatics (and keep in mind that this film was released prior to the hit television show – so 28 Days Later wasn’t stealing anyone’s ideas). Director Danny Boyle wanted to change up the zombie trope, so the infected persons move quickly and are much faster than the lumbering body bags that we’re used to seeing. The film does touch on some heavier topics like sex slavery, the dangers of politics, and too much human intervention. Relatively unknown actors were cast in this film with the aim of preserving the suspension of disbelief. The film was such a box office hit that it garnered a 2007 sequel, 28 Weeks Later.



5. Evil Dead (2013)

The 2013 Evil Dead is the fourth installment of the Evil Dead franchise, serving as both a reboot, remake, and as a loose continuation of the series. The 2013 ensemble was the first neither to be directed by Sam Raimi, have Bruce Campbell as the main star, or be composed by the original trilogy’s composer, Joseph LoDuca. The plot follows five friends who head to a remote cabin in order to help their friend recover from a heroin addiction. In the cabin, they discover the Book of the Dead, and after curiosity encourages Eric to read a passage from the book, he unwittingly summons the demons that are living in the nearby woods. The evil presence possesses them until only one is left to fight for survival. The film was first debuted at the 2013 SXSW and was met with majorly positive reviews, being nominated for the Best Horror TV Spot in the 2013 Golden Trailer Awards, Best Horror for 2014’s Empire Awards, and Best Make-Up by the Saturn Awards.


6. The Conjuring (2013)

Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson star as Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were American paranormal investigators and authors associated with prominent cases of haunting. The film was based on a true story, and their real-life reports inspired the Amityville Horror. The Warrens come to the assistance of the Perron family (Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor), who are experiencing increasingly disturbing events in their farmhouse in Harrisville, Burrillville, Rhode Island in 1971. The film itself had been in the works for over twenty years, which explains why The Conjuring channels the feel of older, classic horror films.



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