October 19, 2020

Tech Rap Halloween Edition Part 2: “Friday the 13th”

Forty years ago this past May, summer movie goers were introduced to “Friday the 13th”, a film in the relatively new slice-and-dice, low budget movie genre, complete with a surprise ending that was a scream (literally). The film was shot quickly in 1980 with a budget of a little more than a half million dollars. It was meant to cash in on the wildly successful low-budget slasher “Halloween” that debuted less than two years before. Directed and Produced by Sean S. Cunningham and written by Victor Miller, all involved expected the movie to be one and done, collect their paychecks, and end of story. Little did they know the film would go on to gross nearly $60 million worldwide, spawn ten sequels, a 2009 remake, and a television series.

AMC’s social distancing policy. Photo by Peter Skiera.

In celebration of the 40th Anniversary, select US theaters showed a newly restored and remastered digital “print” of the film. I attended one such event at an expansive AMC theater not far from Como Audio on a night that had a full moon. Although I had seen “Friday the 13” many, many times before, this was the first time I saw it on the “big screen” in surround sound. It was a nice to change not to have to watch a movie on my lap top or TV. The audience was also treated to the half hour “Secrets Galore Behind the Gore” after the main feature. Hosted by special effects/makeup master Tom Savini, the mini-documentary featured an in-depth examination of the pioneering effects employed in the film. COVID regulations were in full force, and I can tell you it was a very strange experience to see the theater 60% empty, no one manning the concession stand, not having anyone seated close to me, and everyone wearing face masks. I guess the adult Jason Voorhees was way ahead of his time by always wearing a face mask, albeit a hockey mask. It felt great to finally be allowed back inside a movie theater after all these months of COVID shutdowns, though I missed the delicious smell of simulated butter-drenched buckets of popcorn and the unmistakable noise of outrageously priced 54-ounce soda slurping. This was the first time I had been in a theater with power recliners, and the first time I did not have an actual physical movie ticket. Instead, the masked attendant seated behind the plexiglass partition scanned a QR code off of my phone. My only complaints…a couple to my far right insisted on talking during the movie, and even more annoying, my eyeglasses kept fogging up (only during the best scenes, of course) thanks to my face mask.

I should like to mention in passing that select theaters will also be showing “The Shining” (which is enjoying its own 40th Anniversary) , the uncut version of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” (60th Anniversary), “Corpse Bride”, “Bettlejuice”, “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, “It”, “The Exorcist” (Director’s Cut), and the original “Halloween”.  Movie theaters have been hit especially hard by the pandemic. Two weeks ago, the Regal theater chain (the USA’s number two national chain) temporarily closed all of its 536 locations. The number one theater chain, AMC, says they could be out of cash by year’s end and have closed 100 of their theaters. Trying to come up with new revenue sources, AMC will now allow you to “rent” one of their theaters and hold your own private showing for up to twenty of your family and friends starting at $99. Theaters, like most businesses, could really use your support during these tough times.

AMC 10 in Braintree, MA. Photo by Peter Skiera.

“…all involved expected the movie to be one and done, collect their paychecks, and end of story.”

Getting back to the topic at hand, being the huge horror movie buff I am, it would be irresponsible of me to let the month of October slip by without marking “Friday the 13th’s” anniversary. Accordingly, I interviewed via email four key participants in the original “Friday the13th” film: Victor Miller, 80, who wrote the screenplay, Adrienne King, 60, who starred as “Alice Hardy”, Harry Manfredini, 77, composer of the chilling soundtrack, and Ari Lehman, 55, who played young Jason Voorhees. I lead off with my Miller interview.

1. Victor Miller, “Friday the 13th” Screenwriter

The many sides of Victor Miller (photos from Miller’s website).

Besides penning the script for the original “Friday the 13th”, Victor Miller wrote for the big daytime network television soap operas which earned him three Emmy awards, and cowrote the recent horror flick “Rock Paper Dead” and “Eden Falls” which is still in production. He is also involved in a lawsuit over the rights to “Friday the 13th”. More on that further down.

