In honor of both Friday the 13th and Flashback Friday, 20to30 wants to remind you of a time when Jason Voorhees was actually scary – before his hockey mask overstayed its welcome by the tenth sequel.

It’s been over 30 years since the hockey-masked slasher macheted his way into American pop culture.

The Friday the 13th franchise was iconic of the 80s, stretching into 12 feature-length films, terrifying American audiences and likely contributing to a plunge in camping gear sales.

The films followed a rather straightforward formula – attractive, sexually-active teens journey to the woods for a weekend of alcohol-induced debauchery, only to be sliced and diced by the machete-wielding killer.

And while Jason may have made an entire generation of teens consider the possible repercussions of premarital sex in the woods, his scare-factor has been diminished by either too many sequels or the over-commercialization of the iconic hockey mask.

Friday the 13th just doesn’t seem to scare like it used to.


Thomas Freeman is Texas-transplant and aspiring journalist trying (but often failing) to navigate New York City. A current NYU student, Thomas also writes articles and manages media content for 20to30.

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