Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Angel, Angel, Down We Go

Exactly why this berserk horror/musical/satire about the cult lifestyle in Hollywood never caught on like Wild in the Streets or Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is anybody's guess. Jennifer Jones stars as an aging porn star whose closeted husband and loopy, overweight debutante daughter (folk singer Holly Near) are thrown into turmoil at a party one evening with the arrival of a charismatic rock singer (Jordan Christopher) and his band, including a tripped-out Roddy McDowall(!) and Lou Rawls(!!). Husband-and-wife songwriting team Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil ("We Gotta Get Out of This Place") supply the unforgettable songs including the great title tune, "Lady, Lady," "Mother Lover," and of course, "The Fat Song," plus an instrumental score by Fred Karger. AIP released this shortly after the Manson murders and tastefully retitled it Cult of the Damned (the title still used on some TV screenings). Oh, and it's the only directorial effort for the great Robert Thom, the mad screenwriter who brought you Wild in the Streets, The Witch Who Came from the Sea, Death Race 2000, and the incredible Legend of Lylah Clare. Watch for it!

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Anonymous Don Guarisco said...

Amazing... I taped this flick from a cable broadcast. Robert Thom is definitely one of the great forgotten fringe-cinema geniuses and the Mann/Weil songs are a gas. If I could only get a copy of the soundtrack for WILD IN THE STREETS, my life would be complete.

And I can't believe you've gotten to see THE LEGEND OF LYLAH CLARE - when the hell is that going to be rescued for DVD or at least an HDTV telecast?

10:59 PM  
Blogger Max said...

Great soundtrack. I just ripped this one to post on my own blog & discovered your post in the process of researching it. Well the disappointment is minimal next to the pleasure of finding this blog. Thanks.

3:22 PM  
Blogger 7 Black Notes said...

Thanks Max - cool blog! You have excellent taste.

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for posting this, I always wanted to have the entire soundtrack. I really love the Angel, Angel, Down We Go film, it's like the sickest and sort of most avant AIP studio film that was made during that period. The film is so odd but amazing to watch, it's like two different scripts combined into one and the music is great, even much more interested than the Wild In The Street soundtrack.

I always thought the LP cover was cool, althought it did not really relate to the movie


1:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love this site!!!! if you ever find the soundtrack to a film called "the cool ones" staring roddy mcdowell and debbie wason i will forever be at your beck and call!

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12:02 AM  
Blogger Vincent said...

Anyone knows where I can find a copy of this film?

12:51 PM  
Blogger Anonymous said...

The file was deleted, anyone know where I can find another one?

5:23 AM  
Blogger 7 Black Notes said...

Upgraded version now uploaded.

5:41 PM  

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