PS: I really liked and rooted for the Alice character. Did you base her on someone in particular? Did you think Adrienne King did her justice?  

VM: “Ms. King was everything I could have wanted for the virgin sacrifice.”

PS: What was the story behind “Crazy Ralph”?

VM: “Every Greek Tragedy needs a chorus to warn the heroine of doom. Crazy Ralph was the modern version of ‘maybe crazy people are seers’.”

PS: I know you had written other movie scripts before “Friday”, but was it cool to see your characters come to life on the big screen (or maybe I should say, come to death)?  

VM: “There is no thrill quite like it.”

PS: When you look back on your original script, is there anything you would have done differently?

VM: “Why? “

PS: Was there a specific scene cut from your original script for budget reasons that you really wish had made the final version?  

VM: “41 Years ago? I can’t tell you what I had for lunch yesterday.”

My “script” autographed by Victor Miller.

PS: Why are we still talking about this film 40 years on?

VM: “Because it was realistic in its own way and was pitched right at the best audience ever.”

PS: You’ve done a lot in your career, but you’ll probably be known best as the writer of “Friday the 13th”. Does that bother you?  

VM: “Not a bit, although I wish I had written AIRPLANE, too.”

PS: What was your favorite Halloween costume as a kid?

VM: “A tramp. We used to have what we called hoboes.”

PS: If you were a zombie, who would you want to eat first?

VM: “My 3 Emmys.”

Trivia: Miller claims not to have seen any of the other “Friday the 13th” sequels because he strongly disagrees with the Jason character having been turned into a mass murderer.

2. Adrienne King, a.k.a. Alice Hardy

Meeting the King in 2019.

Sweet Alice Hardy, played by Adrienne King, had the distinction of being the sole Camp Crystal Lake survivor in the original “Friday the 13th”. I met King last year and bought some of her delicious, award-winning wines. In addition to her Crystal Lake Wines (sales of which are currently suspended due to the pandemic) she sells her camp and wine-inspired paintings. In the midst of all the wildfire smoke impacting her area, she took time out to answer my questions in detail for this Halloween Tech Rap:

PS: Did you ever attend summer camp as a kid?

AK: “Yes. Once. A Catholic Camp with nuns in upstate NY somewhere… a very strange experience as I was only 6 or 7. One has to wonder… who thought that was a good idea… at such a tender age? Obviously, I survived… but there were no fond memories. I do, however, remember canoes and a lake.”

S: Why do you think audiences connected with Alice?

AK: “Alice was so unassuming & laid back. An artist & a gentle soul, quiet but deep… interesting.

She would never be cast as a warrior but found out she was a fighter when it came down to survival. I think everyone relates with that aspect of her. Alice didn’t know her own strength until she was forced to go all the way in order to survive. Alice is our touchstone. If she can make it out of this mess/troubled time/bad day at school or work….  then so can I.”

PS: Your website has some fun “behind the scenes” pictures. What’s one of your favorite memories while shooting the film?

AK: “There were so many fb fun times at Camp but the snake scene was so much ad lib & all of us physically jumping around all over each other within such a small space was hysterical… Pretty much gently-choregraphed pandemonium. That is… up until the snake lost his life, of course…. Harry [Crosby] refused to do the deed. So, the Director, Sean Cunningham, ended that scene as well as the poor snake’s little life. That wouldn’t happen today.”

PS: I read that Lou Reed was living just down the road from the campsite at that time and performed free for the crew. Did you get to meet him?

AK: “Unfortunately, I did not. The crew stayed at the camp. The actors were put up at a horrid little motel a half hour away. Too bad for me.”

PS: Please share a funny story or blooper from the first film.

AK: “Harry Crosby and I were freezing on the night we were filming looking under the hood of the car & breaking into the office to make a phone call. I think I remember that they were spraying fire hoses all around us to recreate rain & it was cold to begin with! In between takes & setting up shots we were so cold that we started singing Christmas Carols & doing little jigs to keep our blood flowing & stay warm. Pretty funny stuff looking back on this now. I think of those times whenever I hear Bing, Harry’s Dad, singing “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” at Holiday time. Harry was so much fun to work with & so talented.”

