Friday the 13th Part IV – Added SFX

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I was in elementary school when my parents took me to see Who Framed Roger Rabbit.  Now, I don’t know who decides what trailers are attached to certain movies, but somebody must have had a good chuckle when deciding to include Friday the 13th Part VIII before this one.  What could be better for a family outing?

I fell for this one completely and didn’t see it coming when Jason turned around.  I’m man enough to admit that I was scared.  I was also fascinated though, and didn’t stop thinking about that movie for a long time.  A good trailer can have me just about dying to see a movie.

Since I was just too young to have anything more than vague memories of TV spots for anything from the early 80s, I had to wait for Paramount to (very slowly) roll out the Friday the 13th DVDs in the late 90s in order to catch any of those previews.  It’s almost disgusting to think how excited I was to throw down about $30 for each of these releases.  The first thing I did each time was watch the trailers.

I am such a nut for nostalgia that I love watching old fashioned trailers and imagining the goosebumps that I would have gotten seeing them in the proper context.

I understand that the studios only have a couple of minutes to hook you and want to make the best impression possible.  Sometimes this involves scenes or shots created specifically for the trailer, like with Friday VIII or Texas Chainsaw Massacre III.  Other times, content from from movie might just be tweaked slightly in hopes of making sense when taken out of context.  Then there are the occasions where they just add a bunch of audio of people gasping.

That’s the case with today’s entry into my collection.  Before we go any further, take a look at the trailer and see if you notice anything different.

All the clips included are easily recognizable from the movie, but fans with sharp ears are going to pick on some differences.  The first one is at the 30 second mark.  This is from the scene where Jason is put in the cooler by Axel, the morgue attendant.  Jason had interfered with his make out session just moments before, but Axel takes it in stride.  At this point in the trailer, Jason audibly exhales.  The intent is clear, they want to show that Jason is still alive.  It’s just that Jason is breathing too loud.  How did Axel not hear that?  If Jason wanted his presence known this badly, he should have just cleared his throat.

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That’s Jason’s breath in the middle of the screen, which makes me wonder why anyone thought he was dead in the first place.

The next new bit comes about 44 seconds in.  For some reason, the last shot of Mrs. Jarvis from the movie is spliced into the scene where one of the twins gets grabbed and thrown from the window.  It almost gives the impression that Jason throws the twin at her.  That would have been an interesting idea in its own right, but listen the the sound they added for her.  It doesn’t sound like a terrified gasp.  It almost sounds pleasurable – like she got a sudden tingle in her nether regions.

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Not aroused.

While the narrator extols attributes of Jason that could frequently appear on a critic’s laundry list of complaints about slashers in general (“He doesn’t even seem to breathe” and “He…mindlessly…kills”), we get a few more delightful little additions.  At 56 seconds, we get a brief shot of the other twin getting killed in shadow.  Here, her gasp sounds like she’s either choking on a grape or getting ready to hawk a loogie.

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After that, we’re back in the morgue with Axel as Jason surprises him from behind with a bone saw.  Axel’s gasp here sounds like the appropriate reaction to such an event.  Give it a listen at 1:12.

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That brings me to Ted.  His death is glimpsed twice and each time we are treated to an added sound effect.  We see the shadow of his head at 53 seconds as he gets stabbed through the screen.  It’s a pretty generic sound effect, like one I’d expect to see accompanying a smooshed bug.  A few shots later, at about 1:17, we’re treated to the front view of the stabbing.  Here the sound effect is more pronounced.  I’ve never been stabbed in the back of the head, so I can’t tell if I’d make the sound I make when I come up for air after being underwater for too long.

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As great as I think all these are though, they certainly saved the best for last.  Less than a second after Ted’s drowning gasp, we see Rob turn around quickly.  This was from the scene where Jason breaks his gun and rips up his map.  Rob makes very little noise in the movie, but here, he has the gasp to end all gasps.  Take a listen at 1:18.  That gasp doesn’t say, “Hey, get out of my tent!”, it was more of a, “Holy crap, I was masturbating in here!” type of gasp.

Maybe I’m sharing too much here.  Please don’t try to walk in on me to see what sounds I make.  That wouldn’t be good for anyone.

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Not caught masturbating.

The clips included in the last 20 seconds or so of the trailer play the same way they did in the movie.  Still, between 0:30-1:18 that’s 7 added sound effects I’ve counted.  Were they added as the trailer was being cut, or did someone screen the trailer and decide that it needed something more?  Something like a lot of gasping?  Which begs the question, were these stock sound effects or were they created specifically for this trailer?

I’d love to get a hold of all these sounds isolated from this trailer.  It would be interesting to see what they sound like out of context.

UPDATE

Huge thanks to Fringe Void for making this a reality!  Take a listen to this video he provided and tell me how many of these sounds could pass in a porno.

After your done, take a look at Fringe Void – you’re bound to find something cool!

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18 Responses to Friday the 13th Part IV – Added SFX

  1. Dr. Jose says:

    This is so funny and feels like something I would have written. It’s interesting really: were the unnecessarily-added gasps the ’80s answer to the overused “BWAAAAM” musical cues and jump scares found in the trailers of the 20-aughts and 2010s?

    Also: Rob Dier’s noise was the BEST. Part simian, part Sloth. All Rob.

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    • drhumpp says:

      “Rob Dier’s noise was the BEST. Part simian, part Sloth. All Rob.” – That cracks me up!

      I sort of worry that when I write too specifically about this stuff that no one will appreciate it. It’s nice to know that there are others out there that have watched these movies entirely too much. I’m relieved that other people sort of get what I’m trying to do – especially since I enjoy your writing so much.

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  2. Jeff Hayes says:

    I LOVE the TEXAS CHAINSAW 3 trailer even more than the movie. The Friday VIII trailer was exciting too. It’s too bad some of that footage wasn’t in the movie.

    Liked by 1 person

    • drhumpp says:

      They were great trailers. I think it helped that horror movies still had more mystique for me in 89 and 90. The first movie from the major horror franchises that I got to catch in the theater was Jason Goes to Hell.

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  3. Fringe Void says:

    I was bored, that’s the best I could do:

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  4. filmfunkel says:

    The loogie, smooshed bug, and caught-masturbating gasp; I’m still laughing as I type it. That’s all gold right there. 😄

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Chris says:

    Oh my gosh, you always make me laugh out loud. Your comparisons would make a great lesson on similes…except maybe leave out the masterbating one…
    I should be writing report cards but now I want to watch Friday the 13th and those movies are like Lays chips; you can’t stop at one!

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    • drhumpp says:

      Thank you! Also, I understand that far too many of my similes involve masturbation.

      I would also rather watch Friday the 13th movies than write report cards. I wish I could figure some way to make that happen.

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  6. Sean says:

    Great post! The art of the trailer is fascinating – thanks for pointing out how many little differences there are here to be spotted (or rather, heard).

    Also, I love that part 4 is called “The Final Chapter”.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Tony Parsons says:

    For some reason, I wasn’t aware of ‘audio enhancement’ for trailers … it’s quite an art form!

    Liked by 1 person

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