The next calendar day on which a Friday the 13th will fall will be in March 2015, so this week’s Fright Site is dedicated to Blairstown New Jersey, the original shooting location for the 1980 horror film Friday the 13th. Blairstown, NJ, is located in the north-western part of the state off of route 94. Here you can walk in Mrs. Voorhees footsteps, even eating at the local diner that appeared in the film.
In the movie, the camp’s owner runs in to town for materials and stops for a cup of coffee and a bite to eat at The Blairstown Diner. Meanwhile a sinister maniac dispatches his employees one-by-one back at the camp site.
Blairstown Diner is an actual place in New Jersey and you can visit it at 186 State Route 94 Blairstown, NJ 07825. With a selection of burgers and desserts, the Diner’s most popular dish is the cheesesteaks. It’s easy to imagine Pamela Voorhees having sat in one of the stools at the bar while planning the demise of the counselors invading her camp.
But your tour doesn’t need to end at the diner. Blairstown is the original shooting location for the original Friday the 13th. Why not walk around the small New Jersey town and try to find the many different shooting locations? This website is a great field guide for all things in the original Friday the 13th filming location.
And guess what horror fan, your tour of cinema’s most famous campgrounds does not need to end there. If you are lucky enough to have booked a tour at the real Camp Crystal Lake (in reality, Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco), you can see the original cabins as well as the lake where a very young Jason pulls Alice down with him into the depths of the water. These tours are generally done around Friday the 13th’s in the calender year; this year one falls in March and the other in November. Unfortunately, the campground is not open to the public unless you were lucky enough to secure a tour.
If you join the Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco mailing list, they will inform you as to when a tour will come available. These tours sell out quickly as you can imagine so it is wise to sign up for alerts. You can also get souvenirs, such as pieces from the original dock and framed log slices from the original cabins on the Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco website. While shopping, check out the “Angry Mother” line of products in honor of Mrs. Voorhees herself.
Sometimes horror movie locations are restricted to just one house or location, but this Fright Site contains a whole town! If you’re in need of a vacation, why not head to New Jersey and re-live the nightmare that is Friday the 13th. As always horror fans, if you plan to visit this Fright Site, be respectful and courteous to those around you to ensure that many other fans will have a great experience when they visit Camp Blood in the future.