Top Influential Scenes Of Friday The 13th (1980)

The beginning of a film sets the tone for the audience to let them know what to expect throughout the rest of the story and sets a precedent for future installments in a possible franchise. What better example of this thought than to examine the important scenes of Friday the 13th (1980). Many of the scenes in the film contain characters and establishing shots that would come to epitomize not only the Friday the 13th franchise, but the slasher genre that swept the United States in the early to mid 1980′s.

The Prophet of Doom, The Prankster and The Virgin Heroine are all prototypical characters that are on display in Friday the 13th. The secluded setting of the film and the eerie instrumental score all lent to the creepy and tense moments in the film. Along with these elements, Friday the 13th also included some much needed moments of humor and sincere interaction between the characters.

All of these pieces of the movie create some truly memorable and humorous moments. Below are some of the most influential scenes from Friday the 13th (1980). See if your favorites are included and let us know which scenes you truly enjoy.

“You’ll never come back again.”
The introduction of Crazy Ralph adds to the already unsettling mood of the film that was created by the opening murders of the camp counselors.

“Do I really look like this?”
Steve Christie’s obvious attraction to his counselor plays out in this scene where a hint of creepiness sets in and lends to the idea that Steve may be more than we think he is.

“Do you wanna see my trick shot?”
Ned’s first prank lets you know what to expect from this character and shows his attraction to Brenda. The fact that he is willing to risk her life by shooting arrows shows that Ned may be a bit off. Could he be the killer?

“I told you to sit on it Tonto”
This scene with Officer Dorf is the funniest in the film. The humor inserted into the film was met with opposition by writer Victor Miller as he did not think humor was needed. However, with the type of film Friday the 13th was shaping up to be, this scene was the perfect calm before the storm.

“God sent me”
Another reminder by the filmmakers that Crazy Ralph was still out there. Was he the killer? Ralph delivered his final warning for the kids to leave camp. Why didn't they listen?

“I think we’re being hustled here”
The infamous strip Monopoly scene took the audience away from the carnage that had begun and was a way to ease the minds of people just enough to have their guard let down before Mrs. Voorhees struck again.

Quite possible the scariest scene in the film. Not only do you know that Marcie is going to die, but Mrs. Voorhees taunts her, creating fear and desperation. The luring of Marcie to her death and then the brutality of her demise is still shocking today.

“Just a night on the town!”
This scene always elicits a chuckle among audiences as poor Sandy wants Steve bad, but she gets completely dismissed as Steve laughs off her advances. Perhaps Steve got what was coming to him at the hands of Mrs. Voorhees?

“Help Me”
The creepy child's voice that Mrs. Voorhees uses to lure Brenda out into the rain is the second scariest scene in the film. The fact that momma Voorhees alters her voice convincingly throws the audience for a loop and makes you wonder what the hell is going on in this film.

“His name was Jason”
Mrs. Voorhees’ chilling and somewhat moving explanation of why Steve Christie should not have tried to reopen the camp is perfectly fitting to her motives. Harry Manfredini’s score coupled with Betsy Palmer’s performance in this scene makes you feel bad for the crazy lady and almost gives justification for her actions

Cat Fight!
No quote to give for this scene, but it is worth mentioning as one of the worst choreographed fights ever. When the audience can anticipate where the hits are going to go before they happen, the scene is in trouble. That being said, Betsy Palmer really took it to poor Adrienne and gave her multiple beach facials!

The Best Jump Scare Ever?
Hand it to Sean Cunningham and crew for coming up with this scene as the perfect capper to a spectacular slasher/who-dunnit. This scene stands the test of time and quite possibly is the best jump scare in horror film history!