Soundtrack Review: Killing of the Dolls / Necrophagus

 

Killing of the Dolls / Necrophagus
Released by Quartet Records, 2017

24 Tracks with a Total Running Time of 53 min. Music Composed and Conducted by Alfonso Santisteban

First and foremost, major kudos to Quartet Records for releasing this double soundtrack on CD. I remember seeing Necrophagus, under the title Graveyard of Horror years ago on VHS, and I never would have even thought that someday I would be able to have the soundtrack of this rare title on CD! And now here it is on a double feature soundtrack with Killing of the Dolls, another score by Alfonso Santisteban. Wonders never cease. But let’s get to the scores.

The first 11 tracks (approx. 31:56 min) are for Killing of the Dolls, which I’ve never seen before, but really has a giallo feel to it. The score has a very dated sound to it, and I’m not saying that in a bad way, but just because of the sound of the music. There are some more slower tracks, most likely for maybe a love scene? But it does a great job setting the mood. Then you have another track that incorporates what sounds like a heartbeat to help build up some atmosphere. Track 9, Opus Bach, has a great harpsichord sound, really giving the feeling of a ’70s Italian giallo, which I’m assuming where this was influenced by.

But when we get to the score for Necrophagus (approx. 21:36 min), it immediately changes tone, sounding like we’re at a funeral with an organ playing a slow quiet piece. Then to really change up the feel, the next track is a harmonica that now gives us a feeling of an old western, before a bass line kicks in putting the mood back into the darker feelings. The melody from the harmonica is used over again, this time with a piano and that same organ playing in the background.

There is definitely a difference between the two scores, with the second one being much more atmospheric and dark. I really liked how the main theme came back several times in the score, on different instruments that give it a different sound but still brings it together. There is also a lot of percussions being used, along with the organ, helping to build that tension, as well giving it that Italian feel as well.

I feel like I need to recommend this release from Quartet Records on the fact that they released these scores from two obscure horror films and want them to continue to do more of them. But that aside, if you’re a fan of cult Spanish horror, then I think you’re going to want to pick this release up!

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