Graveyard Shift

A Timeline Of How 'Friday The 13th' Went Completely Off The Rails

Saying the Friday the 13th franchise changed horror cinema is an understatement. Before the Jason movies, no other horror series built itself around a single character. But while every Friday the 13th installment made money, the history of the series is a mess. There’s no continuity, the entries vary in tone, and the filmmakers couldn't agree on a set formula to make the movies enjoyable.

As the franchise continued, the films essentially marked the passage of time: another year, another installment. And while directors of later films in the series felt they could tell a unique story within the established outlines, tracing the missteps along the trail of Camp Crystal Lake shows how good ideas end up spoiled without proper oversight.