FRIDAY THE 13TH: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SCORE
Friday the 13th: Original Motion Picture Score manages to capture the slashing feel of the slasher flick with many sudden, jarring bursts of the violin. The music draws out the tension with long notes, has the drama of the chase often, and its closing "The Boat in the Water/Jason in the Lake" reflects the serenity and sudden surprise that wraps up the movie.
This soundtrack does have its share of flaws. Many of the songs borrow/steal from Bernard Herrmann's music from Psycho. The non-horrific "Banjo Travelin'" and "Sail Away, Tiny Sparrow" feel out of place, not contrasting the horror of the other music but giving a jarring contrast. And the movie's iconic chant "ki-ki-ki, ma-ma-ma" is used so often it quickly becomes, er, overkill.
Friday the 13th: Original Motion Picture Score manages to match the scares and slashes of its movie perfectly, and it works pretty well on its own. While it's neither wholly original nor flawless, this is ideal mood music -- if you're in the mood for fear.
Overall grade: B
Reviewed by James Lynch