Sunday, December 26, 2010

Mardi Gras Massacre - Soundtrack

Over at the fantastic Temple Of Schlock blog, some fiendish detective work has resulted in a track listing for the soundtrack to the "video nasty" slasher "Mardi Gras Massacre". As anyone who has seen the film can attest, this low budget schlocker (a loose remake of "Blood Feast") was graced by an incredibly funky disco score.

Since they did such a great job in describing it, here's a direct link:

Minus a couple of tracks that couldn't be located (any help out there?), here is the soundtrack to "Mardi Gras Massacre" - enjoy!

And Seasons Greetings to everyone!!!

1 - High On Love
2 - Cosmic Wind
3 - Funk Connection
4 - Ain't Nothing To It
5 - The Bull
6 - Belly Boogie
7 - Free Spirit
8 - Boogie Magic
9 - Big City Sidewalk
10 - Brazilian Butterfly
11 - Wings Of Fire
12 - Mardi Gras Massacre (TV Spot)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

A Variety Of Curios...

Ever since seeing early sale advertisments for films like "Zombi 2" & other Italo classics (in ye olde back issues of fanzines like European Trash Cinema, Absurd, Spaghetti Cinema and others), I'd always wanted to see more. Many years ago, I even scoured the city library in an effort to see more of these type of advertisments, but to little avail. I soon realized that these ads originally appeared in the weekly US film trade newspaper Variety, but finding genre-related product was a strictly hit & miss affair. Then I kinda forget about them for a while...

Cut to over 10 years later and that beautiful thing we know as the 'net has delivered the goods once again. Stumbling across a horror film related forum, I found this wonderful thread devoted to just these images. Some many fascinating images to enjoy here:

Anyway, I just wanted to share some of these "Spasmo Approved" selections for you to enjoy! Thank you to the fine folks who went to the effort of getting scans/photos.

A couple of early posters (with unused titles and artwork) for "Zombi 2" and "Zombie Holocaust/Dr Butcher M.D."
An unmade Italian Amityville rip-off - or did it eventually become Amityville 2 anyways???

One of several announced yet unmade Wes Craven productions, this would eventually become Ruggero Deodato's "Cut & Run"!

A couple of high profile genre directors attempt (unsuccessfully) to launch another Frankenstein remake.

A couple from Antonio Margheriti: "Hunter Of The Apocalypse" become "The Last Hunter", while "The Final Executor" wasn't made (although it may have become Enzo Castellari's "1990: Bronx Warriors").

An unmade Italian killer snake production that had Ruggero Deodato attached at one point.

A pair of unrealized "Superman" rip-offs, one from the guy behind "Dawn Of The Mummy" and the other from the creative team that brought you "Pieces"!

Announced several times over the years, this belated sequel to "Last House On The Left" was to feature teens stumbling onto an island where Krug still resided!

Very early artwork for the Bava/Argento collaboration "Demons".

A couple of unmade Lucio Fulci films and an interesting ad for "The Beyond".

Early ad for Joe Spinell's "Maniac", back when Daria Niclodi was still going to play a part.

Another title that was announced for years, Ruggero Deodato's unmade "Cannibal Fury", the follow-up to his notorious "Cannibal Holocaust".

And it doesn't get any better than this: the unmade "Ilsa Meets Bruce Lee In The Devil's Triangle" - brilliant!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Spamo Mixtape Sampler - Session 1

Yay for me! We've hit the 10,000 views point and in order to celebrate I've put together a little sampler mix that manages to combine the best from the previous posts as well as the inclusion of a few updated/remastered versions of previous posts.

So this is for the handful of good folk who've popped in and shared their thoughts, even shared some tunes before departing into the night. Also I thought this might make an ideal introduction to the blog for anyone who's been curious about some of the music to be had around here. Not to mention it's an ideal way fro me to serve up leftovers. I guess it's also for that strange guy over there in the corner who comes and goes before you even notice... (10, 000+ views & only a handful of comments? C'mon guys..!)

