Folks, I was all ready to bring you a review of another Friday the 13th movie but I found that my DVD had a real big crack in it – the thing was ready to fall apart. So instead, I got the bright idea of doing a “best of” Friday the 13th Soundtrack tunes. This is my list of the top songs from the Friday the 13th movies. What struck me is how 80s they are, LOL. Here we go:
Friday the 13th Original Theme Harry Manfredini
For the famous theme from the first film, Manfredini was inspired by the film Jaws, where John Williams’ famous notes let the audience know when the shark was around. The famous sound “ki ki ki, ma ma ma” (which is spoken by Manfredini and echo-filtered), comes from Mrs. Voorhees exclamations of “Kill her mommy!” This idea was partly inspired by Krzysztof Penderecki.
Theme From Friday the 13th Part III Harry Manfredini & Michael Zager
This groovy disco theme for the 3rd movie is composed by Manfredini with help from Michael Zager, the guy behind the disco classic Let’s All Chant. Zager and Manfredini produced the tune under the pseudonym Hot Ice.
Love Is a Lie Lion
This is the 80s rock tune that Crispin Glover is doing his wacky dance to in Friday the 13th Part 4. As for the band Lion, they were an L.A. group that was active up until 1989. They did a popular theme song for the 1986 Transformers film. Their 3 released albums are rare, but if you search around Amazon you can find ’em.
His Eyes Pseudo Echo
This is the new-wavy song from Friday the 13th Part 5 that Violet (Tiffany Helm) is dancing to before she gets killed. Pseudo Echo are a band from Melbourne, Australia. They did a cover of Funkytown in 1986.
(He’s Back) The Man Behind The Mask Alice Cooper
One of the cheesy rock tunes from Friday the 13th Part 6, here’s the always reliable Alice Cooper. I didn’t even know there was an official video for this song, but here it is:
Teenage Frankenstein Alice Cooper
The other Alice Cooper song from Jason Lives, this was played in the scene where Jason kills Nikki and Cort in the motor home. I suppose the song is relevant considering that Jason was reanimated in a very Frankenstein way… although he’s certainly much older than a teen.
The Darkest Side of Night Stan Meissner and Peter Fredette