The Friday The 13th 1980 Press Kit

Press kits like this one were sent out to print publications and movie theater chains to help promote the films before it was released in theaters. This kit for Friday The 13th 1980 contains a letter describing the movie, a booklet that talks about the cast and crew and nine publicity stills from the production.

The photo of Betsy Palmer pressed up against the plastic, screaming, was famously used in a large number of promotional campaigns. However, this scene never appeared in the film and the photo was taken as a joke on set during a break in-between takes. The plastic was used to keep the heat in during cold night shoots in the eating area and Betsy thought it would be fun to have a photo taken of her screaming behind the plastic.

This kit was acquired 10 years ago and it was fun to see the theatrical release date written in pen on the front of the folder.

The production history of  Friday The 13th 1980.

Terror and suspense abound in this 24-hour nightmare of blood. Camp Crystal Lake has been shuttered for over 20 years due to several vicious and unsolved murders. The camp's new owner and seven young counselors are readying the property for re-opening despite warnings of a "death curse" by local residents. The curse proves true on Friday the 13th as one by one each of the counselors is stalked by a violent killer. This film is widely acclaimed for its horrifying and creative murder sequences.