Friday the 13th was released into theaters on May 9th, 1980.

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Filming locations include Blairstown, Hardwick and Hope, NJ. Filming ran from September 4th, 1979 to October 3rd, 1979. It was directed by Sean S. Cunningham, who"s admittedly stated that his whole motivation for the film was to attempt to capitalize off the success of Halloween, which had been released one year prior. Regardless, Cunningham and writer Victor Miller, ended up crafting a horror masterpiece. The film had a budget of $550k, and to date the franchise has grossed well over $500 million dollars. The working title for the film was Long Night at Camp Blood. The two jeeps in the film, one driven by Steve Christy and the other by Mrs. Voorhees, were actually the same vehicle, a 1966 CJ-5. During Christie"s scenes the soft-top was down and during Mrs. Voorhees" scenes it was up.
The film features a solid score by Harry Manfredini. On Friday, January 13th, 2012 La-La Land Records released a definitive limited edition box set of all of Manfredini"s tracks (many previously unreleased) for the first six films which was limited to 1300 units. It included a forty page booklet and the first one-hundred units that were ordered through La-La Lands website were autographed by Harry Manfredini. The film also features the song Sail Away Tiny Sparrow, written by Harry Manfredini and sung by Angela Rotella. It"s heard at two points during the film, the first being in the general store when Annie asks for directions and the second being in the diner scene. The films first DVD release was on October 19th, 1999.
She starts out walking west down Main Street, crossing a bridge over Blair Creek. Around 2012, the bridges appearance was altered from what it looks like in the film. Next, she passes by the Old Water Works, which has been there since 1889. At the time of filming it was the town library. The film then cuts to her walking down a street, which is actually Bridge St, the next street over. She"s walking south toward a pair of old gas pumps, which have been gone for quite some time. Next she"s back on Main St. walking east, past the Blairstown Theater (also known as Roy"s Hall). Sometimes the theater has special screenings of Friday the 13th. The Blairstown Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 16th, 1987.
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All "Now" pictures taken in 2019.
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Annie asks for directions - 331 High St. Hope, NJ. 07844
In reality, the store is six and a half miles south of the street Annie was seen walking along. The store has been there since at least the 1930"s. At the time of my visit, it was Hope Junction Antiques.
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All "Now" pictures taken in 2019.
Annie and Enos encounter Crazy Ralph - Walnut St. and High St. Hope, NJ. 07844
This spot looks pretty much like it did in the film, with the exception of a few modifications made to the sidewalk and the stone guardrail across the street.
The entrance to Hope Moravian Cemetery can be seen in the background. The cemetery dates back to the 1700"s, with the oldest gravestone dated 1768.
If you travel from Blairstown to Camp No Be Bo Sco, it"s inevitable that you"ll have to cross over this bridge.
They"re driving southeast on Millbrook Rd, the opposite direction they"d be driving if they were actually going to the camp. Although the lake, house and two of the silo"s in the distance are still there, they"re not visible from the same spot as seen from in the movie, due to all of the foliage during my visit.
All "Now" pictures taken in 2019.

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Diner - 53 State Route 94 Blairstown, NJ. 07825
(Blairstown Diner)
The diner opened in 1949. The "DINER" sign letters were removed at some point but you can still see them at the Blairstown Museum, located at 26 Main St. The interior has been slightly remodeled but is still recognizable from the film. I recommend Blairstown Diner if you like good food and friendly service.
Small bridge Steve Christy and Sgt. Tierney drive over - Shannon Rd. and Sand Pond Rd. Hardwick, NJ. 07825