Monday, July 14, 2014

IHW: MAESTRO MANIA - The Tournament of Great Italian Horror Composers ROUND 1 RESULTS AND ROUND 2 BEGINS!

Round 1 of MAESTRO MANIA has come to a close. Thank you all for voting and contributing to Italian Horror Week so far. We have lots more to come. Results are below and the next survey for voting. Remember to play and spread the word. This events success is paramount on your participation. That's what makes it fun.

Full details: 

Voting will be done via survey, but if you are using your votes to enter the Region Free Blu-ray Player giveaway (enter HERE), please email me and let me know when you vote. I keep track of all of your entries via email for that particular contest and fortunately, my email service groups entries by sender. I will provide you the battles including an updated bracket with each round showing the winners. You then simply take the survey and your vote is recorded. We will have a winner. There will not be a tie. We also will record two runner ups.

The Italian Horror composers are fighting for an imaginary J and B Scotch Sponsored Belt that I devised. While I would love to see it in the physical (and perhaps someday I’ll figure out how to create it for other competitions) the spoils are simply for fun, however voting does get you entry into the aforementioned competition and could potentially win you another goodie during Italian Horror Week. You’ll want to keep updated via our Facebook page or Twitter account for details on updates. If at all possible, we’re going to try to notify the winner once the competition ends.

This tournament of champions will run from today, Friday July 11th to Sunday July 20th. Italian Horror Week typically flows into the following weekend, and to allow adequate time for voting and processing we need to run it through Sunday.


JULY 11TH - Voting Begins for Sinister Sixteen (Completed)

JULY 14TH - Voting Ends for Sinister Sixteen  (Completed, Results below)

JULY 14TH - Voting Begins for Evil Eight (Vote NOW)

JULY 16TH - Voting Ends for Evil Eight

JULY 16TH - Voting Begins for Frightning Four

JULY 18TH - Voting Ends for Frightning Four

JULY 18TH - Voting Beings for the Finals


One last thing before we begin the competition. I realize that some of the names are better known than others. It almost seems unfair. Well, it is. When you vote I ask you to vote based on the particular composition embed Youtube link I have included in the post below. That assures that we’re not putting up the Bernard Hermann’s Psycho equivalent of Italian Horror songs to compete against the theme from Toolbox Murders for example. Think of this as my way of handicapping a match. Name recognition alone should not necessarily decide the outcome. It’s dog in the fight, but the fight in the dog. Oh, and yes I included Goblin as a whole and Claudio Simonetti separately. The contributions as a band and Claudio separately are distinct and equally important. Let’s see if they come to a head in competition. What a marvelous battle that might be! If you’re favorite isn’t here it is distinctly possible that he didn’t make it through our preliminary seeding round HERE with results HERE

RIZ ORTOLANI - Day of Anger
BRUNO NICOLAI - The Case of the Bloody Iris
GOBLIN - Buio Omega 
FABIO FRIZZI - Contraband
ENNIO MORRICONE - A Lizard in a Woman's Skin
MARCELLO GIOMBINI - Erotic Nights of the Living Dead
BERTO PISANO - Strip Nude for Your Killer

For Round 2 each composer will get a new song (if appropriate) with which to compete:


RIZ ORTOLANI-  Don't Torture a Duckling

BRUNO NICOLAI - The Case of the Scorpion

The master up against a well known but unlikely challenger in the second round Riz Ortolani is one of the favorites to win this competition. Can Bruno Nicolai figure out the song to get him past the composer of the theme to Cannibal Holocaust?


GOBLIN - Tenebrae

FABIO FRIZZI - Zombie aka Zombi 2 aka Zombie Flesh Eaters

Two juggernauts are butting head to head as Goblin faces of against Fabio Frizzi. It's almost more than that, Goblin being one of the favorite composers of Dario Argento while Fabio Frizzi is Lucio Fulci's go to man. You might say that the battle is between Argento and Fulci, as it always seems to be. Well here's the score from an Argento picture and one from a Fulci picture. FIGHT!


ENNIO MORRICONE - The Black Belly of the Tarantula

 PINO DONNAGIO - The Howling

Morricone is up against my personal favorite for the tournament (the guy I am rooting for) Pino Donnagio. It's tough going up against one of the most recognized composers of all time and not just in Italy. For this battle, Ennio has selected a classic Giallo score while Pino went to his International catalog with The Howling. Giallo vs. Werewolves! It's the first time I've seen that happen. 



BERTO PISANO - Burial Ground

Here is our upset match up. Both Pisano and Giombini may not be the composer you expected to make it into the Evil Eight, but they have a fighting chance. Giombini is bring his classic Sci-Fi porn score while Pisano goes to the nipple biter, Burial Ground. 

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