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FRIDAY THE 13TH Fans Horrify Kevin Bacon, Here’s Why

Kevin Bacon has been in his fair share of fright flicks including Tremors, Hollow Man, and Stir of Echoes. But it all started with Friday the 13th.

And today the actor talked bit about why Friday the 13th fans scare him.

Bacon tells EW: “Some of the movies that I’ve been in were very specifically by choice. Friday the 13th, that’s just because I needed to pay the rent, really. It ended up exploding. I don’t know how many they made. I’m always horrified by the fact that, when it comes to autograph hounds, that’s probably the number one picture that I’m asked to sign. Me, with blood coming out of my mouth and an arrow through my neck. You know, I’m a pretty easygoing guy. After a while, it just gets to you. You’re like, really, do I have to sign another picture of me dead?

Meh. Don’t think too hard about that one, Bacon.

He adds in defense of our beloved genre: “It is a genre that I really like. I like moves that have life or death stakes. I would say that, when it comes to the genre, I’m not so interested in slasher horror where teens in sweat pants are getting their throats cut. I really have always loved things like Don’t Look Now and Rosemary’s Baby and The Shining and The Exorcist and on and on and on.”

Friday the 13th (1980) tells the tale of counselors working at Crystal Lake whose history of murder doesn’t deter them from setting up a summer camp in the woodsy area. Superstitious locals warn against it, but the fresh-faced young people — Jack (Kevin Bacon), Alice (Adrienne King), Bill (Harry Crosby), Marcie (Jeannine Taylor), and Ned (Mark Nelson) — pay little heed to the old-timers. Then they find themselves stalked by a brutal killer. As they’re slashed, shot, and stabbed, the counselors struggle to stay alive against a merciless opponent.

The film sports a 63% approval rating over on Rotten Tomatoes with a Critics Consensus that reads: Rather quaint by today’s standards, Friday the 13th still has its share of bloody surprises and a ’70s-holdover aesthetic to slightly compel.

Written by Mike Sprague

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