Rightfully so, 1978’s Halloween gets a lot of credit for making the slasher sub-genre of horror so popular as we headed into the 1980’s. The film was highly successful and eventually struck a nerve with critics to declare it one of the scariest films of all time. The film was made on a small budget and the return on investment caught the eye of many up and coming filmmakers that figured they could come up with a scary tale that could turn a huge profit.
Producer and director, Sean S. Cunningham saw the potential in the success of these kinds of films. He had worked with Wes Craven on The Last House on the Left and knew if he could come up with a simple and effective concept it could be made on a micro budget and even if the potential profit was small, he could still come out ahead with a fairly successful venture.
Enter Friday the 13th, which began its life merely as a title and a logo. Originally the film was titled A Long Night At Camp Blood but Cunningham saw potential in playing on the superstition of Friday the 13th. Much like Halloween, the name alone could elicit a little fear and peak some interest. Cunningham quickly rushed out an advertisement to Variety magazine because he feared someone would pick up the rights to the title and he wanted to avoid any potential lawsuits. He commissioned a New York advertising agency to