[Remember This?] The Original ‘Friday The 13th’ Trailer Is HORRIBLE!

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Man, I guess I can see why people responded to this trailer back in 1980. Slashers were the “new thing” and, after Halloween in 1978, the public was primed to be scared again. I’m sure there was something about this trailer for Friday The 13th that seemed dangerous at the time, the narrator even adopts the kind of no-nonsense medical examiner tone that re-emerged in the “Thanksgiving” trailer in 2007.

But, and I say this as a huge fan of the film and its franchise, the trailer is garbage. As soon as I started watching it and got the overall gist, I began dreading its 2:40 running time. The whole thing is so rote, by the time they get to the number “4″ you’re sort of like, “okay, I think I got this one.” It’s a shockingly honest parallel to the actual intent of the film, which wasn’t to innovate so much as it was to coast off the success of Halloween. It manages to portray the film as a more by the numbers slasher than it actually is, which is a feat. Adding insult to injury, the editing is surprisingly slack – I counted more than a few shots where entire seconds seem to pass after the overall point is made.

Check it out below. For comparison I’ve included the original 1978 Halloween trailer as well, which actually manages to be interesting.

 
  • shaneyyy

    I honestly think both trailers are well done.

  • GoryGus

    I remember both these trailers, when I was a kid, and the scared the living daylights out of me. But I can’t help but laugh as to how spoiler-ific the original F13th trailer was!

  • huntermc

    I think the Friday the 13th trailer still holds up. Granted, there’s definitely the nostalgia factor there, but I think it gets its point across and doesn’t run too long.

  • djblack1313

    yeah, i still love that F13 trailer. i love both movies too though.

  • Aviendha

    I can’t see either trailer. It’s not showing up.

  • Nightflyre9

    The original FT13 trailer is not “horrible.” I think your taste in trailers is horrible. Granted, it’s dripping with spoilers, but for the time in which it was made, it was extremely effective. The TV spots were great, too.

  • NixEclips

    I don’t know how old you are, but you’re being a bit harsh. Plus, comparing F13 with Halloween is just wrong. The trailer did its’ job. It’s a different movie with a different purpose. It’s still weird that they count Jason as part of the kills, though.

  • TwistedCritic

    I think having seen the movie multiple times would make this trailer seem a bit tedious now, but it’s not all that bad, aside from some spoilers as others have said.

  • Incinerated

    Wow, that Friday The 13th trailer is the worst! I read the comments first before watching it, or even reading Evan’s take, so I expected it to not be all that bad. It is. Definitely a lot of nostalgia covering that up.

    The editing is terrible and unexciting, and do they use the lead for two numbers? Or kills… whatever I’m supposed to make of the counting. I think the best ones are #3 and #8. Kidding! But really, Sesame Street counting sequences make more sense and have better pacing than this.