Thursday, June 29, 2006

Apocalypse Tomorrow

Fantastically funky music from the 1980 Italian action/horror opus Apocalypse Domani (a.ka. Cannibal Apocalypse, Invasion of the Flesh Hunters, and about 10 other titles) by drive-in legend Antonio Margheriti. The movie follows a trio of Vietnam vets who terrorize the streets (and sewers) of Atlanta after suffering the delayed effects of a virus that drives its victims to take a bite out of other people. Though composer Alessandro Blonksteiner contribued five cues to Walter Rizzati's amazing score for House by the Cemetery, this remains his only full, solo film score; a pity, as it's lots of fun. From sweet and jazzy Morricone-inspired melodies ("Jane," "Impossible Love") to early '80s jazz/soul mash-ups ("Apocalypse," "Station Service"), the score is never boring and has a similar vibe to other Italian horror favorites from the same period. Nice use of bongos, too. Break out the munchies and enjoy...

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10 Comments:

Anonymous Don Guarisco said...

Thank you so very much for putting this up. This score has always been a personal fave - I describe it to fellow cult film maniacs as "Ennio Morricone Meets The Theme From Charlie's Angels." I've wanted a CD-ready version of this score for years and this is a true godsend. Thanks again and please keep up the magnificent work.

10:53 PM  
Anonymous willpak said...

Wow! I've been looking for Mr. Blonksteiner's opus, forever. Thank you for posting it.

Looking forward to hearing other rarities, keep 'em coming.

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Someone said...

Is there are soundtrack available for Eaten Alive? :)

Ps. Thanks!

11:38 PM  
Blogger 7 Black Notes said...

Glad you all seem to like this one; watch for more '80s Italian scores shortly! Eaten Alive is mostly recycled from the score for Cannibal Ferox, which should still be available on CD from Rapid Heart.

1:33 AM  
Anonymous nekromistress said...

Thank you for posting this stuff. I used to have the soundtrack on LP but for stupid reasons I don't anymore so I was happy to find this posted :)

6:54 PM  
Blogger Assmonkey_Defense said...

Awesome! Thanks. Keep up the excellent work.

2:50 PM  
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