Fred Mollin

Friday the 13th, Pts. 7 & 8

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In 1988 longtime composer Harry Manfredini briefly exited the venerable horror franchise Friday the 13th for Chapters VII and VIII, prompting Paramount to recruit Fred Mollin, who previously scored the largely unrelated Friday the 13th: The Series for syndicated television. Give Mollin credit for refusing to simply rehash what Manfredini did before him. Both of the scores presented on this limited-edition disc are rooted in electronics, eschewing the tense string arrangements and ghostly ambience of previous outings in favor of pulpy, chaotic melodies that underscore the films' low-budget/lowbrow mayhem. But Mollin's approach quickly wears thin, and he runs his core ideas and themes into the ground via bludgeoning overuse. One can't help but find a new appreciation for Manfredini's relative subtlety and nuance.