Alice Cooper’s 1986 “He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)” from Friday the 13th Part 6

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Welcome back Retro fiends! Well, we have come to our final stop on my examination of music videos from the golden Age of MTV. But what could a horror kid like me use to close out this series? Why, none other than the great Alice Cooper’s 1986 song He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask) from the film Friday the 13th Part 6!

The video begins with a poor young man being denied the use of the family car to go to the movies due to his atrocious grades. Well he goes anyway (via his own two feet), and of course the movie being shown is the aforementioned installment of Friday the 13th which is unspooling to an audience of extras that look like they just stepped off the set of Bava’s Demons.

Suddenly Jason Voorhees makes like Johnny Weissmuller (or maybe Ron Ely) and swings on a vine directly through the movie screen…but it isn’t ol’ zombie face at all, but a disguised Alice Cooper! Then, continuity be damned, the screen is repaired, and Alice keeps interrupting the movie, terrifying our heroes (the boy mentioned above and his girlfriend) who soon step inside the movie screen where they are trapped by Alice and his militia of writhing dancers (reading this back, it seems like I’ve lost my mind, but I assure you this actually happens in the video)!

How does this all end? The boy and his girlfriend escape their cage, Jason murders Alice on the big screen, and the kid’s father is revealed to be Alice…I think I need to lie down.

You really need to check the video out for yourself and you can do so right here:

Also, special thanks to Sean Hartter for providing colors for my illustration to this article! Next time I begin a new series that is guaranteed to return you to the days of high adventure!

Stay Spooky!

Daniel XIII

Daniel XIII: equally at home at a seance as he is behind the keyboard. Raised on a steady diet of Son of Satan comics, Kaiju flicks and Count Chocula comes the proprietor of The House of Thirteen Doors. What arcane knowledge lurks behind the preternatural eyes of the Ouija Board Kid?

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6 thoughts on “Alice Cooper’s 1986 “He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)” from Friday the 13th Part 6

  1. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Alice Cooper is indeed a great choice to cap a windup of the Golden Age of music videos

    To be honest, it seemed to be the *only* era where imaginative vids filled our eyes, ears and minds with cool strangeness, mini stories and rock heroes.

    When I first saw Alice Cooper on the telly, it was a filmed bit of concert where the performance went from creepy to surreal horror as he ended his set on the chopping block, his head falling in a basket as a guillotine blade slashed down into place.
    Light out, show’s over folks.
    No encores.

    After that intro, my inner Hammer fan put the man on a pedestal among the levels of Kiss’s blood-spitting demon. Both, exciting hybrids of rock and monsterdom who sated two needs at the same time.

    Makes sense that Alice came back in the 80s in a genre-defining series.
    Though I’ll admit, the pop-ish sound of this track never did anything for me (Teenage Frankenstein, from the same album hit closer to home).

    A whole lotta imagination at play in this vid, though.
    Just like Alice Cooper to have fun with the medium and give fans what they want.

    Good stuff, Daniel!
    Looking forward to your new series of posts.
    Keep bringing the terrific artwork to set the tone, as well.

    (Love the ‘deadeyed’ look of the Jason mask on the ground)

  2. Thank you once again for the kind words and for sharing your memories of good ol’ Alice! I’m glad you liked the illustration as well (and that dead eye in the mask was totally Hartter…he always adds the cool stuff)!

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