Harry Manfredini

Composer Harry Manfredini is most notable for his pivotal score work in the "Friday the 13th" film franchise--and stuck largely to the horror genre throughout his career. It was in the first "Friday the 13th" film that ... Read more »
Born: 08/25/1943

Filmography

Music (65)

Anna Nicole 2014 (Movie)

(Music)

30 Minutes or Less 2011 (Movie)

("In the Barn") (Song)

Friday the 13th 2009 (Movie)

("Jason Vocal EFX") (Song)

Edgar Allen Poe's House of Usher 2008 (Movie)

(Music)

Christmas on Chestnut Street 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Music

Unthinkable 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Music

All In 2006 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Endangered Species 2003 (Movie)

(Music)

Jason X 2002 (Movie)

(Music)

Jason X 2002 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Carman: the Champion 2001 (Movie)

(Composer)

Carman: the Champion 2001 (Movie)

(Music)

Bug Buster 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Wes Craven Presents Wishmaster 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

A Gun, a Car, a Blonde 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

Follow Your Heart 1996 (Movie)

(Composer)

Dead on Sight 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

Storybook 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

Amore! 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

My Boyfriend's Back 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Aces: Iron Eagle III 1992 (Movie)

music composer (Composer)

House IV 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

Kickboxer 3: The Art of War 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

Angel of Death 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Private War 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

B-Men 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Cameron's Closet 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

Cameron's Closet 1989 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

DeepStar Six 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

The Horror Show 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

Double Revenge 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Double Revenge 1988 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Flex 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Jane B. par Agnes V. 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

House II: The Second Story 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

Slaughter High 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

Fire With Fire 1986 (Movie)

("Friday the 13th: A New Beginning") (Music)

House 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Friday the 13th - A New Beginning 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

The Hills Have Eyes Part II 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

April Fool's Day 1983 (Movie)

(Music)

Spring Break 1983 (Movie)

(Music)

Spring Break 1983 (Movie)

songs("Lauderdale Ladies" "Have Some Fun Tonight" "Do It to You") (Song)

Zombie Island Massacre 1983 (Movie)

(Music)

Friday the 13th - Part 3 1982 (Movie)

(Music)

Friday the 13th - Part 3 1982 (Movie)

Title Theme Song (Theme Song)

Swamp Thing 1982 (Movie)

(Music)

The Returning 1982 (Movie)

(Music)

Friday the 13th Part 2 1981 (Movie)

(Music)

Friday the 13th 1980 (Movie)

(Music)

The Children 1979 (Movie)

(Music)

Here Come the Tigers 1978 (Movie)

("Buster's Theme") (Music)

Here Come the Tigers 1978 (Movie)

("You Gotta Believe It") (Song)

Night-Flowers 1978 (Movie)

(Music)

The Kirlian Witness 1977 (Movie)

(Music)

Amber's Story (TV Show)

Music

Raven (TV Show)

Music

Terminal Invasion (TV Show)

Music
Actor (1)

Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film 2007 (Movie)

On-Camera Interview (Actor)

Biography

Composer Harry Manfredini is most notable for his pivotal score work in the "Friday the 13th" film franchise--and stuck largely to the horror genre throughout his career. It was in the first "Friday the 13th" film that Manfredini created his hauntingly menacing "killer theme," which was meant to represent the killer in absentia (similar to the way the "Jaws" score was used). The most distinctive part of this piece, however, was the sound "ki ki ki, ma ma ma" which Manfredini personally recorded and ran through an echo reverberation machine for effect, overlaying the last part of the piece. This suspense-inducing sound has become inextricably linked with the entire slasher series; the theme was used repeatedly as the franchise spawned countless sequels. Though Manfredini worked on several Wes Craven projects throughout the years, he scored a number other thriller and horror films, such as the cult classic "Slaughter High". Unfortunately, on that project Manfredini's work was overshadowed by both the suicide of the actor who played the killer and the mysterious rock song used in the beginning credits (not written or chosen by Manfredini). Though Manfredini is most associated with the horror and thriller genres, he has occasionally worked on comedy and adventure films, especially in the 1980s--but none were particularly successful, critically, or financially.

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