Archive for Horror Audio
Mark Of The Devil was released in 1970 and is certainly a film that has achieved a real cult status, it is notorious and known by many horror fans for being given the first ever ‘V’ for violence certificate (or was it a ‘V’ for vomit, since vomit bags were handed out at screenings of the film). A sequel was also produced in 1973, both soundtracks are featured here on this release.
Multi-talented German singer, musician, songwriter, producer and composer Michael Holm was hired to score Mark Of The Devil (released as ‘Hexen’ in Germany).
Mr. Holm is primarily known as a singer of traditional German music, with an almost constant presence in the hit parade it is of no surprise that he is a million-copies selling artist who has been presented with gold records on several occasions during the seventies.
Outside of Germany, he is best known for his work as a member of the new age band CUSCO along with Kristian Schultze. They produced 22 albums and semi-albums, and consistently charted near the top of the New Age charts. A long time artistic collaboration and private friendship also connects him with musician and producer Giorgio Moroder. As a duo, they released several singles together.
His trademark theme (Liebesthema) for this film was recently re-used in the 2011 flick ‘Hobo with A Shotgun’ featuring Rutger Hauer. Other use of his repertoire has been featured in the award-winning movie ‘Eight Miles High’ and a variety of international dramas and comedies.
The musical score penned here by Michael Holm is surprisingly melodic for a horror movie, but also contains dramatic and atmospheric compositions. It has that sort of luxurious and haunting sound, very European and romantically slanted and maybe a little pop orientated.
The central theme evokes the feel of Riz Ortolani’s theme for ‘Cannibal Holocaust’, which ironically was only written ten years later. Even spaghetti westerns of the 1960s and 1970s written by composers such as Morricone and Bruno Nicolai come to mind when experiencing this album.
Strings & the use of a spiteful and venomous Slavic sounding electric violin on this score (which literally scratches out the jagged and virulent variation of the romantic theme) has the effect of making the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Almost in a similar fashion to that of composer Jerry Goldsmith in his more mischievous and threatening sections of GREMLINS and LEGEND.
The second soundtrack included on this release is MARK OF THE DEVIL II, which was released in 1973. The main music for this particular movie was the work of Don Banks, John Scott and Sam Sklair.
Don Banks of course is familiar to many via his marvelous scores for Hammer productions such as, THE MUMMY’S SHROUD, THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN and the excellent work that he did on THE REPTILE and RASPUTIN.
John Scott too contributed some music for the score, Scott who is now a seasoned film music composer respected by many, began his career in film scoring as a composer by writing the music for another horror movie A STUDY IN TERROR, which was released during the mid 60s. John also had another career as being the legendary sixties producer who recorded several artists like Tom Jones, The Hollies, The Beatles, etc. John is also known for his saxophone work on films like ‘Goldfinger’ and several Henry Mancini projects. Mr. Scott won 3 Emmys through out his career.
Today we bring to you the original Motion Picture Soundtracks to MARK OF THE DEVIL (AKA HEXEN) in the original MONO recording from 1970 and MARK OF THE DEVIL 2 in STEREO from 1973.
Available in the following versions:
DELUXE EDITION: LIMITED COLOR VINYL: packaged in a deluxe gatefold old school tip-on jacket with printed insert.
Comes on ORANGE CRUSH SPLATTER VINYL and COKE BOTTLE GREEN VINYL. These variants are inserted randomly and are limited to #500 copies each worldwide. They come sequentially foil numbered (2 series of /500).
BLACK VINYL: limited to 1000 copies worldwide. Packaged in a deluxe Tip-On Gatefold jacket. Comes with a printed insert and obi strip.
CASSETTE EDITION: limited to 300 copies worldwide with alternate artworks.
Up for pre-order now, release date is July 14.
Both the vinyl and poster will be available at Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson, TX as part of a 35MM screening with filmmaker and cast in attendance as well as the Texas Frightmare Weekend in Dallas. If this news doesn’t excite you… You’re Already Dead!
The PHANTASM soundtrack returns to vinyl after a long 35-year absence with stunning new art by Phantom City Creative.
Commenting on the enduring appeal of PHANTASM’s iconic score, director Don Coscarelli said, “what amazes me is that the score has continued to gain traction as the decades have passed. I have met literally thousands of fans who continue to praise Fred Myrow & Malcolm Seagrave’s work to this day. I want to thank the terrific crew at Mondo for dreaming up the idea of re-releasing this score in warm analog vinyl despite us all now living in a cold digital world.”
The vinyl and screen print (artwork by Mike Saputo) will be available on Thursday, April 30 at Alamo Drafthouse Richardson’s screening of PHANTASM. Cast members Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Kat Lester and filmmaker Don Coscarelli will be in attendance. The vinyl and poster will also be available at the Texas Frightmare Weekend and online at a future date.
