“The careful consideration of a film, applying to it the skills that we all have available to us, is an enjoyable, useful addition to a full life, as it is with any art form” (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2011, pg.2, Para.3). The purpose of this paper will be to explore of the film entitled Friday the 13th (Cunningham, 1980) with the intent to analyze its components. By analyzing its various key film elements, one may obtain knowledge pertaining to its compatibility with auteur theory. Via scrutiny of various film elements found within a movie, and then contrasting them to the story of the motion picture, one is enabled to attain validity for autueristic analysis. Through strong comprehension of film elements and its application to various motion pictures, a greater satisfaction from them can be gained. In the following paragraphs, the film elements of genre, acting, cinematography, editing, sound, style/directing, social impact, scholarly analysis, and storytelling will be analyzed in application to the film entitled Friday the 13th (Cunningham, 1980); afterwards, a contrast of these elements to the element of storytelling will be deliberated for the purposes of relating the film entitled Friday the 13th (Cunningham, 1980) to auteur theory.
First, genre is a vital element for a film as many viewers base their initial responses to a film on this particular element. The overall genre of Friday the 13t h (Cunningham, 1980) is classified as horror as it contains violent images and is meant to convey anxious feelings and fear induced moods; however, Tom Savini states that “Friday the 13th defined what is considered the modern day slasher” (Masi & Farrands, 2009); as a result, a subgenre of film was identified and recognized shortly after its release. This had a wide-range successful effect as it served as the template for many 1980’s slasher films, such as Sleepaway Camp (Tatosian & Hiltzik, 1983) and The Burning (Weinstein...