“When people visit me at autograph conventions and signings, they always say, ‘You just don’t know how you scared me!’ These people are grown up. They say, ‘When I was a kid, I just couldn’t sleep at night.’ Sometimes they will have babies with them. And they give me their babies, and they take pictures of me holding their baby.”


Betsy Palmer, alias Mrs. Voorhees (Jason’s mother in Friday the 13th (1980)) – who died 29th May, 2015 aged 88 – on the lasting effect her character had on fans of the film.


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