Soundtrack Review: House of Usher

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Released by Intrada
15 tracks with a total running time of 1:02:39 min.
Music composed and conducted by Les Baxter

Les Baxter has made so many great scores to so many great movies, it really hard to comprehend. Just look at all the work he did for Roger Corman and AIP alone, not to mention all the other genre titles he scored, and see that it is very impressive. There were quite a few Italian pictures that AIP acquired for US distribution that Baxter was hired to re-score. So if you’re a fan of AIP and Corman’s work, then you’ve heard his work… several times I would guess. Continue reading

Soundtrack Review: Crawlspace

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Released by Intrada
16 Tracks with a total running time of 35:54 min.
Music by Pino Donaggio

This movie has been a favorite of mine ever since my first viewing, being just blown away not only by Kinski’s underplayed psychotic performance (at least on the screen), but also the pretty deep terror that is hidden underneath the layers. So when we got this soundtrack and started to play it, images from the film immediately came to mind. Donaggio created such a unique but very familiar sound with the “Main Title” theme, mainly with the use of the keyboard. But what really makes an impact with the score is the opening track, “Falling From Grace With The World”, which comes into play several times throughout the score. Pretty haunting, really. Continue reading

Soundtrack Review: Die Sister, Die!

 

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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.

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Jaws Soundtrack Review: 2-Disc Special Edition Release

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Released by Intrada, 2015
2-Disc Special Edition. Disc 1 features 36 Tracks with a total running time of 69 min. & Disc 2 features 18 tracks with 45 min.
Music Composted and Conducted by John Williams

Jaws is one of the perfect examples when a soundtrack actually is so powerful that it in itself, becomes so recognizable, so commanding and potent, that just hearing the first two notes of the opening theme can send chills up the spine. That, my friends, is an effective soundtrack at its finest. Sure, it might have something to do with the fact that Jaws scared the living crap out of me when I first seen it as a kid, but this score still remains one of those that upon hearing it, immediately puts me back in that theater seat all those years ago, making my stomach tighten with knots, tension rising, and nervousness ready to jump overboard. Even when this score has been parodied over and over again, it still hasn’t lost its impact.

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