Some notes on Spasmo Mixtape Sampler - Session 1

A Blade In The Dark - This suite is a different mix than previously featured on 7 Notes From The Crypt. This manages to combine most of the themes from the film into one mix.

Man From Deep River - After scouring through a back catalogue of library stuff in my collection, I realised Patucchi had officially released the theme on a CAM library album.
Cut & Run - I found a clip that features the 12" mix as featured on the B side of the Claudio Simonetti "Skywalker" LP. Since Simonetti has claimed that the master tapes for this release are long lost to a flooding incident, this may be the only chance to source it!

Goblin2010 - These live studio tracks were recorded May 2010 and feature the (almost) classic line-up of Massimo Morante, Claudio Simonetti & Maurizio Guarini (no Fabio Pignatelli?).

Horror Express & My Bloody Valentine - A couple of very nicely composed horror themes. If I had of thought of them in time, I would have included them on my Gore Score release.

Robbery - alt (Last House On The Beach) - I think I sourced this from Paul Durango's blog. If so, cheers for digging this up. It's the same unreleased track from the robbery scene but appears to originate from the German release where it sounds much better.

1 - A Blade In The Dark - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis
2 - Man From Deep River - Daniele Patucchi
3 - Cut & Run - Claudio Simonetti
4 - Shake (Orgasmo Nero) - Stelvio Cipriani
5 - Porno Holocaust - Stelvio Cipriani
6 - Horror Express - John Cacavas
7 - My Bloody Valentine - Paul Zaza
8 - Roller - Goblin2010
9 - Profondo Rosso - Goblin2010
10 - Zombi (live 2008) - Goblin
11 - 1990 The Bronx Warriors - Walter Rizzati - Roberto Pregadio
12 - Bronx Warriors 2 - Francesco De Masi
13 - Fay (The New York Ripper) - Francesco Santucci remix
14 - Cannibal Apocalypse - Alessandro Blonksteiner
15 - Place For The Landing (Last House On The Beach) - Roberto Pregadio & Ray Lovelock
16 - Robbery - Alternate (Last House On The Beach) - Roberto Pregadio
17 - Funky Disco Soul (Yeti) - Sante Maria Romitelli
18 - Preludio (Milano Calibro 9) - Luis Bacalov / Osanna
19 - Dune Buggy (Watch Out, We're Mad!) - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis
20 - Lone Wolf McQuade (live) - Alessandro Alessandroni

Crazy Reverberi Gnarles Barkley

Yeah, this probably old news to a lot of you but this is a very cool video edit that demonstrates
the sampling of Gianfranco Reverberi's score to the 1968 spaghetti western "Viva Django / Preparati La Barra / Django, Prepare A Coffin" that was used for great effect in the "feelgood hit of the summer" from a few years back, Gnarles Barkley's "Crazy".
Any other noteworthy samples to be had out there..?

Monday, November 8, 2010

Milan Calibre 9 & The Designated Victim

A pair of Italian genre films from around 1971 that share some brilliant soundtrack themes composed by Luis Bacalov, whose amazing career spans everything from "Django" right through to the Oscar winning goodness of "Il Postino". For these projects, Bacalov wrote and composed various themes which were then performed by Italian prog rock bands Osanna & The New Trolls.

Milano Calibro 9 is a great slice of Italo crime directed by one of the masters of the genre Fernando Di Leo. After a mobster is released from prison, he finds himself unable to get out of the game when mobsters become convinced he's holding onto a secret loot stash.
It's worth noting that the film actually uses different mixes of the themes (just Bacalov compositions?) then what appeared on the original albums. If you haven't heard this before, you're gonna love it. Classical influences clash with early '70s prog rock (especially Jethro Tull) with an Italian flavour. You might have even heard a snippet of the main theme sampled by DJ Shadow! I was actually lucky enough to pick up a mint Japanese lp at a record fair many years ago. It was one of the first lps I ever picked up and it was only years later (after having a hard time finding the CD reissue) that I realised just how lucky I was. It's still a personal favourite and probably in my top ten soundtracks of all time. Yep, it's that good.