Texas Frightmare Weekend runs May 1 – 3 at the DFW Hyatt Regency.
Phantasm vinyl soundtrack contents (via Badass Digest):
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP
Music by Fred Myrow & Malcolm Seagrave
First pressing on Vinyl in over 35 Years!
Featuring new liner notes by Don Coscarelli
Pressed on 180 Gram Vinyl
Artwork by Phantom City Creative
01. Main Title (3:55)
02. Welcome to Morningside / Hand in Box (2:41)
03. Mineshaft Chase (2:53)
04. Phantasmagoria / Silver Sphere Disco (3:16)
05. Hearse Inferno
06. Cemetery Spectres (0:56)
07. Spacegate to Infinity (1:08)
08. Jody at Morningside / Just a Dream? (3:03)
09. Phantasm Atmosphere (1:11)
10. The Tall Man on Main Street (1:35)
11. Funeral Organ / Dwarf in Hearse (1:45)
12. Under the Car (2:21)
13. Mike on the Road (1:02)
14. Hearse Chase (1:11)
15. Overturned Ice Cream Truck (2:18)
16. End of the Game (1:13)
17. Or is it? (Outtakes) (3:28)
This “tribute to the golden age of horror” will feature sweeping symphonic horror instrumental music and sound effects in the signature style the band pioneered. “We want to make you feel like you are a character in one of those classic horror films – that you’ve entered a world where any one of the iconic characters from the Universal Horror and Hammer Films could be right around the corner,” said composer Edward Douglas.
The CD artwork features original images from classic Universal Studios horror movies including Frankenstein, Werewolf of London, and Dracula. “Listeners will hear the influence of the Universal Monster, Hammer, and Euro Horror films from the 30s through the 70s, not only in the music but in the images the songs conjure,” added Gavin Goszka. Although the band promises the new disc will deliver the dark atmosphere haunted attractions, roleplaying gamers, and Halloween enthusiasts expect from them, they feel they’ve crafted a disc that transcends their favorite time of the year. “As we did on Carnival Arcane , we’re always trying to take things up a notch both musically and with the sound design. There is a lot going on in this one. Plenty to pull you in, spark your imagination, and keep hold of you anytime you’re looking to visit that mysterious place in your mind’s eye.”
The CD will be available for pre-order the first week in July. In addition to other new merchandise, Entity Productions Halloween Music will be releasing a special edition 12″ vinyl version of the Monsters of Legend album, hand-numbered and limited to 250 copies.
Tales From Beyond, a new paranormal Audio Drama Series is coming to audio CD from producers Jim O’Rear and Kevin Herren. Hosted/narrated (in “The Twilight Zone” style) by beloved actor Daniel Roebuck (Matlock, ABC’s Lost, Glee, The Walking Dead) and featuring an All-Star cast including John de Lancie (Star Trek, Days of our Lives, Charmed, Torchwood), Robert Picardo (China Beach, The Howling, Star Trek, Stargate), Reggie Bannister (Phantasm, Bubba Ho-Tep), Cerina Vincent (Cabin Feaver, Two & ½ Men, Mike & Molly), Jim O’Rear (The Dead Matter, Star Trek 4, Nashville), Kyle Hebert (Dragon Ball Z, Wreck it Ralph, Naruto, Resident Evil) and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Blade, X-Men, Spiderman, Cowboy Bebop, Naruto)
Tales From Beyond: Volume 1 is the first in a series of creepy audio drama CDs featuring 3 true stories on each volume relating to hauntings, cryptozoology, UFOs, and other paranormal activity (such as premonition of death, astral projection, and wildly improbable coincidence). Each volume of stories is professionally performed in the style of the classic radio dramas from yesteryear.
A fundraising campaign for this upcoming production just kicked off and here’s your chance to help out and receive some fantastic perks including: A pre-release copy of the finished retail CD before it hits stores; A behind the scenes “making of” DVD with cast interviews, bloopers, outtakes and more; A copy of the finished audio CD autographed by members of the cast; Experience the recording session firsthand with a visit to the recording studio to watch the session and have your photo taken with the cast! So get in on this fundraiser. There are a limited number of these fantastic offering so act soon!
You can check it out here: Tales From Beyond at Indiegogo
Simon & Schuster reports that though they were originally published on audio in the 2000s, Stephen King and Peter Straub’s bestselling collaborations, The Talisman and Black House are now available at a new low price on both MP3 CD and audio download.
With over 50 hours of listening between them, these Frank Muller narrated classics are not to be missed.
Listen to an excerpt of these two classics here: The Talisman Excerpt / The Black House Excerpt
You can order the MP3 Audio, Unabridged from Amazon for only $13.59 here: The Talisman
You can order the MP3 Audio, Unabridged from Amazon for only $13.59 here: Black House