My Netflix review:
FRIDAY THE 13th (1980)
4 out of 5 stars
Still fantastic. If you've ever taken Robert McKee's screenwriting Horror Genre day, it's a textbook example of what to do right. Maintains a taut anxiety level in the audience through the whole piece, is totally logical, based on primal fears, and a tremendous amount of fun. The use of the POV camera to put us in the sadist power position of killer has never been done to better effect. What it does almost as well is continually up the energy level by turning up the sexual subtext. Really skillfully done. Makes modern horror slashers look inept and completely unaware of their purpose.
Oh, and the sequel in 1981? Still pre-tty pre-tty good (insert Larry David inflection). 3.5 stars
Heidi Martinuzzi's review of the remake or reimagining or whatever on her female-centric horror site Pretty/Scary.