Development[ edit ] Friday the 13th did not have a completed script when Sean S. Cunningham took out this advertisement in Variety magazine Friday the 13th was produced and directed by Sean S. Cunningham, inspired by John Carpenter 's Halloween , wanted Friday the 13th to be shocking, visually stunning and "[make] you jump out of your seat".
Wanting to distance himself from The Last House on the Left, Cunningham wanted Friday the 13th to be more of a "roller-coaster ride". Initially, A Long Night at Camp Blood was the working title during the writing process, but Cunningham believed in his "Friday the 13th" moniker, and quickly rushed out to place an advertisement in Variety. Worried that someone else owned the rights to the title and wanting to avoid potential lawsuits, Cunningham thought it would be best to find out immediately.
He commissioned a New York advertising agency to develop his concept of the Friday the 13th logo, which consisted of big block letters bursting through a pane of glass.
It was moderately successful. But someone still threatened to sue. Either Phil Scuderi paid them off, but it was finally resolved. The camp is still standing and still works as a summer camp. Miller delighted in inventing a serial killer who turned out to be somebody's mother, a murderer whose only motivation was her love for her child.
Voorhees was the mother I'd always wanted—a mother who would have killed for her kids. He was a victim, not a villain. Savini stated that "The whole reason for the cliffhanger at the end was I had just seen Carrie , so we thought that we need a 'chair jumper' like that, and I said, 'let's bring in Jason'".
Cunningham admits that he was not looking for "great actors", but anyone that was likable, and appeared to be a responsible camp counselor. The way Cunningham saw it, the actors would need to look good, read the dialogue somewhat well, and work cheap.
After she auditioned, Moss recalls Cunningham commenting that they saved the best actress for last. As Cunningham explains, he was looking for people that could behave naturally, and King was able to show that to him in the audition. Then they just happen to get killed. It is Bacon and Nelson's contention that, because the three already knew each other, they already had the specific chemistry the casting director was looking for in the roles of Jack, Ned, and Marcie.
Nelson received a call back for a second audition, which required him to wear a bathing suit, which Nelson acknowledges made him start to wonder if something was off about this film. He did not fully realize what was going on until he got the part and was given the full script to read.
Nelson explains, "It certainly was not a straight dramatic role, and it was only after they offered me the part that they gave me the full script to read and I realized how much blood was in it.
Nelson recalls an early draft of the script stating that Ned suffered from polio , and his legs were deformed while his upper body was muscular. He served as a model for the slasher films that would follow Friday the 13th. They said, "you know, Robbi, you're not really right for this, but there's a movie called Friday the 13th and they need an adorable camp counselor.
Robbi Morgan, who plays Annie, was not auditioning for the film when she was offered the role. While in her office, Hughes just looked at Morgan and proclaimed "you're a camp counselor". The next day Morgan was on the set. Rex Everhart , who portrays Enos, did not film the truck scenes with Morgan, so she had to either act with an imaginary Enos, or exchange dialogue with Taso Stavrakis—Savini's assistant—who would sit in the truck with her.
After recently being written off the show Love of Life , Brouwer moved back to Connecticut to look for work. Learning that his girlfriend was working as an assistant director for Friday the 13th, Brouwer asked about any openings. Initially told casting was looking for big stars to fill the role of Steve Christy, it was not until Sean Cunningham dropped by to deliver a message to Brouwer's girlfriend, and saw him working in a garden, that Brouwer was hired.
Voorhees, but eventually declined. Her agent cited that the film was too violent, and did not know what kind of actress would play such a part. Hughes and Moss sent a copy of the script to Betsy Palmer, in hopes that she would accept the part. Palmer could not understand why someone would want her for a part in a horror film, as she had previously starred in films such as Mister Roberts , The Angry Man, and The Tin Star.
Palmer only agreed to play the role because she needed to buy a new car, even when she believed the film to "be a piece of shit. Voorhees, although the audience only sees a pair of legs running after Morgan. Palmer had just arrived in town when those scenes were about to be filmed, and was not in the physical shape necessary to chase Morgan around the woods. Morgan's training as an acrobat assisted her in these scenes, as her character was required to leap out of a moving jeep when she discovers that Mrs.
Voorhees does not intend to take her to the camp. I began with a class ring that I remember reading in the script that she'd worn. Starting with that, I traced Pamela back to my own high school days in the early s. So it's , a very conservative time, and Pamela has a steady boyfriend.
They have sex—which is very bad of course—and Pamela soon gets pregnant with Jason. The father takes off and when Pamela tells her parents, they disown her because having I think she took Jason and raised him the best she could, but he turned out to be a very strange boy.
Then Jason drowns and her whole world collapses. What were the counselors doing instead of watching Jason? They were having sex, which is the way that she got into trouble.
From that point on, Pamela became very psychotic and puritanical in her attitudes as she was determined to kill all of the immoral camp counselors. Voorhees character "terrifying", and to that end he believed it was important that Palmer not act "over the top".
There was also the fear that Palmer's past credits, as more of a wholesome character, would make it difficult to believe she could be scary. According to Lehman, he went in very intense and afterward Cunningham told him he was perfect for the part. The character of Crazy Ralph was meant to establish two functions: Cunningham has stated that he was apprehensive about including the character, and is not sure if he accomplished his goal of creating a new suspect.