Maurizio Lucidi's "The Designated Victim" (frankly I prefer the "Murder By Design" video retitle, which is where I first saw the film) is a spin on Hitchcock's "Strangers On A Train", with Tomas Milian and Pierre Clementi as a pair who promise to murder the others spouse. Naturally, things don't run that smoothly. It's maybe a bit too tame for it's own good (and lacks the delirium of any other Italo thriller from that period) but Milian & the great score make it worthwhile.

Milano Calibro 9 - Osanna & Luis Bacalov
1 - Preludio
2 - Tema
3 - Variazione I - To Plinius
4 - Variazione II - My Mind Flies
5 - Variazione III - Shuum...
6 - Variazione IV - Tredicesimo Cortile
7 - Variazione V - Dianalogo
8 - Variazione VI - Spunti Dallo Spartito...
9 - Variazione VII - Posizione Raggiunta
10 - Canzona - There Will Be Time
The Designated Victim (Concerto Grosso) - New Trolls & Luis Bacalov
11 - Allegro
12 - Adagio (Shadows)
13 - Cadenza - Andante Con Moto
14 - Shadows (per Jimy Hendrix)
15 - Nella Sala Vuota, Improvvisazioni Dei New Trolls


Friday, October 29, 2010

Monsters & Magic

A little Halloween present for everyone... As well as be a fan of slightly odd Euro schlock soundscapes, I'm a big fan of old school video games. I think I've owned just about every console available over the years (feeling reeeeal old now) and spent plenty of lunch money at arcades during my school years. Lots of precious memories there. I'd always wanted to create/design games of my own and using the pretty amazing (to me anyway) Game Maker software, I've managed to finish a little video game project of my own. Now I want to share it with you.

It's an arcade platform shooter loosely inspired by retro classics like Ghosts n' Goblins, Castlevania, Metroid, Ninja Gaiden, Mega Man and lots of other 8 bit NES / Famicom titles.

The Halloween connection? There's a loose horror theme going on with the first few levels set in a grave yard and a variety (plethora? bestiary?) of monstrous lil' critters out to hurt you.

It's a small file, just under 3MB and pretty straightforward to play. I'd love to hear your thoughts on it. I'll be putting together an 'upgraded' version somewhere down the track so any feedback/criticisms will be given consideration:

I've also started a blog to cover my video game projects and my 'imaginary' company AdVISION:


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Vampires Of Dartmoore

Some wonderfully spooky & jazzy German vibes from this classic 1968 album. The album title is Dracula's Horror Cabinet and if you haven't heard it already, then you're in for a real treat. Imagine catching some strange Edgar Wallace / Jess Franco film that never existed on early morning TV and you'll get an idea of the kind of trippy sounds we're talking about here.

I don't know a great deal about the album other than it appears Horst Ackermann and Heribert Thusek were the musicians and there very well may have been acid in consumption judging by the overall wackiness of the project. My favourite track is "Hello Mr Hichcock"; a jaunty little number with a twist. Wonderful!

By the way, does anyone have the more recent 14 track version @ 320..?

1 - The Torture Chamber of Dr Sex
2 - Crime and Horror
3 - The Fire Dragon of Hong Kong
4 - Murder in the Ohio Express
5 - Dance of the Vampires
6 - Hello Mr Hitchcock
7 - The Executioners of Dartmoor
8 - Killer's End
9 - The Soaked Body
10 - A Handfull of Nitro
11 - Dr Caligari's Creeps Cabinet
12 - Frankenstein Greets Alpha 7


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Bronx Warriors 2 - Francesco De Masi

Trash & his pals return for this great score by Francesco De Masi and I get to cross one more title off my want list.