PS: What did you think about the music composed for the film?

AK: “Manfredini is a genius. The music was a huge part of Friday’s success. His score is Brilliant! Bloody brilliant!! He lulled you into that false sense of calm in the lake scene…. Without his music it would not have been the huge scare that still holds up today!!! Harry & Betsy were fabulous together! They were like an old married couple after a few cons together. Their banter was hysterical. Ari [Lehman who played the young Jason Vorhees] would join in after a full day & we would share a good bottle something😉. We were a family for a while.”

A print of one of King’s paintings, “Voorhees Vengeance”. Image from

PS: Betsy Palmer (a.k.a. “Mrs. Voorhees”) became a very close friend of yours?

AK: “I always say that Sean kept Betsy & I separated before & during filming because he knew we’d bond …that wouldn’t have been advantageous to the movie plot…lol, and we did bond when we reunited in 2004 in NJ…our first convention ever…we hadn’t seen each other since 1980. We had so much to catch up on and share. We would commiserate over a fine bottle of red wine, eventually Crystal Lake Wine’s very own Cabin A Sauvignon (her favorite) whenever we saw each other after that. We became the best of friends. I miss her very much [Palmer died in May of 2015 at age 88]. Whenever I was in NYC Betsy would invite me over to her brownstone off Central Park West & we would have dinner. I gave her my Crystal Lake Memories book by Peter Bracke because she hadn’t ever gotten one. That story is on my website. Such beautiful lasting memories with my Betsy. We both suffered because of this film and we both eventually triumphed because of this film.”

Three different groups of visitors to Camp Crystal Lake, including King. Photo provided by Adrienne King.

PS: You went back to the original NJ campsite to promote your wine. What was it like to go back?

AK: “No wine allowed at Boy Scout Camp! Nope…not the reason. Crystal Lake Incredible! Please check it out!! I’ll send a photo that explains that enormity of these events! The Boy Scout Leaders finally got smart & embraced our movie & it’s location as fab film history now. Pure joy for any Friday the 13th fan.”

My signed bottle of King’s Crystal Lake Moonlit Chardonnay. Photo by Peter Skiera.

PS: Alice supposedly died in Part 2, but we all know how that works. Would you play her again if asked?

AK: “Oh yes I most certainly would. I happen to know for a fact that Alice is still alive… that was a horrible nightmare within a Post traumatic dream sequence that lasted many years after that fateful Friday decapitation of Mrs. V. Fortunately with decades of PTSD treatment Alice is able to deal with her demons. Alice thanks Dr. Ginny Fields, her first & continuing Therapist.”

PS: Do you have a favorite horror film? What scares you?

AK: “The Devil scares me. Catholic school. Remember? “The Exorcist” scared the bejesus outta me in 1973 or 4…when I was going to college, FIT, in NYC…I never watched another scary movie until “Friday the 13th!!” Now I look at the special effects and they are laughable… they really are but they scared the hell out of me back when. Now, Tom Savini’s special effects…Now, we’re talking!!! I was allowed in the cabin to watch the filming of the arrow from under the bed with Kevin Bacon & Tom Savini… Oh yes! Now, I watch horror movies with a skilled eye after being part that cinema history! Savini’s scares are still amazing & really hold up 40 years later!!!”

PS: What was your favorite Halloween costume as a kid?

AK: “I loved my Witch costumes!!! I can be a very scary Witch!”

PS: If you were a zombie, who would you want to eat first?

AK: “Chocolate Easter Bunny. With a glass of Crystal Lake’s Campfire Pinot Noir, thank you.”

Trivia: Due to “Friday the 13th’s” shoestring budget, there were no stunt doubles. Adrienne King and Betsy Palmer acted out their fight to the death beach scene themselves. Four years later, King’s experience landed her a job as a stuntwoman for the hit film “Ghostbusters”.

