Director: Sean S. Cunningham
Stars: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Harry Crosby, Laurie Bartram, Mark Nelson, Jeannine Taylor, Robbi Morgan, Kevin Bacon, Ari Lehman
Vacation destination: Camp Crystal Lake
Thoughts of summer camp used to inspire visions of roasting marshmallows, cheesy camp T-shirts, and campfire sing-alongs. That is, before Pamela Voorhees (Palmer) and her son Jason hit the scene at Crystal Lake.
Now we know the truth: Camp is not a place for joyous summer memories. Mrs. Voorhees ensured that camping will forever be tinged with terror. Cabins are potential murder scenes, counselor-to-counselor hanky-panky will inevitably lead to horror, and even serene lakes have something perpetually lurking beneath their calm exteriors.
Jason and his mother spawned a slew of sequels, and the franchise has remained one of the most profitable slasher films in horror history, proving that we're all just gluttons for punishment.