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The next soundtrack in our sequence of sequels was for a film that introduced the world to one of the most iconic slasher villains in horror history, Jason Vorhees. While he did appear as a child for a brief moment at the end of the original film, F13 Part II was the first film in the franchise that featured Jason as the killer. Considered by many to be the counterpart franchise to the subject of my last post, A Nightmare on Elm Street, the Friday the 13th series would also become one of the most popular horror franchises in existence. While most are most famliar with Jason being portrayed as a hockey mask wearing killer, he sported a different look in the early years of the franchise. While donning a burlap sack over his head, the pre-hockey mask wearing Jason dispatched sex-starved teens in a variety of creative ways thoughout Friday the 13th Part 2, a plot that would be rehashed time and time again throughout the series.
Harry Manfredini was chosen to compose the score for the original Friday the 13th film, and would go on to deliver one of the most recognizable scores for any film. His trademark "ki ki ki, ma ma ma" sound, which he created by running his voice through an echo reverberation machine, along with his manic score became synonymous with Friday the 13th and Jason Vorhees. Fortunately for horror fans everywhere Harry Manfredini was brought back on board to compose the score to the sequel, which guaranteed that the film would contain an atmosphere of dread regardless of what was taking place on the screen. F13 Part II turned out to be one of the better films in the franchise though, containing a number of legitimately scary moments, and a plot that hadn't entirely reached the point of self-parody. I have always thought that Manfredini's scores for Friday the 13th were easily some of the most frightening, intense, and creepy scores in the genre. Manfredini chose not to deviate much from his original formula for each of his scores for the series, instead adding minor variations and alterations to adapt the score to the respective film he was working on. I believe that the score for Part II may be the best of the bunch though, as it has a slightly different edge to it than the original. Manfredini turns up the level of agression a bit more for this score, and it seems much more thunderous than the first as well.
I would like to thank the Long Island Ripper and Starman1975 for making this score available. Long Island Ripper runs an amazing blog called The Inferno Music Vault, which can be found here. I believe that Starman1975 was responsible for the rip, or at least submitting it to the Inferno Music Vault. The score was isolated and ripped from the 5.1 surround sound of the Deluxe Edition DVD of the film. Though I'm no audiophile, it sounds absolutely perfect to me, regardless of the 192kbps bitrate. The first track is a dialogue sequence from the beginning of the film where the group is gathered around a campfire listening to a story about the legend of Jason. The rest of the album contains all of the music from the film without dialogue or sound effects.
Year of Release: 1981 Label: N/A | Bootleg Release Genres: Soundtrack/Score, Horror Bitrate: 192kbps
Tracklist: 1. Jason's Out There (Dialogue) 2. Dreams of Camp Blood 3. Revenge For Mother 4. Main Title 5. Lurking 6. Jason Moves Upstairs 7. Jason's Knife 8. Attacking Paul and Ginny 9. After Ginny 10. Hiding in the Cabin 11. Mother is Talking to You 12. Safe at Last 13. Head of the Family (End Credits) 14. Source Cue [The Bar] 15. Excerpts In Terror