3. Harry Manfredini, “Friday the 13th” Soundtrack Composer

Good times! Amy Steel (“Ginny” from “Friday the 13th Part 2”), Harry Manfredini, and Adrienne King (“Alice” from “Friday the 13th”). Photo from

Since we are all about music here at Como Audio, I wanted to include a segment about the “Friday the 13th” soundtrack. Harry Manfredini scored the original film and almost all of the sequels that followed, as well as more than 100 others, including numerous children’s films. He also plays a mean sax.

PS: What did you draw on for inspiration when composing the soundtrack for “Friday the 13t”h? Did the writer or director give you guidance or were you mostly on your own?

HM: “I did talk with Sean [Cunningham, the Director] about my ideas for the score, for example, to only have music for the killer. We agreed. Doing this in some way made the score an actual character in the film, not just music. There were numerous composers from whom I drew inspiration- Penderecki, Goldsmith, Small and of course, Herrmann.”

PS: “Halloween” was the blockbuster that really kicked off the low-budget slasher genre. Did you make it a point to see that film and did it give you any ideas for your score?

HM: “Actually no. I did go to see it afterwards. I didn’t think that my score was at all influenced by Carpenter’s score, which was also good. Although he and I both used many of the traditional horror elements of dissonant intervals and sound colors.” 

Manfredini with his dear friend, the late Betsy Palmer (“Mrs. Voorhees”). Photo from

PS: What was your reaction when you saw “Friday the 13th” for the first time from start to finish?

HM: “I was pretty scared. I had never seen a film like that before, and was wondering if anyone would really react to it in a positive way. I guess I was wrong. Horror films scare me; maybe that’s why I am pretty good at scoring them.”

PS: Do you think your score contributed to the film’s huge success?

HM: “As I said before, the idea of only having music when the killer was present made the score almost a character, just music and the sound of the score has become a bit of a classic…something everyone seems to know.”

PS: When you look back on your soundtrack, is there anything you would have done differently?

HM: “Friday” was one of my first film scores. I don’t think I knew enough then to change anything. That was my best effort at the time. And I honestly don’t think I would change anything even now.”

PS: If a new “Friday” film was green-lighted, would you score it if asked?

HM: “I suppose so. If that was offered to me.”

The Como Audio Turntable spinning my “Friday the 13th” soundtrack on limited edition “campfire” colored vinyl by Waxwork Records. Photo by Peter Skiera.

PS: You’ve done a lot during your career but you’ll probably be known best for your “Friday the 13th” soundtracks. Does that bother you? Do you believe film composers, especially of horror films, are taken less seriously?

HM: “Yes, and No. When one is successful in a certain genre, you tend to get related to that genre. It’s just a fact. So, it’s a double-edged sword, good, and bad. I think film composers are sometimes taken less seriously, and sometimes maybe correctly. By seriously I think you mean by relationship to classical music? Film scoring is a completely different skill set, job, technique, considerations, and numerous other things like, writing on a short schedule, budget considerations, and being able to create in any genre of music. Being subservient to a picture, dialogue, sound efx, editing, and other creators likes and dislikes. So, it’s just a completely different land. No real legitimate comparison.”

PS: What’s next for Harry Manfredini?

HM: “Well, the COVID thing has caused much production to stand still. I have six film projects on hold. Do not really know when any will start up.  A couple of horror films, a mob movie, a nice psychological story, and a possible series. Also, some game music as well, so I wait. Doing some orchestral suites from some of my scores for live performances.”

PS: What was your favorite Halloween costume as a kid?

HM: “I was never much of a Halloween kid. Candy was good. Usually just a hobo…old, large clothes, and some dirt on your face. Bingo…you are a hobo.”

Trivia: For decades, I along with many others, thought the whisper in “Friday the 13th was “Ch ch ch…Ah ah ah”, but it was actually “Kiii…Maaa”. It was Manfredini’s idea to reduce the Mrs. Voorhees line “kill her, mommy”, into two syllables and utter it in a scary whisper. I think that just might be the only time a film composer was heard speaking on his own soundtrack.

4. Ari Lehman, a.k.a. Jason Voorhees

Betsy Palmer (“Mrs. Voorhees”), Ari Lehman (“Jason”), and Adrienne King (“Alice”) at a convention reunion. Photo from Lehman’s Facebook page.

