Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Alice Cooper - “He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)” (Song)
31 Days of Halloween Music

Here is one of my favorite tracks taken from/used for a specific horror film. This song was the theme song to the 1986 film "Friday the 13th part VI: Jason Lives". I love it because it's more than just a subtle reference to Jason or slasher films in general. It's specifically talking about Jason and the verses speak to familiar scenarios seen or to a degree what the public consciousness thought these films portrayed. It even includes an interpolation of Harry Manfredini's "ki ki ki ma ma ma" heard throughout the majority of the Friday films. Alice's brand of rock music, especially at that time really fit with the slasher horror film. This track was also Alice's lead single on his album "Constrictor" released the same year. The video is fun because it shows Alice doing his stage thing, but also cutting in clips from "Jason Lives" which back in 1986 was the only way I was seeing anything regarding the film outside of seeing it in the theater. I always had to wait for VHS release or edited for TV versions.

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