What The Chilling Whisper In Friday The 13th Is Really Saying

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Written By Sedoso Feb

In a 2015 interview with Gun Media, Harry Manfredini, who wrote the score for nine of the first 10 “Friday the 13th” movies (he sat out “Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan”), said that he wanted a striking cue to kick in every time director Sean S. Cunningham cut to a shot from the killer’s POV. At the time, Manfredini was obsessed with the work of Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki (whose music you’ve heard in William Friedkin’s “The Exorcist,” Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining,” Peter Weir’s “Fearless” and numerous David Lynch projects), and concocted the eerie whisper.

As you’ll recall, once Pamela Voorhees (Betsy Palmer) is revealed as the killer, she begins to channel the spirit of her dead son Jason. Finally, she’s speaking in his literal voice, sputtering “Kill her, mommy! Kill her, mommy!”

According to Manfredini, he shortened this phrase to “Ki-ki-ki, ma-ma-ma” for the whisper.

So now, when you’re on your third Schlitz and you get to arguing about the “Friday the 13th” movies, you can consult your smartphone and end the debate tout de suite. What’s the fun in that? True, you can always bicker over which of the 11 movies (including the 2009 remake) is the worst, but everyone knows the answer is “Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood.” It’s a brave, boring new world we’ve created for ourselves.

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