Wednesday, July 16, 2014

IHW: MAESTRO MANIA - The Tournament of Great Italian Horror Composers ROUND 2 RESULTS AND ROUND 3 BEGINS!

ROUND 2 VOTING IS OVER! That means we are down to our Frightening Four. You'll probably need to grab a box of tissues and say goodbye to some favorites, but you still have work to do! That means you need to check out the results below and vote again. You decide who movies on. 
Our condolences for those of you who lost your favorite this round. ROUND 3 STARTS NOW! (See below)

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- Don't Torture a Duckling
FABIO FRIZZI - Zombie aka Zombi 2 aka Zombie Flesh Eaters
ENNIO MORRICONE - The Black Belly of the Tarantula

That leaves the match ups as follows. All of them were within one or two votes!



FABIO FRIZZI - Blastfighter

Look if you thought I was going to let Riz pull out the big guns against Fabio Frizzi you were wrong. Cannibal Holocaust stays in the closet, but so does City of the Living Dead, The Beyond and Zombie. We know both of these men are extremely talented, but take a second and listen to these works that, while popular, may not be as commonly associated as other pieces from these two great masters. 


ENNIO MORRICONE - Night Train Murders

MARCELLO GIOMBINI - Anthropophagus

And you thought that Giombini couldn't stand a chance against Morricone. While Giombini may be the underdog, with a score like Anthropophagus under your belt you stand a chance. He's the biggest surprise next to Goblin being ousted. Morricone comes in with Night Train Murders which is a completely debauched flick that I absolutely recommend you see, the score is damn cool.

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So Simonetti and Goblin have been eliminated... is this how you thought things would turn out? Vote for your favorites now.

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