Friday the 13th script
Synopsis: Friday the 13th is a 1980 American slasher film directed by Sean S. Cunningham and written by Victor Miller. The film tells the story of a group of teenagers who are murdered one by one while attempting to re-open an abandoned campground, and stars Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Harry Crosby, Laurie Bartram, Kevin Bacon, Jeannine Taylor, Mark Nelson and Robbi Morgan.

FADE IN:

1 EXT. ROAD - DAY

The TRACK is SILENT.

The CAMERA looks at a sign. It reads:

CAMP CRYSTAL LAKE

Established 1935

Gradually we can begin to hear, in the BG, the SOUNDS of

CHILDREN playing.

CUT TO:

2 EXT. SOFTBALL FIELD - DAY

In the BG a few dozen CHILDREN, in camp uniforms, are enjoying

a game of softball.

In the FG CLAUDETTE is looking for someone. CLAUDETTE is 17

years old. She is pretty. She wears a t-shirt with "Assistant

Counsellor" written on it. She fills out the shirt very well.

Failing to find whomever she is looking for, CLAUDETTE walks

quickly in the opposite direction.

The CAMERA holds on the game for a few seconds and we

SUPERIMPOSE:

JULY 4, 1958

The CHILDREN'S VOICES FADE slowly.

CUT TO:

3 EXT. RIFLE RANGE - DAY

ECU as a COUNSELLOR squeezes off a shot.

The paper target is ripped in the black.

The COUNSELLOR hands the weapon to a CAMPER who snaps in at the

line.

CLAUDETTE shouts up to the COUNSELLOR from the BG.

CLAUDETTE:

Have you seen Barry?

The COUNSELLOR smiles. Shrugs.

COUNSELLOR:

He and Chloe were at the Lodge last time

I saw him.

CLAUDETTE leaves. The COUNSELLOR smiles.

CUT TO:

4 EXT. MAIN LODGE - DAY

Two CHILDREN run by carrying Indian headdresses. CLAUDETTE

passes them impatiently as she sees BARRY and CHLOE.

BARRY is leaning against the front rail of the porch, his arms

behind his head--the better to show off his physique to CHLOE,

and Assistant Counsellor, who is currently looking at him with

cow eyes. In the BG we can hear a portable radio blaring out

an Everly Brothers hit.

BARRY is 17, handsome and out for all he can get. He is not

ashamed for being caught with this other good-looking girl.

CLAUDETTE:

We've got to talk.

BARRY looks at CHLOE, then eases off the rail. Nods.

BARRY:

Okay.

5 BARRY puts an arms around CLAUDETTE, looks over his

shoulder at CHLOE, and saunters off with the former.

The Everly Brothers continue as we:

CUT TO:

6 EXT. LAKE - DAY

From over the tops of a rack of canoes we see BARRY and

CLAUDETTE walking along the shore.

CLAUDETTE:

You said we were special.

BARRY:

I meant everything.

In the BG, CHILDREN leap into the water.

BARRY:

(continuing)

You know what I said, though.

CLAUDETTE:

I can't, Barry...

CUT TO:

7 EXT. FOREST - DAY

The TRACK goes SILENT.

BARRY & CLAUDETTE walk along a path. This is not an aimless

walk, for BARRY knows exactly where he wants to go. He leaves

the path and goes to sit on a log in a small clearing.

CLAUDETTE hesitates, then goes to sit next to him.

BARRY:

I care very much.

He puts an arm around her and draws her close. They kiss.

They separate.

CLAUDETTE:

Does Chloe kiss as good as I do?

BARRY decides to be politic.

BARRY:

I wouldn't know.

CLAUDETTE:

Oh, you...

She kisses him and they are locked.

A bird calls, wheels across the patch of sky above.

The CAMERA shifts to ANOTHER ANGLE: Just beyond the thicket of

lacy vines. It is a slow tracking shot which gives the

impression that we are watching the action from the POV of

another person, an unseen visitor...watching the two teen-aged

Assistant Counsellors making their first sexual encounters.

This unseen observer will be called the PROWLER.

BARRY reaches up outside CLAUDETTE'S t-shirt to hold her

breast. She reaches up to take his hand away.

BARRY:

Claudette...

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Victor Miller

Victor Miller or Victor B. Miller (born May 14, 1940) is an American writer for film and television. Perhaps his best known and most acknowledged work is his screenplay for the original Friday the 13th film, the popularity of which spawned a long series of sequels, none of which has his involvement, although he remains credited for being the creator of characters, Jason Voorhees and his mother. more…

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