Friday, September 25, 2015

Terror Sounds: Class of 1983 - The Scares and the Scores

For those of you who listen to the HorrorSexy podcast or read this site, you know that I’m a bit of a soundtrack junkie. I collect soundtracks whether they are on vinyl, CD, even tape as well as digital files. I even love to create playlists on YouTube and Soundcloud and nothing excites me more than a mixtape from a talented MC. I wanted to start a regular column that picks a year or topic and then offers a look at my favorite scores from that year. These may not be the most popular soundtracks from that year or topic, but they could be. It’s a matter of taste.

I’ll be posting either the score/soundtrack or the trailer of a movie featuring the score or soundtrack in a playlist with a few notes about the year in general. Feel free to let me know which movies are your favorite from a given year. I’ll be including about ten in the playlist, but I may on occasion do a runner up playlist.

First up are the soundtracks from 1983. 

The year 1983 has many significant pictures for me as well as significant scores. City of the Living Dead being one of my all-time favorite Fulci movies that has some of the best gore sequences in all of Horror history and whose score is composed by the great Fabio Frizzi. I’m getting to see Frizzi live in Philly in the next couple weeks, and I’m excited to hear his offering from this picture.

Deadly Spawn wasn’t necessarily a favorite of mine from childhood though I remember loving the clips from Terror on Tape. It took an Exhumed Films screening of the picture on 35mm to make me a fan. As it turns out, it was filmed about 40 minutes away from where I live and I had the chance to meet director Ted Bohus at Chiller Theater last year. The score to Deadly Spawn has become a favorite of mine. I write while listening to it. I put it on when I need to relax and the cover art on the Mondo release on vinyl really captured the essence of the creature feature.

While my top ten is not particular order, I do want to remark on one soundtrack in particular. Nightmare City has one of the iconic scores of any Italian Horror movie featuring everything from rumbling timpani to strange synth hooks. In case of zombie apocalypse, I hope to always have a copy of this score nearby to start my run from the evil, nuclear infected plague coming at me from an airport close by.

Enjoy the playlist.

Here’s the full list for 1983 including runner ups and one honorable mention.

1.       City of the Living Dead
2.       Deadly Spawn
3.       Videodrome
4.       Christine
5.       Cannibal Ferox
6.       Xtro
7.       The Keep
8.       The Entity
9.       Nightmare City
10.   Sleepaway camp

Other amazing soundtracks not included in the playlist.

Something Wicked This Way Comes
The Hunger
Psycho 2
The House on Sorority Row
Devonsville Terror
Sweet Sixteen
House of the Long Shadows

Honorable mention:
Thriller – Michael Jackson 

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