First Draft Unveils Original Opening and Ending of Friday The 13th 1980

It has been discussed for decades now that the original opening and ending of Friday The 13th 1980 were very different. Most devoted followers of the film franchise are aware of the original opening by now, which we outlined in the beginning of the year, but a lot of fans may not know what the original ending consisted of.

Thanks once again to the TGIF13 Facebook page we now have a look at portion of the original 18 page draft submitted by writer Victor Miller. The draft shows the original opening for which the unseen killer attacks Barry and Claudette, not in the loft as seen in the film, but outside. The following page describes the details.

Now, for the excerpt of the draft that may be the most unfamiliar, yet quite interesting to those who are big fans of the original Sleepaway Camp. As we all know now, the jump scare ending involving a young Jason Voorhees and the canoe on the lake was added to the film later in the production process, but Victor Miller had already conceived an ending for his first slasher film. Below is what he envisioned for the finale of The Long Night At Camp Blood.

For those who are finding out about these original scenes for the first time, let us know what you think. Would you have liked to keep these original scenes, or do you feel what we ended up with in the final movie were the better choices?