Okay, so they might not necessarily be “epic”, or even zombies depending on who you ask, but Quartet Records has given fans of some of the lower quality (but still damn entertaining) zombie or plague flicks from 1980!
Quartet Records, in collaboration with Cinevox Records has released the score for Bruno Mattei and Claudio Fragasso’s 1980 film Virus, also known as Virus Apocalipsis Canibal, and probably best known as Hell of the Living Dead or Night of the Zombies. Now, anybody that has seen this film probably noticed that there are some parts of the score that sounds a little like Goblin’s score for Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (1978), and you would be correct. In fact, there is also music lifted from the score Goblin did for Luigi Cozzi’s Contamination (1980), and even a bit from Fernando Di Leo’s crime drama Diamanti Sporchi di Sangue (1978), done by Luis Bacalov. But it did actually have some original music in it, from Gianni Dell’Orso.
This release from Quartet has all of Dell’Orso’s work, as well as the tracks used from Goblin and Bacalov, with a complete running time of a little over 40 minutes. Do you need a score that has parts of other scores? Do you even need a score from a Bruno Mattei movie? One would think not, but I know I will be ordering one! There is a limited release of only 500, so if you’re interested, act fast.
And while you’re at it, maybe you want to pick up a copy of a new reissue of Stelvio Cipriani’s score for Umberto Lenzi’s bat-shit crazy zombie . . . I mean infectious plague movie Incubo sulla città contaminata, better known as Nightmare City (1980). No matter whatever you want to call it, this is a strange kind of film, but damn fun with the right crowd.
This release, once again from Quartet Records in collaboration with Cinevox Records, has 28 tracks with a total running time of over 55 minutes. It is the same version that was released by Digitmovies back in 2013, but this one has been newly remastered by Chris Malone from the original session tapes, and with new liner notes by Gergely Hubai.
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