The Friday the 13th horror series has one consistency. No, it isn’t that Jason is the killer nor is it the iconic hockey mask. The one constant is Harry Manfredini’s theme. Now I know that horror fanatics probably already have their collection of Friday the 13th music. However, do you have it on vinyl? What about some kick-ass artwork by someone who truly appreciates the more iconic moments of the film? To all the horror and soundtracks aficionados, I give you Waxwork Records release of Friday the 13th Part II.
Outside of Harry Manfredini’s iconic theme being the one constant, I do feel that his score could simply be interjected into any one of the movies, or any other horror movie for that matter. It’s not that it’s dull, it’s just constant and methodical; much like the film’s killer. Harry Manfredini manages to keep a great pace with film and jumpstarts the audiences from one kill to the next. Again, with that being said, this could be part 3 or 8 and I wouldn’t really know the difference. What I do love about this score is that it is the perfect thing to play as the leaves fall and scare away summer. Waxwork Records has delivered an incredible remastered vinyl that breathes just as heavy as Manfredini plays his iconic ‘ki ki ki, ma, ma, ma’.
We live in an era where the studios have lost touch with what the fans really want. Rarely do they have artists paint fantastic posters or album covers. Thankfully, a company like Waxwork Records knows that there are fans out there who want more than just remastered editions of boring, safe, original studio releases. For their vinyl release of Friday the 13th Part II, they hired Rich Kelly to design an album cover that is worthy of a horror icon who won’t ever die.
Kelly was tasked with with creating a cover outside the confines of the iconic hockey mask. He accomplishes this beautifully with Jason emerging from Camp Crystal Lake. What sets this cover apart even more is Jason’s mother over his shoulder as the moon. An icon emerging once again from the watery grave on the unsuspecting camp counselors sets the tone for what you will listen to.
Now I know that, normally, a studio wouldn’t place a spoiler type image on the soundtrack. Being that the film is over 30 years old, the iconic moment of Mrs. Voorhees’ head on a makeshift alter makes a perfect back cover to the LP. When you open the LP up to see the liner notes, Kelly has crafted a dark comic book moment of lovers in a tryst, completely unsuspecting that Jason is about to interrupt them. Again, it sets the tone, if you have seen it or not, for what this film is about.
The final kill on this LP and why any horror fan cannot live without it, is the actual vinyl record (check it out on the Waxwork Record site, linked above). Side A features all the track listings for both sides and is in the style of Ms. Voorhees’ blue sweater with Camp Counselor Blood Splatter. Side B features a little canvas in the style of Jason’s burlap sack mask, again with some blue sweater.
Horror fans are the most rabid of any genre. Here is a chance to not only own some incredible artwork, but play the score on actual vinyl. Your horror collection will certainly look and sound a whole lot better with Waxwork Records’ vinyl copy of Friday the 13th Part II.
We live in an era where the studios have lost touch with what the fans really want. Rarely do they have artists paint fantastic posters or album covers. Thankfully, a company like Waxwork Records knows that there are fans out there who want more than just remastered editions of boring, safe, original studio releases.
The final kill on this LP and why any horror fan cannot live without it, is the actual vinyl record.