Thank you very much to Alex for providing this share!

While on the topic of Trash from the Bronx, check out this fan site:

Fuga Dal Bronx - Francesco De Masi (BEAT LP 063) - 1983
30 tracks @ 192

1 - Escape Sequence 1
2 - Escape Sequence 2
3 - Escape Sequence 3
4 - Escape Sequence 4
5 - Escape Sequence 5
6 - Escape Sequence 6
7 - Escape Sequence 7
8 - Escape Sequence 8
9 - Escape Sequence 9
10 - Escape Sequence 10
11 - Escape Sequence 11
12 - Escape Sequence 12
13 - Escape Sequence 13
14 - Escape Sequence 14
15 - Escape Sequence 15
16 - Escape Sequence 16
17 - Escape Sequence 17
18 - Escape Sequence 18
19 - Escape Sequence 19
20 - Escape Sequence 20
21 - Escape Sequence 21
22 - Escape Sequence 22
23 - Escape Sequence 23
24 - Escape Sequence 24
25 - Escape Sequence 25
26 - Escape Sequence 26
27 - Escape Sequence 27
28 - Escape Sequence 28
29 - Escape Sequence 29
30 - Escape Sequence 30

Friday, October 8, 2010

More Radio Spots From Hell

As threatened / promised, here's the second collection of vintage radio spots. There's a bit of everything to be enjoyed here. Sexploitation, Blaxploitation, Kung-Fu, bikers, double features, monster marathons all come together in this audio celebration of the 'Grindhouse' experience.
Once again, it's heavy on the A.I.P. product but that ain't no bad thing since they either produced or distributed most of the quality schlock from the '60s & '70s. I guess they were one of the few exploitation distributors with the budget to produce radio advertisments.
For the record, here's the tracklist:
Angel Unchained / Angel's Wild Women / At The Earth's Core / Black Cleopatra / Black Street Fighter / Blazing Stewardesses / Blood In The Streets / Bloody Mama / The Body Shop / The Booby Hatch / Chrome & Hot Leather / Cleopatra Jones / Coffy + JD's Revenge / Color Of Her Skin / Cycle Savages / Dagmar's Hot Pants Inc / Dare The Devil / Death Race 2000 / Death Sport / Destroy All Monsters / Devil Woman + Dragon's Never Die / Disco 9000 / Dorian Gray / Dr Black & Mr Hyde / Empire Of The Ants / Evel Knievel / Eyes Of Hell + Explosion / Females For Hire / Food Of The Gods / Gassssss / Ghetto Freaks / Girl Snatchers / Grizzly / Hard Ride / Hell's Angels '69 / Hillbilly Hooker / Horror Chamber Of Blood & Gore / Human Tornado / Hustler Squad / Island Of Dr Moreau / Italian Stallion / Let's Scare Jessica To Death / Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane / Love Factor / Love Slaves / Madame Kitty / Massage Parlour Hookers / Master Of The Flying Guillotine / Mating Urge + Wondrous Story Of Birth / Mephisto Waltz / Midnight Scandals / Mistress Of The Apes / Monkey Hustle / Murders In The Rue Morgue / Naked Witch / Naughty Cheerleader / Naughty Stewardesses / Nurses For Sale / Peter Fonda Festival / Phase Four / Revenge Of The Cheerleaders / Schlock / School For Unclaimed Girls / Sex Fiend / Shape Of Things To Come / Slaughter's Big Rip-Off / Space Raiders / Street People / Streets Of Sin + Life Begins / Swinging Cheerleaders / Tentacles / Blood Drinkers + Black Cat / The Mack / The Swappers / Vampire Lovers / The Witchmaker / A Thousand Convicts & A Woman / Three In The Cellar / Three Tough Guys / Trial Of The Dead / Truck Turner / Twisted Nerve / Twitch Of The Death Nerve / Up From The Depths / Venus In Furs / When Women Had Tails / Wild In The Streets / Witchcraft '70