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Friday the 13th

Violent killer Jason becomes the catalyst for 30 years of cinematic bloodshed and would go on to become on of the most recognizable faces in horror. 'Friday the 13th' will show this Friday at The Varsity Center.

PARAMOUNT STUDIOS

CARBONDALE — This Friday marks April 13 — yes, it's the notoriously unlucky Friday the 13th. In honor of our first Friday the 13th this year, The Varsity Center will screen the classic horror flick "Friday the 13th."

One of the longest-running horror film series began with this gory shocker from director Sean S. Cunningham, who had previously produced Wes Craven's classic “Last House on the Left.” Its creation was prompted by the success of John Carpenter’s “Halloween.”

“Friday the 13th" received negative reviews in 1980 when it was released, but it made nearly $40 million at the box office and spawned numerous sequels and has since become a cult horror classic.

The movie tells the story of entrepreneur Steve Christie (Peter Brouwer) who reopens Camp Crystal Lake after many years of being shut down because it has been cursed by murders and bad luck. The teenage camp counselors Christie hires are killed, one by one, by an unseen murderer. The movie stars Betsy Palmer, Adirenne King, Harry Crosby, Laurie Bartram, Kevin Bacon, Jeannine Taylor, Mark Nelson and Robbi Morgan.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and are available in advance at thevarsitycenter.org. Tickets also will be available at the venue on the night of the show when doors and the bar open at 7. The Varsity Bar features beer, wine, select cocktails, nonalcoholic beverages, snacks and popcorn.

“Friday the 13th” is rated R for adult situations and language, sex and graphic violence. Anyone under 17 requires an accompanying parent or adult guardian.

The Varsity is in downtown Carbondale at 418 S. Illinois Ave. Keep up with upcoming events at facebook.com/varsitycenter.

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