(Trailer from YouTube)

Friday the 13th (1980)
Director – Sean S. Cunningham

In the summer of 1958 at Camp Crystal Lake, two camp counselors named Barry and Claudette sneak away from a campfire and into a storage barn. Before they are able to have sex, an unseen assailant enters the barn and murders them both.

Twenty one years later, newly hired counselor Annie Phillips enters a small diner and asks for directions to the reopened Camp Crystal Lake. A friendly truck driver named Enos agrees to drive Annie halfway, while an elderly man named Crazy Ralph warns Annie against going, believing the camp has a “death curse”. During the drive, Enos tells Annie about a young boy that drowned at Crystal Lake in 1957 and about the two murders the following year. After Enos drops her off, Annie hitches another ride from an unseen second driver, who later chases her into the woods and slashes her throat.

At the camp, counselors Ned, Jack, Bill, Marcie, Brenda and Alice, along with the owner Steve Christy, refurbish the cabins and facilities. As a thunderstorm approaches, Steve leaves the campground to gather supplies. Soon, the murderer arrives and begins to kill the camp counselors; Ned is murdered off-screen, Jack gets stabbed with an arrow from underneath the bed, Marcie gets an axe slammed into her forehead, and Brenda is murdered also off-screen in the arrow range. When Steve returns, he appears to recognize the unseen killer before he is stabbed in the stomach.

As Alice and Bill are the only ones left, they leave to investigate after discovering a bloody axe in Brenda’s bed, the phones disconnected, and the cars inoperable. When the power goes out, Bill goes to check on the generator and is killed off-screen. When Alice looks around for Bill, she finds his body pinned with arrows onto the shed door and she flees back to the main cabin to hide.

Seeing a vehicle pulling up, she rushes outside and is greeted by a middle-aged woman named Pamela Voorhees, who says she is an old friend of Steve’s. As Alice brings her inside, Pamela reveals that her son Jason was the boy who drowned in 1957 and she blames his death on a pair of counselors who were having sex instead of watching him. Revealing herself as the killer, she turns violent and rushes toward Alice with a bowie knife. A chase ensues, in which Pamela attempts to kill Alice. Following a confrontation in which Pamela is knocked out, Alice escapes to the shore, but Pamela finds her and attempts to kill her again. During the final struggle, Alice manages to decapitate her with a machete and she falls asleep inside a canoe, floating out to Crystal Lake.

Just as Alice awakens and sees police arriving, Jason’s decomposing body suddenly emerges and drags her underwater. She then awakens in a hospital, where a police officer and medical staff tend to her. When she asks about Jason, the officer says that there was no sign of any boy, to which Alice says “Then he’s still there.”





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Hell of the Living Dead (1980)
Director – Bruno Mattei

Hell of the Living Dead (Italian: Virus – l’inferno dei morti viventi) is a 1980 Italian-Spanish horror film directed by Bruno Mattei The film is set in a laboratory in Papua New Guinea that sends out a dangerous chemical that turns the technicians and locals into zombies. An Italian news reporter (Margit Evelyn Newton) and her crew land on the island to investigate.

Hell of the Living Dead was a project developed by producers and given to director Bruno Mattei who attempted to create film similar to Dawn of the Dead but lighter in tone. It was shot in five weeks in Spain with a script that was not Mattei’s first choice and a score by the band Goblin which was taken from other film scores they had performed. The film has generally received negative reviews noting bad dialogue and being derivative of the 1978 film Dawn of the Dead.

At a top secret chemical research facility called Hope Center #1, a rat causes a chemical leak and dies; but as two workers investigate, that rat suddenly comes back to life and kills one of the men. Subsequently, the entire staff of the plant turn into flesh-eating zombies. A four-man team of commandos led by Lt. Mike London (José Gras) are deployed to eliminate a group of Eco-terrorists who have taken hostages inside a large building at the US Embassy in Barcelona, Spain. The unknown terrorists demand the closing down of all the Hope Centers, which both the government and the military deny the existence of, and the press, under orders of the local authorities, do not make any public announcement to the terrorists’ demands or any mentioning of Hope Centers. After pumping tear gas into the building, Lt. London and his three commandos burst into the room where the terrorists are and kill them all. Once the mission is completed, the team flies to Papua New Guinea due to communication being lost with Hope Center #1, presumed due to terrorist action. They meet journalist Lia Rousseau (Margit Evelyn Newton) and her cameraman, who are investigating a series of mysterious, violent attacks on the locals.

Hordes of flesh-eating zombies attack the native village. The four military men and two journalists travel through the New Guinea jungle in the commando’s jeep, trying to survive while evading the zombies. The group takes refuge in an abandoned plantation, only to come under attack from the zombie residents. They kill and eat one of the commandos, forcing the surviving group to flee. Rousseau and London’s men battle their way to a beach where they take a raft and finally arrive at Hope Center #1, where they find all of the workers either dead or roaming the facility as zombies. Rousseau and London learn about the experimental chemical that was accidentally released which kills people and turns them into zombies. Rousseau learns from the papers left behind in the offices that the chemical, coded as “Operation Sweet Death”, had been intended to curb the Third World population by driving them into preying on each other. In the end, however, neither London’s team nor the two journalists make it out alive; the zombies attack from all directions, and they are all killed or made members of the walking dead. Some time later, the zombie contagion has spread beyond the borders of the country and throughout the world. While politicians and scientist keep disputing the matter, a young couple in the developed world are attacked and devoured by a horde of zombies in a city park.