Archive for Horror Audio
They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re all together ooky, The Addams Family! These immortal lyrics, first penned by composer Vic Mizzy in 1964, are indelibly etched in the psyche of America and of pop culture fans the world over, and rightfully so. Although the series, like it’s popular counterpart The Munsters, lasted only two seasons from 1964 to 1966, it has remained in syndication and at the forefront of popular culture for over 50 years, spawning an animated series, two feature films, several books, toys, video games and a dizzying array of merchandise for kids of all ages.
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the beloved series, Spacelab9 invites all to once again visit the family at 0001 Cemetery Lane for a long-awaited musical trip down memory lane with the release of “THE ADDAMS FAMILY: ORIGINAL MUSIC FROM THE ADDAMS FAMILY” 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION LP, which will hit store shelves on October 16th 2015. Out of print for nearly 30 years, “THE ADDAMS FAMILY: ORIGINAL MUSIC FROM THE ADDAMS FAMILY” LP has been painstakingly remastered and packaged in a full color jacket with a full color 12” x 24” double-sided insert featuring rare photos as well as extensive liner notes chronicling the history of the iconic television series. Inexplicably omitted from the original 1965 soundtrack album, the essential vocal version of The Addams Family series’ theme song has been added as a bonus track.
This deluxe limited vinyl edition will be released in three colored vinyl variants, each available exclusively from different retailers throughout the holiday season. Variants include a Glow-In-the-Dark Vinyl “Fester’s Lightbulb” edition only available from Barnes & Noble, a “Cousin Itt” Brown Vinyl edition exclusively from Hastings, and a “Lurch” Green Vinyl edition exclusive to Newbury Comics. A fourth, very small edition of “Black Pumpkin” splatter vinyl will be available exclusively from the Spacelab9 booth at New York Comic Con from October 8th – 11th. Collect ‘em all!
Coming September 22nd, SOMA is now available for PC pre-order on Steam and GOG.com. Pre-order customers will receive 10% off the normal price of $29.99.
Enter the world of SOMA and face horrors buried deep beneath the ocean waves. Delve through locked terminals and secret documents to uncover the truth behind the chaos. Seek out the last remaining inhabitants and take part in the events that will ultimately shape the fate of the station. But be careful, danger lurks in every corner: corrupted humans, twisted creatures, insane robots, and even an inscrutable omnipresent A.I.
You will need to figure out how to deal with each one of them. Just remember there’s no fighting back; either you outsmart your enemies or you get ready to run.
The I Sell The Dead soundtrack is finally coming to vinyl for the first time! Pre-orders will begin Monday, August 10, 2015. The release date is September 15, but for those who place a pre-order, your copies will ship as soon as we get them.
This limited edition of 500 copies will come in red and purple swirl vinyl, plus artwork created exclusively for the release by Ghoulish Gary Pullin. We were also fortunate enough to have Angus Scrimm write liner notes for the release!
As an exclusive bonus to those of you who pre-order directly through Deep Focus Records, your vinyl will come with a folded poster of the film, adapted from the vinyl-only artwork.
About the Release:
Composer Jeff Grace’s string-laden score perfectly complements the film’s horror-comedy tonal duality. The music goes from a playful arrangement to spine-tingling terror in a matter of seconds.
I Sell The Dead, directed by Glenn McQuaid, stars Dominic Monaghan (Lord Of The Rings, Lost), Larry Fessenden (We Are Still Here, You’re Next), Ron Perlman (Sons Of Anarchy, Hellboy) and Angus Scrimm (Phantasm).
The film marked the sixth collaboration between Jeff Grace and Glass Eye Pix. Grace is best known for his musical contributions to the directorial works of Ti West, including House Of The Devil, The Innkeepers, The Roost, and the forthcoming In A Valley Of Violence, starring Ethan Hawke and John Travolta.
An email reminder with a link to the order page will be sent out on August 10.
For those who had questions about the exact moment the pre-order started on our first release, the pre-order starts just after the stroke of midnight U.S. Eastern Time. So, quite literally the first moments of Monday morning.
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)
GraphicAudio® A Movie in Your Mind® Celebrates their 10th Anniversary this month with their exciting new CEMETERY GIRL audio. Adapted from CEMETERY GIRL: THE PRETENDERS, a Graphic Novel written by New York Times bestselling Fantasy authors Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden and illustrated by Don Kramer, the audio version is directed by Richard Rohan.
The GraphicAudio® production of CEMETERY GIRL Part 1: THE PRETENDERS is the first time that the “A Movie in Your Mind®” sound design takes center stage driving a suspenseful and eerie listening experience, where sound becomes a character in its own right. The Sound Design was created by Nathanial Perry and he and Director/Adaptor Richard Rohan carefully constructed the scenes in audio. CEMETERY GIRL Part 1: THE PRETENDER will be available in 5.1 Surround Sound and Stereo Audio Download Formats exclusively at http://www.graphicaudio.net.
Charlaine Harris says, “Wow, what a pleasant surprise! GraphicAudio® has knocked this audiobook out of the graveyard. I can’t wait to hear the next installment.”
CEMETERY GIRL centers around a teenage girl who awakens, bruised and bloody, in the grim surroundings of an old graveyard, with no memory of who she is, how she got there, or who left her for dead. All she knows is that whoever tried to kill her is still out there. Not knowing where to go, or who to trust, she avoids all human contact. She survives on stolen food and uses a cemetery crypt as her home. She takes the name Calexa from the name above her crypt.
Calexa soon makes a startling discovery: she can see the spirits of the dead, and one in particular, can see her. The victim of a murder that Calexa has inadvertently witnessed compels her to take action, even if it means her own life will be put at risk. Now Calexa must make a decision: continue to hide to protect herself—or come forward to bring justice to the sad spirit who has reached out to her for help…
Rohan says, “CEMETERY GIRL is the perfect story to explore the immersive atmospherics of audio, especially in the 5.1 Surround format, and GraphicAudio® delivers the listener an experience that is captivating and haunting. Emlyn McFarland has given us a sincere, nuanced and often heartbreaking portrayal of Calexa, the Cemetery Girl.”
Included with the GraphicAudio® download program of the CEMETERY GIRL 1: THE PRETENDERS is an exclusive interview with Rohan and writers Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden discussing the creation of the CEMETERY GIRL Graphic Novel, cemeteries, Sookie Stackhouse, comics and more.
Over the past 10 years, GraphicAudio® has published over 900 titles and 60 series with Action Adventure genres ranging from Comics, Westerns, Sci Fi, and Fantasy. Listeners can download and experience THE PRETENDERS using the GraphicAudio® Access App for Mobile Devices.
About the Authors:
Charlaine Harris, is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, the basis of the HBO series True Blood. She has been published in 35 languages, with over 35 million copies of her work sold worldwide, and her Aurora Teagarden mysteries will be coming to Hallmark TV in 2015.
Christopher Golden is a New York Times bestselling author of numerous horror, fantasy and suspense novels for both adults and young readers. His credits also include writing for comic books, video games and co-writing the online animated series “Ghosts of Albion.”