Picks and Pans Review: Friday the 13th
Apart from bloodthirsty mosquitoes, execrable cuisine and short-sheeted beds, working at a summer camp has never been considered particularly perilous. But after seeing this gory mess, future counselors are sure to demand hazardous duty pay. A sylvan New Jersey setting turns macabre when, one by one, the newly arrived staff of Camp Crystal Lake is dispatched in increasingly gruesome fashion. With one murder every 9.1 minutes, director Sean (Last House on the Left) S. Cunningham tries to keep the murderer's identity unknown with the now-clichéd technique of using hand-held cameras to stalk the victims from a killer's-eye view. The mayhem concludes with an annoying series of false endings, one of which is shamelessly lifted from Deliverance. Adrienne King and Harry Crosby (Bing's 21-year-old son) head a cast of unknowns who perform adequately until their services are mercifully terminated. (R)
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