Die Sister, Die!
Released by Intrada
15 Tracks with a total running time of 50:44 min.
Music composed by Hugo Friedhofer
It never ceases to amaze me at some of the titles that not only get released on DVD these days, but even more so when the soundtrack for an obscure horror flick from the early ’70s gets a release! Intrada has done an amazing thing in acquiring and releasing this entertaining score from Oscar winning composer Friedhofer. Just try finding this title in a film guide! Friedhofer had been composing music for film since the ’20s, really only working in the horror genre a couple of times. He did score the 1944 version of The Lodger, as well as William Castle’s Homicidal (1961). But he had been nominated for an Oscar 8 times in his career, winning once for the 1946 film The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). He only worked on Die as a favor to the director.
But while the horror genre might not have been his forte, he still composed a great little score here. Filled with a wide mixture of feelings and sounds throughout the score. From the opening Main Title, he already builds the suspense without going over the top. I think that is what I like most about this score is that it is very quiet and underplayed but still effective. There are slow and eerie tracks, like Visitors of the Mind that is wonderful, starting out slow and quiet…with some little notes from a piano or deeper cord in the background. Even the more action-paced track Rooftop Struggle builds up the tension at a faster pace, but still doesn’t over do it like a lot of scores do these days.
So if you’re looking for something a little bit more sedate but still effective, not to mention having a lovely dated feel to it, then you’re going to want to add this one to your collection. And is that some killer poster art, or what?!?!