Scary movies on the rise for Friday the 13th

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MASON CITY, Iowa – Friday the 13th is coming in a particularly spooky form this year as it is coinciding with a full moon.


Astrologists say this this is something that only happens once in a while and that we won’t see this coincidence again for at least another 30 years.


For now, folks are taking advantage of the cosmic addition to the creepy night and while it’s a dreaded day for people who might not like scary things, for others, it’s the perfect backdrop to revisit a love for scary, horror movies.


People young and old headed to the Family Video store in Mason City on Friday to pick out their favorite spooky flick.


Manager Missy Davis says that she loves days like this because it often times brings people back to the classics.


“Definitely seeing all ages,” she says, “a lot of people that are from the 80s and love the camper horror movies, and then we have kids coming in and I’m like, ‘are you sure that’s okay?’ so it’s kind of fun.”


Classic movies like “Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Chucky”, and the “After Dark” series were major hits at Family Video on Friday, but the series that had the most interest, of course, was “Friday the 13th.”


The first “Friday the 13th” movie was released in May of 1980 and was only created with a budget of $550,000.


That small budget gave way to a lot of freaky moments and even more fake blood and the audiences loved it as it grossed more than $39.7 million at the box office.


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