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A 1980 Volkswagen Scirocco Is Part Of Friday The 13th Lore


Today is Friday the 13th and that means it is time to once again give proper credit to the 1980 Volkswagen Scirocco – because without that car, Betsy Palmer might have never been cast in the role of Mrs. Voorhees [aka Jason’s mom] in the 1980 horror film that went on to spawn numerous sequels.

Palmer – who died at age 88 in 2015 – was an industry veteran with her most notable role being in 1955’s “Mister Roberts” alongside Hollywood heavyweights such as Henry Fonda, James Cagney, Jack Lemmon and William Powell – but figured she had a clunker when she read the script for “Friday the 13th”.

“I had a Mercedes, which I had for a number of years, and it broke down on the Connecticut turnpike. So I said to myself, ‘I need a new car, universe,'” explained Palmer, of her decision to accept the role, identifying a 1980 Volkswagen Scirocco as the car that would replace her dearly departed Mercedes.

“So the phone rang and my agent said, ‘How would you like to do a movie?’ and I said, ‘Great. That will pay for the car that I want to buy,'” Palmer recalled – only to find out it was a horror film.

“And I said, ‘Oh no,'” Palmer said. “So the script came and I read it and said, ‘What a piece of [shit]. No one is ever going to see this. It will come. And it will go. And I will have my Scirocco.'”

And the rest, as they say, was history. The original “Friday the 13th” was made on a budget of $500,000 – but went on to make $39.7 million and produced 12 sequels.

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