Ari Lehman was all of fourteen years old when he was cast as master Jason in the first and original “Friday the 13th”. Although he did not appear until the end of the film and had very little screen time, he became one of the most memorable characters of the entire movie. The Jason character headlined in eleven more films, though Lehman never portrayed Jason in any of them. He went on to study Jazz Piano and Big Band Orchestration at New York University. Although he has remained active in the film industry, Lehman has focused his career on music, initially founding his own rock/reggae band. In 2004 he formed a punk heavy metal band, appropriately named “First Jason”, based in Chicago. He sings and plays a keytar (with the handle being the upper half of a mock machete). Please check his website (link at the end of this article) for First Jason’s October and November tour dates.

PS: How was it being in a horror film at just 14 years old?

AL: I had more fun on the set of “Friday the 13th” (1980) then perhaps anyone ever has had on a movie set – it was all new to me and I was the only kid at a Summer Camp – I had a lot of fun. Both Sean Cunningham and Tom Savini were great at working with young actors and I learned a great deal about making the most of the resources available during production. I still use this on tour and in recording sessions with my Rock Project FIRST JASON.

PS: Did you bond with any of the cast? 

AL: I was mainly working with Tom and his assistant, Taso Stavrakis – they were very animated and it was like working with a comedy team half of the time – the other half, we were all quiet and focused on making the FX look authentic – it was fascinating watching the entire process unfold. 
I did get to work with the actors a bit – both Kevin Bacon and Harry Crosby were really cool to meet and I learned a lot from watching them work on the set.

PS: I know you were only on-site for a few days, but please share a blooper or a funny moment you remember from the film.

AL: I was a bit of a serious child and I would “get into character” by staring into the dark waters of “Crystal Lake” – imagining what it would be like to transform under water like Jason did – one day as I was doing this along comes Kevin Bacon – “what ya doin’ Ari?” he asked – “I’m getting into character…” I answered ominously – “What?” he said “I am getting into character – don’t you guys do that?” I asked, wanting to be a part of the gang – Kevin Bacon laughed uproariously. “Getting into character?” (laughs) “You are only 12 years old!” “I’m 14!” He thought this was so funny he called Harry Crosby over to hear the joke and we all laughed about it. Good times…

A young Ari Lehman after and before his Savini transformation (sporting a bald cap). Photo from

PS: How difficult was it to be in makeup and perform the ‘dream scene’ jumping out of the cold water and grabbing Alice?

AL: When I got there they handed me the additional scene script – “Alice’s Dream” – however, I insisted that it was REAL – that Jason REALLY came back from the dead, upon hearing his Mother’s voice calling him, after her blood reached the waters of Crystal Lake – when we did the [scene], Sean Cunningham said to me “the cameras are rolling – go into the water – but you won’t be able to hear me say action – so YOU are the director – wait for the bubbles to clear and then jump out of the water and grab Alice”…so I did exactly as I was told – and proceeded to scare the daylights out of Adrienne King – they had not told her exactly when I would jump NOR had she seen the makeup, so when you see her initial response it is REAL FEAR – this was a great bit of Directing by Sean Cunningham in my opinion, who always wanted as much AUTHENTICITY as we could get in every scene – this was a new approach and I feel it defined the Slasher genre.

PS: You recently went back to the original NJ camp site for a tour with fans. What was it like going back after so many years?

AL: Absolutely Surreal and AMAZING Experience – EVERY F13 & HORROR FAN should go and do the CAMP CRYSTAL LAKE TOUR. Upon arrival I jumped right back in the Lake – it was the 13th of August so the water was warm and it felt like I was reliving the entire experience. Mostly it made me realize that CAMP CRYSTAL LAKE (Camp No Be Bo Sco) in New Jersey is truly one of the STARS of “Friday the 13th” (1980) – there is SOMETHING about that location that is magical and primal and could lend itself to all sorts of fantastic scenarios. What’s more – the proceeds from the Tours go to help the Boy Scouts of America to sponsor over 1000 kids to get a real outdoor experience at the Camp – hiking, canoeing, forestry, crafts etc. – made available to kids who otherwise could not get this amazing time with nature and all that means to youngsters.
Being there brought back to me the sense of adventure that we all had while filming “Friday the 13th” – a spirit of teamwork, creativity and resourcefulness that comes full circle when you see how the F13 fans who arrive are hosted with such pride and care by the Boy Scouts is GREAT!!!

