Composer Harry Manfredini is a bona fide treasure of the horror genre, having scored just about every installment in the Friday the 13th franchise among literally dozens of other awesome, classic genre flicks. Now, we’re getting word that Manfredini is scoring the upcoming holiday-themed horror movie Hanukkah, written and directed by Eben McGarr.
For the uninitiated, here’s an excerpt from Manfredini’s IMDB bio:
Film composer Harry Manfredini specializes in writing for horror films, but is also a songwriter and jazz soloist. From his haunting dramatic scores for The Friday the 13th films to his adventurous music for The Omegma Code, Harry Manfredini has established himself as a motion picture music composer of the same style as Bernard Herrmann.
Hanukka is currently completing filming; the movie stars Charles Fleischer, Sid Haig, and Caroline Williams. Check out the synopsis and trailer below.
Obediah Lazarus is the son of Judah Lazarus, the original Hanukiller. In 1983, Judah terrorized NY for seven nights and was preparing to sacrifice his eight-year-old son, Obediah, on the eighth night. Judah was convinced it was God’s will, like Abraham and Isaac, to sacrifice his only son to God. Luckily for Obediah, police tracked Judah down and stopped the sacrifice, but Judah was gunned down in the process. Warped by hatred with no guidance, Obediah Lazarus becomes a religious extremist, intolerant of non-Jews, “bad Jews”, and those he perceives to be enemies of the Jewish faith. He is about to unleash eight nights of horror. A group of Jewish teens are getting ready to party for the holidays, but are in for a Festival of Frights. With the help of a wise Rabbi, they deduce that the murder victims have violated Judaic law and that their only chance at survival is to embrace their faith.