Friday, July 18, 2014

IHW: MAESTRO MANIA - The Tournament of Great Italian Horror Composers ROUND 4 VOTING OPEN NOW! FINAL ROUND!

This is it. This is the final round of voting in Maestro Mania. In this round you'll pick a champion, second place and decide who comes in third. There are two matches left to vote on so spread the word and help get the votes in. The winner will be the J and B Scotch Champion!

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



FABIO FRIZZI- Zombie aka Zombie 2 aka Zombie Flesh Eaters


It was once predicted that the end would be Goblin vs. Ennio Morricone. Well, that was half right though it Marcello Giombini almost took it. Ennio won by exactly one vote! This is battle for the whole shebang. For this round Fabio Frizzi is bringing one of his most well known scores to the table with Zombie. Morricone on the other hand is bringing The Thing. It may be an American movie, but that absolutely does not matter here. The Thing is a great score and perfect to represent Morricone against the onslaught of an Italian Horror classic. May the best notes win!


RIZ ORTOLANI - Cannibal Holocaust

MARCELLO GIOMBINI - Anthropophagus

While Marcello Giombini made a great run as an underdog in this tournament even nearly besting Ennio Morricone, he's up against Riz Ortolani now for the third place position. Cannibal Holocaust is a tough number to beat as one of the fan favorite scores in all of Italian Horror cinema. Giombini is bringing the Grim Reaper one more time because it's a very strong score (almost bested Morricone). 

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Who is your vote for the Italian Horror Composer Champion? Who will win Maestro Mania? You decide!

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