PS: What was your favorite Halloween costume as a kid?

AL: I was Casper the Friendly Ghost at a very young age, then a Werewolf, after which I liked to be a WIZARD because I liked to read The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant! That is BEFORE Harry Potter! Hahahaha When I was in college I like[d] to be MASTER THESPIAN for Halloween, Thank You!!! I now REALLY enjoy all the cosplayers and look forward to seeing what new costume ideas people have this year – FIRST JASON is touring to Oklahoma and Texas for Halloween at The Wildcatter Saloon and there is a big Costume Contest – I can’t wait to see what the cosplayers come up with this year!!!

First Jason: Lehman live with his musical machete. Photo from

Trivia: Lehman actively supports numerous charitable causes including no-kill pet shelters and has personally hand-rescued all of his own pets.

  • My sincere personal thanks to Victor Miller, Adrienne King, Harry Manfredini, and especially Ari Lehman for the generosity of their time, and for raising the hair on the back of my neck, which is rapidly becoming the only hair I have left. Now that is scary.

See You in Court, Jason

Jason Voorhees is in court, but not for the many brutal murders he committed. With such an incredibly lucrative franchise, I suppose it was inevitable a law suit would enter the picture at some point. The Director of the first movie, Sean S. Cunningham, and the script writer, Victor Miller, are battling each other over the legal rights to “Friday the 13th” and its characters. Miller maintains he was an independent contractor and his script was a work-for-hire, therefore, he owns the rights (US copyright law permits the original author to revoke a copyright agreement thirty-five years after it was granted). However, Cunningham counters that Miller was employed by his company, Horror Inc., to write the script, so Cunningham retains the rights. The initial court ruling was in Miller’s favor, but Cunningham appealed, and that is where things stand today. Whomever wins, the other side can appeal, dragging this saga out even longer. I think I speak for all fans by saying I hope the legal battle does not have as many sequels as the original film, and is not as gory. Until a final decision comes down, no new “Friday the 13th” movie will likely be forthcoming. Jason must be spinning in his grave with his machete.

Trivia: Bring Crosby’s son, Harry Crosby, starred as Bill Brown in “Friday the 13th” and was the last character to be killed by Mrs. Voorhees.

Kane Hodder as Jason Voorhees in “Friday the 13th Part 8”.
The lovely Lar Park Lincoln, “Tina Shepard“, from 1988’s Friday the 13th Part 7”.


Betsy Palmer as “Mrs. Pamela Voorhees”, died in May of 2015 at age 88. Memorable quote from “Friday the 13th: “Kill her, mommy…kill her. Don’t let her get away, mommy…don’t let her live. I won’t Jason. I won’t.”

Walter J. Gorney as “Crazy Ralph”, died in March of 2004 at age 91. Memorable quote from “Friday the 13th: “It’s got a death curse.”

Laurie Lee Bartram as camp counselor “Brenda Jones”, died in May of 2007 at just 49 years old from pancreatic cancer. Memorable line from “Friday the 13th: “Alice draws first blood.”

Rex Everhart as Enos, the cantankerous truck driver, died in March of 2000 at age 79 from lung cancer. Memorable quote from “Friday the 13th: “Dumb kids. Know-it-alls. Just like my niece. Heads full of rocks.”

Sally Anne Golden as “Sandy” the waitress, died in January of 1982 at age 71, only two years after “Friday the 13th” was released. Memorable line from “Friday the 13th”, when Steve Christy asks her what he owes her, Sandy replies: “Just a night on the town”.

