Sean S. Cunningham's Friday the 13th debuted on May 9, 1980, starring Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King and Kevin Bacon. Valuable Friday the 13th movie memorabilia includes one sheet posters, lobby card sets and Australian, French, Yugoslavian, Italian and Japanese movie posters.
Paramount Pictures' Friday the 13th slashed its way into movie theaters in 1980. Directed by Sean S. Cunningham and starring Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Jeannine Taylor, Robbi Morgan, Kevin Bacon, Harry Crosby, Laurie Bartram and Mark Nelson, Friday the 13th is set at fictional Camp Crystal Lake where the young counselors are being stalked by a maniacal killer. Made for $550,000, Friday the 13th was released on May 9, 1980, marking the debut of one of the most prolific horror movie franchises in Hollywood history.
Here are ten valuable Friday the 13th movie posters and collectibles that are sure to interest fright fans and movie memorabilia collectors. "Did you know a young boy drowned the year before those two others were killed? The counselors weren't paying any attention...They were making love while that young boy drowned. His name was Jason. I was working the day that it happened. Preparing meals...here. I was the cook. Jason should've been watched. Every minute. He was...He wasn't a very good swimmer." - Betsy Palmer as Pamela Voorhees
Friday the 13th One Sheet Movie Poster
A standard one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in very fine condition brought $79 at auction. Alex Ebel is the poster artist. Friday the 13th was shot on location in New Jersey. Camp Nobebosco in Blairstown served as Camp Crystal Lake, with some cast members opting to stay there during filming as opposed to staying in a hotel.
Friday the 13th one sheet poster $79
Friday the 13th Lobby Card Set
A complete set of eight lobby cards (11x14-inches) in fine/very fine condition sold at auction for $84. Estelle Parsons as Pamela Voorhees? Parsons was originally signed, but the role went to Betsy Palmer instead, who accepted it because she needed a new car. Palmer is only on screen for approximately 13 minutes. Palmer was paid $1,000 a day for ten days' work.
Friday the 13th lobby set $84
Friday the 13th Italian Locandina Movie Poster
An Italian locandina movie poster (13x27-inches) in fine/very fine condition brought $16 at auction.
Friday the 13th French Grande Movie Poster
A French grande movie poster (47x63-inches) in very fine+ condition brought $34 at auction. Friday the 13th debuted in France on February 11, 1981.
Friday the 13th French grande poster $34
Friday the 13th Mini Lobby Card Set
A complete set of eight mini lobby cards (8x10-inches) in very fine+ condition sold at auction for $33. Ireland didn't see Friday the 13th until October 31, 1985, when the horror flick was screened at the Dublin Horrorthon Film Festival.
Friday the 13th Yugoslavian Movie Poster
A Yugoslavian movie poster (18x26-inches) in very fine condition brought a modest $11 at auction. Friday the 13th was filmed in 28 days.
Friday the 13th International One Sheet Movie Poster
An international one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in fine condition sold at auction for $65.73. Friday the 13th's original working title was Long Night at Camp Blood. Victor Miller fashioned the script following the surprise success of John Carpenter's Halloween (1978) two years earlier.
Friday the 13th Australian Daybill Movie Poster
An Australian daybill movie poster (13x30-inches) in very fine/near mint condition fetched a top bid of $131.45 at auction. Friday the 13th, which was distributed overseas by Warner Bros., came to Australia on June 12, 1980.
Friday the 13th Australian daybill poster $131.45
Friday the 13th Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine
Friday the 13th, along with John Carpenter's The Fog, is featured in Famous Monsters of Filmland #163 (May 1980). One graded copy in CGC near mint 9.4 condition brought $25 at auction.
Friday the 13th Japanese B2 Movie Poster
A Japanese B2 movie poster (20x28-inches) in very fine/near mint condition sold at auction for $95.60. Friday the 13th came to Japanese shores on August 2, 1980.
Friday the 13th Japanese B2 poster $95.60
Friday the 13th Movie Memorabilia Credits & Top Image
- All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
- Top image: Friday the 13th mini lobby card in very fine+ condition, one of six $15
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