It snuck up on us again, that holiday that arouses superstition and perhaps the secret hope that something disturbing will transpire. All right, it’s not an official holiday, but many people enjoy the coming of each Friday The 13th, a day which portends back luck. It’s at least a good excuse to watch a cool horror movie, like the original Friday The 13th and/or many of its endless slasher sequels.
This year you can go one better and actually listen to the soundtrack to numerous Friday The 13th movies with music composed by Harry Manfredini (who was interviewed vigorously by Mark Morton of Examiner.com). The Friday the 13th Parts I-VI 6-disc limited edition box set — only 1,300 units created at the price of $70 a pop — features over five hours of remastered music, and most of it has reportedly not available previously in any format. There’s a 40-page booklet included as well. The set will be sold exclusively through the website of La-La Land Records, who are releasing it.To help celebrate the coming of Friday the 13th Parts I-VI, the fine folks at La-La Land Records are co-hosting, in conjunction with Creature Features and ShockTillYouDrop.com, a rare 35mm double-bill featuring Friday the 13th and Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives tonight at the historic Vista Theater in Los Angeles. Tickets for the screening are $15 each.
Between the two films, ShockTillYouDrop.com managing editor Ryan Turek will host a panel with special guests including actress Adrienne King (from part 1 and 2), composer Harry Manfredini and Friday the 13th Part VI actors Thom Mathews, David Kagen, Darcy DeMoss, Vinnie Guastaferro and Nancy McLoughlin. Other guests will be forthcoming. Will Jason Voorhees himself arrive to hack and slash? One can only hope.
If not, or if you’re not in the area anyway, you can at least nab a box set and go home and listen to the music of your slasher nightmares.