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Always beware of Crazy Ralph...
on 17 November 2013
In 1957, at Camp Crystal Lake, a young boy, Jason Voorhees drowned.
As the years go by, two camp counsellors are murdered. Fires and bad water thwarted the camp's reopening.
In 1979, Camp Crystal Lake relaunches with the help of a few new counsellors.
Ignoring the warnings from good old Crazy Ralph, popping up everywhere, the murders start again while a mysterious stalker prowls the area.
Even though the film is in my opinion the epitome of eighties slasher movies and the beginning of one of the best horror franchises ever, its not the most fun movie to watch from the series, unless your one of the lucky ones who saw the movies in chronological order.
Its a shame if you saw Scream before this, because there is a major plot spoiler in the opening scene.
Its a simple set up that has been homaged, ripped off, and copied several times, especially in the eighties with the likes of The Burning, Sleepaway Camp etc, but this has never been bettered.
But what makes it hold up, is the actual plot and narrative, and its very sinister, even by today's standards. And the killers revelation and their rationale, is totally brilliant.
The sequels after part two were very tongue in cheek and virtually threw the sinister parts away, but they were and are still, a lot more fun for a group to watch.
The cast are great and add to the nuance, and even 33 years later, its still one of the best stalk and slash movies ever made.