Halloween's best duo of the '80s? Alice and Jason
On the SIT80s blog and podcast, we make lists the iconic songs, movies, catch phrases and commercials of the '80s, but have we ever charted the most iconic "sound?" As Halloween approaches, I nominate this one sound as iconic and all you need to hear is the whisper of "che, che, che, cha, cha, cha." You can hear that sound in today's Lost and Found song of the day with Alice Cooper, because He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask).
While there were gory horror movies in the '70s with Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Halloween, for better or worse, history has viewed 1980's Friday the 13th as the start of the "slasher" horror movie era. With a budget under a half million dollars, the original Friday The 13th grossed more than $20 million at the box office, and in total there have been a dozen Friday The 13th movies centered around Jason Voorhees.
In 1986, the sixth installment was released and tagged to provide the theme song to Friday The 13th Part VI: Jason Lives was shock horror rocker Alice Cooper. In the mid-'80s Cooper's chart career hit a lull and He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask) did not chart as well despite the promotional video that combined movie footage with Alice in full costume lending his usual macabre humor to the festivities.
By the end of the decade, Cooper finally hit the charts again with the Top 10 hit Poison and had a small but incredibly scary role in John Carpenter's underrated Prince Of Darkness in 1987. Cooper would also drift over to the other main slasher movie franchise that began in the '80s when he appeared in sixth installment of the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise - Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (There ended up being nine Freddy movies with the one crossover of Freddy vs. Jason in 2003).