Alcohollywood Podcast Ep. 337 – HORROR OCTORBOR: Friday the 13th (1980)

Friday the 13th

Happy Alcohol-loween! We close out our Seven Deadly Sins edition of Horror Octorbor by going old-school for Wrath – the vengeance-filled slasher Friday the 13th!

Sure, this is the one that doesn’t have Jason in it – see our Freddy vs. Jason episode for our thoughts on the hockey-mashed butcher – but Mrs. Voorhees (Betsy Palmer) still has some bloody fates in store for the counselors at Camp Crystal Lake.  From Kevin Bacon‘s horny teen to, well, the less-famous fodder around him, Sean S. Cunningham‘s inaugural effort in the long running franchise serves up plenty of arrow piercings, machete decapitations, and more. 

But is it enough? Can we go back to a franchise almost forty years old and see the strengths of a straightforward slasher that was innovative at the time? Or do the kills and stripped-down simplicity seem quaint in today’s world of horror pastiches and self-aware tropes? Let’s find out – check out our podcast and drinking game!

Related links:

The wonderful horror podcast Kill By Kill, co-hosted by Alcohollywood contributor Gena Radcliffe

Thanks to our sponsor Overcast as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)


  1. Any time the film switches to ‘killer-cam’ (complete with the Jason Voorhees “shee-hee-hee-haa-haa-haa”)
  2. Every time someone calls out someone else’s name in the dark (aka the Sharon Rule)
  3. Whenever someone puts on a rain poncho


Mrs. Voorhees says, “So young. So pretty. What kind of monster could have done this?’

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