The budget was a mere $500,000. The movie grossed over $37 million at the box office!
Contributed by: Steven Murray
(Alice) found herself stalked by a lunatic after making the movie and that's why she stayed out of the limelight for so many years, even refusing to go to fan conventions. It's only in the last few years she has started attending such venues, stating, "I didn't realise how many fans I had." She also has said she has put the stalker in the past now.
Contributed by: Kevin Allustiarti
In the last scene where Jason jumps out of the water and pulls the girl in, it one of only a few times you actually get to see Jason's face, the next time was at the end of part II when Jason jumps through the window and grabs Ginny.
Sean Cunningham, the director of "Friday the 13th" worked with Wes Craven on "Last House on the Left" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street
Contributed by: Russell Shiley
It's sometimes said that when Jason jumps out of the water to pull Alice in, it was one of only two times you get to see his face through the whole series -the other being Jason X... This isn't true, as we saw him crash through the glass window during the scene with the dog in Part II. We also see him take off the mask in part III to reveal his face to Dana Kimmell when he's hanging from the rope. And his mask was knocked off by Tommy's sister in part IV just before Tommy kills him. We saw slight glimpses of his face (mostly just his eyes) when he was unearthed by Tommy and Hawes (played by Arnold Horshack!) in part VI. And his mask was ripped off telekenetically by Lar Park Lincoln in part VII. And there was some lame sequence, I think, in part VIII (actually, the whole movie was lame) where Jason was electrocuted on subway rails and turned into the young Jason, sans mask? (been a while since I've seen it.) And of course, Jason X (which was mentioned), where the gal cuts the mask from his face, starts to take it off and we briefly see his face.
Contributed by: Paul Rizzo
Sean Cunningham also produced and directed the 1983 movie " Spring Break". Harry Manfredini who did the music for several 'Friday the 13th' films also did the music for 'Spring Break'. You can clearly hear the same background music in both films. The police officer at the end of the film talking to Alice in the hospital, also has a minor role in 'Spring Break'.
Contributed by: Laurent ÉCrivain
Harry Crosby is Bing Crosby's son.
Contributed by: Mike Schnell
During her run in "Knots Landing", Betsy Palmer
mentioned in an interview the number of movies that she had done, then followed it with: "That's not counting Friday the 13th. I don't really count that as a movie."
Like any good cult movie, Friday 13th has it's legends. One of them concerns Jason himself. There is lots of confusion and mis-information about the actor who played the boy in the lake, but it was in fact Ari Lehman who plays Jason at the end. Not Corey Feldman as some people think... Or anyone else apparently!
Contributed by: Barry Freiman
Betsy Palmer next appeared for several seasons of the successful night-time soap opera, "Knots Landing", as the Aunt of main character Valene Ewing, played by Joan van Ark. Coincidentally, Lar Park Lincoln played killer Jason's psychic powered enemy in a Friday the 13th sequel and Lincoln also followed up that work with several seasons on Knots Landing. Could Jason Voorhees really be a Ewing?
This was Kevin Bacon
's first leading role in a feature film. He had made his feature film debut in "National Lampoon's Animal House" (1978).
In Australia, the film was considered to be so frightening' each and every patron who managed to sit through the entire film was awarded with a certificate at the end.
The camp used for the filming was also used in an episode of "Fear" on MTV. The producers of Fear made up another back story about missing counselors and called it "Camp Spirit Lake"