Score Debate: Friday The 13th 2009 Versus Jason Lives: Friday The 13th Part 6

Many fans agree that Steve Jablonsky's score for Friday The 13th 2009 was a huge disappointment, especially with the promise of a reinvention of the film franchise by taking the story back to its roots of the early 1980's. The hope that Jason Voorhees would once again stalk his victims with a more conventional music score akin to Harry Manfredini's original music for the films was an exciting premise. Those hopes were dashed early on in the 2009 reboot as it was apparent that this new Friday The 13th film was going to lack that authentic tense sound design that so many people were frightened by years ago.

The interesting thing to note about the newest film's score is that when compared with Jason Lives: Friday The 13th Part 6, it actually can be argued that it stands out as a more tense and frightening experience! Yes, some fans have lauded the score for Jason Lives over the years because of Harry Manfredini's change in his classic score to a more action orientated affair, which to be fair, probably fits Part 6 more accurately. However, when you compare the fact that Friday The 13th 2009 has a lot of action within the film itself, yet Steve Jablonksy, who has scored numerous action movies previously, does not let his music degrade into action fare, fans should take notice.

What should fans take notice of, you might ask? Well, if Jablonsky's 2009 score is dismissed as soulless music not representative of what a Friday The 13th film should be recognized for, then compare Manfredini's score for Jason Lives: Friday The 13th Part 6 and compare and debate which score truly sounds more like a Horror film and which music fans would associate more with Friday The 13th?

Friday The 13th 2009

Jason Lives: Friday The 13th Part 6
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