Jason in the box

Photo from

If you are a Jason completist you will want to look into the Scream Factory’s brand new “Friday the 13th” box set. Released just in time for the 40th Anniversary, this impressive 16 (!) DVD collection brings all of the “Friday” films together under one box, including two bonus discs. Some of the goodies include a collectible slip cover, a 40-page booklet with archival snaps, new 4k transfers for films 1-4 (all are 1080p High-Definition), and Part 3 in its original 3D glory or should I say, gory). But there will be pain…it will set you back 160 smackers. DVD box sets are murder.

I met Jason Voorhees and all I got was this lousy selfie. Photo by Peter Skiera.

Halloween Vinyl

If you are interested in Halloween-related platters, here are some good places to start:

“The Munsters” LP  reissue from Real Gone Music on “pumpkin”-colored vinyl. Photo from

Real Gone Music


WaxWork Records

Modern Harmonic Records

Elvira’s New Crowdfunded-Comic Book

I have always admired Elvira’s pumpkins. Photo from Elvira’s Facebook page.

If you love Elvira, or you love comic books, or you love Elvira and comic books, I double-D dare you to check out Elvira’s new, limited edition comic book by Dynamite Entertainment available exclusively through the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform. Co-written by David Avallone, with “eye-popping” color illustrations by Dave Acosta, the 48-spooktacular pages tell the incredible story of a terrifying and titillating quarantine apocalypse Elvira wakes up to after falling into a hairspray overdose-induced coma. That sounds very familiar, except for the apocalypse, titillating, and coma parts. As one would expect from the Mistress of the Dark, her story is busting (excuse the pun) with the worst puns ever and a deluge of dirty jokes. There are several comic book cover variants along with autographed copies available. Love Elvira but not into comic books? There are other cleavage, I mean, clever goodies on offer like a collector’s coin, trading cards, lithographs, and even an Elvira Ouija board! Unfortunately, backers will not receive Elvira’s COVID comic book until February of next year, but I imagine the pandemic narrative will still be quite relevant four months from now. If you are unfamiliar with crowdfunding, learn more about it in my Tech Rap blog article (link provided at the end of this article).

The Final Record Store Day of 2020

A brief reminder to our Como Audio Turntable customers and indeed all vinyl enthusiasts that the third and final installment of Record Store Day 2020 takes place on October 24th. Over ninety albums, most as special limited editions, will be available from artists like the Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Lou Reed, Miles Davis, the Grateful Dead, Frank Zappa, The Who, Carl Perkins, Alice Cooper, and Eminem. Support your local record store.

Vinyl Nation: A Movie About Records

And a friendly reminder from one vinyl lover to another about “Vinyl Nation”, a feel-good documentary about vinyl records that also helps support Como Audio. I have seen the entire film and I highly recommend it. It will make you will feel warm and fuzzy all over and you will be moved to immediately rush out and buy some records.

The Annual Como Audio Halloween Contest!

It is time for our ever-popular annual Halloween contest. We know you have waited a whole year for this, and we thought we would make it bigger and better than last year. Here is your chance to score yourself a sweet, one-of-a-kind, Halloween Duetto featuring custom-painted orange grilles and knobs with a multi-layered, high gloss piano black wood cabinet. All you have to do to enter is let us know what your favorite Halloween costume was as a kid and we will pick a winner at random. Easy-peasy! Enter here.

Good luck to everyone, and until next month, enjoy the scary music.

Next Tech Rap: Happy Birthday to…


Victor Miller

Adrienne King

Harry Manfredini

Ari Lehman/First Jason

“Friday the 13th” soundtracks on vinyl

Friday the 13th DVD Box Set

Record Store Day

AMC Theaters

Vinyl Nation

Dracula, the evidence

Peter Skiera lives in southern MA, worked in radio broadcasting throughout New England, and also worked for Cambridge SoundWorks, B&W Loudspeakers, and Tivoli Audio for 15 years before joining Como Audio as V.P. of Product Development in 2016. In addition to Tech Rap, Peter also writes for his own blog, He can be reached directly at

Related articles:

Tech Rap Halloween Edition Part 1

Halloween Happenings

Favorite Scary Movies

Crowdfunding Parts 1 & 2

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