Crystal Lake Radio: 13 best songs from the Friday the 13th franchise

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Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan — Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

7. The Darkest Side of the Night – Metropolis

Despite what seemingly the majority of Friday the 13th fans think of this installment, none can deny how incredible this track is. 1989’s Jason Takes Manhattan may be terribly flawed and it’s the first in the franchise to be done without Harry Manfredini as the composer, but Peter Fredette/Stan Meissner’s hard rock city jam somehow makes it even better. Strangely, a full version of this song wouldn’t see a release until 2000.

8. Disco theme from Friday the 13th Part 3 – Harry Manfredini and Michael Zager

Get me a hockey mask and I’ll strip to this song. I don’t care, I’ve been working on my body. This song is too euphonious not to catch yourself dancing to and would surely be a hit anywhere it’s played. This is a Crystal Lake Radio must and shall forever be. For those lucky enough to have experienced Friday the 13th part 3 in 3D in 1982, this Friday fan admires you.

9. When Darkness Falls – Killswitch Engage

If memory serves, they utilized the Adam Mix for the motion picture soundtrack of Freddy vs Jason, a year before this was released. However, this version feels a lot more complete. So, same song, just different version — it still totally counts. It’s a very angry yet tragic sounding tune and has the kind of energy the third act of any horror movie should have. Should Jason return home soon, this track is probably more fitting earlier on Crystal Lake Radio’s playlist, lest we block out the blood-curdling screams of one of our fellow campers by night’s end.