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Although it may seem cliche to some to share music from the Friday the 13th films for the Halloween Countdown, I simply can't resist doing so for several reasons. I am going to do my best to deliver a balanced selection of material for the Halloween Countdown, posting items that may be obscure, popular, vintage, or new. The first and most important reason for sharing this is due to the completely undeniable badassness of this score. Harry Manfredini's score for Friday the 13th is one of the creepiest and unnerving within the entire horror film genre. I'm one of those people who doesn't scare easily, even when placed in situations where I probably should be, at least for my own well-being. However, while listening to this last night I couldn't help but feel as if someone might be lurking in one of the bedrooms behind me, waiting to dispatch me in some horrible manner if I dared to walk down the hallway.
Like many children raised by alcholic and junked out parents during the '80s, I had free reign to watch films full of gratuitous nudity, violence and gore. Aside from the Friday films released by New Line Cinema, which didn't have any redeeming qualities in my opinion, I have watched the films from the series many many times over the years. Which brings me to my second reason for sharing this: I know there are many other horror enthusiasts close to my age who grew up watching these films time and time again, and hold these films near and dear to their heart. I posted the Friday the 13th: Special Edition Soundtrack a couple of years ago, and it has almost been downloaded more times than any other album on this blog, which speaks volumes about the ongoing popularity of the series after 30 years. I hope that this score will be equally well received, and I have the scores to the majority of the films in the series, so if anyone is interested I can post some of them also.
I wish that I could remember where I found this so I can give credit to the person responsible for ripping it. I wrote a note for myself that states that the score was isolated and ripped from the 5.1 surround sound of the DVD, most likely from the Friday the 13th DVD box set. The bitrate is a little low at 192kbps, but it sounds absolutely perfect to me. The album art must have been custom created also, as soundtrack is mispelled as "sondtrack" on the front cover.
I'm going to go ahead and end this post since there really isn't much that I can say about either the film or the score that hasn't already been said a thousand times before, not that it has ever stopped me before, but I have a ton of stuff that I want to be able to share before "Halloween Countdown 2010" is over. "Sci-Fi September" made me realize all to well how quickly a month can pass, and I don't want to make the same mistake twice.
Year of Release: 1980 Label: NA / Bootleg Release Genres: Film Score, Horror Bitrate: 192kbps
Tracklist: 1. Camp Blood New 2. Prelude 3. We Weren't Doin' Anything 4. Main Title 5. Kill The Cook 6. The Snake 7. Ralph's Warning 8. What's In The Top Bunk 9. Jack's Death 10. The Outhouse 11. The Arrow 12. Resting 13. Bill Behind The Door 14. The Terror Begins 15. Mrs. Voorhees 16. Her Revenge 17. The Attack Continues 18. The Beheading 19. End Title (Sail Away Little Sparrow) 20. Source Music (The Ride To Camp) 21. Introduction To Horror