Many people are surprised to learn that there have been twelve Friday the 13th movies released to date. The first movie in the series was released in 1980, and the most recent one was released in 2009.
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How many Friday the 13th movies are there?
As of 2019, there have been 12 Friday the 13th movies released.
The history of Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day in Western superstition. It occurs when the 13th day of the month falls on a Friday. The fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia, or paraskevidekatriaphobia. The latter phobia derives from the Greek words Paraskeví (Παρασκευή, meaning “Friday”), and dekatreís (δεκατρείς, meaning “thirteen”). The superstition surrounding this day may have arisen in the Middle Ages, when Good Friday came to be associated with bad luck. In numerology, thirteen is considered a sacred number and there are a number of associations made with it in many different cultures around the world.
There have been a number of films and television shows based on the idea of Friday the 13th, including the highly successful franchise of films starring Jason Voorhees.
The different Friday the 13th movies
There are a total of twelve Friday the 13th movies. The first movie was released in 1980 and the most recent one was released in 2009. The movies follow the story of Jason Voorhees, a murderer who kills people who venture near Camp Crystal Lake, where he drowned as a child.
The characters in Friday the 13th
The Friday the 13th franchise mainly focuses on the fictional character Jason Voorhees, who drowned as a boy at Camp Crystal Lake due to the negligence of the teenage counselors. Decades later, the lake is rumored to be “cursed” and is the setting for a series of mass murders. Jason is featured in all of the films, either as the killer or as a figure who plays a pivotal role in the events that occur.
The first film reveals that Pamela Voorhees, Jason’s mother, murders several counselors after blames them for her son’s death. She is ultimately killed by Alice Hardy, one of the victims. In Friday the 13th Part 2, a copycat killer dons a sack over his head with one eyehole—a homage to Jason’s appearance in Part III—and imitates Mrs. Voorhees’s modus operandi to murder a group of teenagers staying at Packanack Lodge, located near Crystal Lake.
In Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, after being apparently killed in Part II, Jason rises from Hades and returns to Crystal Lake to continue his killing spree. However, he is finally killed by Corey Feldman’s character Tommy Jarvis. Jarvis Continues to be haunted by visions of Jason even after moving away from Crystal Lake. As adult, he returns and buries Jason’s body in hopes that it will end his nightmares. However, this instead revive him and he once again starts killing people
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning follows Tommy Jarvis’ years following his battle with Jason. Now an adult and institutionalized due to his obsession with killing any person he believes to be evil, Jarvis escapes when another patient dressed as Jason goes on a rampage and kills most of the staff while they are preparing for a surprise party for one of their own. The impostor is revealed to be Roy Burns, an ambulance driver who became insane after his son was murdered by some local punks; who then took onJason’s appearance in order to get revenge against all teenagers
In Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, Tommy pretends to be possessed by Jason’s spirit in order to convince a local sheriff that he is real; but when Tommy tries to bury him again, he accidentally revives him with electricity instead
Friday the 13th: The New Blood features Tina Shepard (Lar Park Lincoln), a young girl with telekinetic powers whose father experimentation led her develop those abilities; she accidentally brings back from hell using her power which leads her have confrontations with him
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan follows teenage jock Julius Gaw (Peter Mark Richman) being possessed by vengeful sea-witch Serena (Francine Prieto) who wants take revenge against those responsible for polluting her waters; as well as getting her hands on an ancient artifact that can give her human form again . Upon arriving in New York City via cruise ship , Julius/Serena begins killing people until finally being confronted and defeated by Tina Shepard
The plot of Friday the 13th
The plot of Friday the 13th focuses on a group of teenage camp counselors who are murdered one by one by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child’s drowning and a grisly double murder. The films commonly feature the character Jason Voorhees, who drowned as a boy at Camp Crystal Lake due to the negligence of the teenage counselors.
The setting of Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th is an American horror franchise that comprises twelve slasher films, a television series, novels, comic books, video games, and tie‑in merchandise. The main villain in the series is Jason Voorhees, who drowned as a boy at Camp Crystal Lake due to the negligence of the teenage counselors. Decades later, the lake is rumored to be “cursed” and is the site of a series of mass murders. Jason is featured in all of the films, except for Friday the 13th Part III in which he dons a mask because actress Diana Kimble was pregnant during filming.
The franchise primarily focuses on teenager Camp Counselors who are murdered by Jason Voorhees while trying to re-open Camp Crystal Lake.
The kills in Friday the 13th
Jason Voorhees is the main character in the Friday the 13th series. He first appears in Friday the 13th (1980) as a young boy who drowns in Crystal Lake due to the negligence of the teenage counselors. In Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981), Jason is revealed to be alive and returns to kill again. The film series chiefly focuses on Jason’s seemingly unstoppable killing spree, as well as his various revenge motivations, making it one of the longest-running horror franchises.
As of February 2015, eleven films have been released as part of the Friday the 13th franchise, most of which focus on Jason Voorhees as the central antagonist:
-Friday the 13th (1980)
-Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
-Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
-Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
-Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
-Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)
-Friday the 13th: The New Blood (1988)
-Friday the 13th: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
-Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)
-Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
-Friday the 13th (2009 reboot film)
The music in Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th is a 1980 American horror film directed by Sean S. Cunningham and written by Victor Miller. It stars Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Harry Crosby, Laurie Bartram,Kevin Bacon, and Jeannine Taylor. The film tells the story of a group of teenage camp counselors who are murdered one by one by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen an abandoned summer camp.
The music in Friday the 13th was composed and performed by Harry Manfredini. The score makes use of discordant strings, sharp percussive effects, and Manfredini’s “ki-ki-ki ma-ma-ma” theme, which recurs throughout the film.Friday the 13th sold 3 million copies of its soundtrack. It was released on LP by Varèse Sarabande on October 31, 1980, and on CD by La-La Land Records in October 2012
The legacy of Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day in Western superstition. It occurs when the 13th day of the month falls on a Friday, which happens at least once every year but can occur up to three times in a single year. superstitions surrounding Friday the 13th are thought to date back to the Middle Ages.
The legacy of Friday the 13th has been extended into popular culture, notably in the form of the Friday the 13th franchise, which consists of twelve slasher films, a television series, novels, comic books, video games, and tie‑in merchandise. The franchise mainly focuses on the fictional character Jason Voorhees, who drowned as a boy at Camp Crystal Lake due to the negligence of the camp staff. Years later, he returns to terrorize those who visit the camp.
The future of Friday the 13th
As of right now, there is no set date for when the next Friday the 13th movie will be released. The last movie in the franchise was released in 2009, and there has been talk of a reboot since 2013. However, nothing has come to fruition yet.It is unknown if the franchise will continue or if it will be rebooted.