Friday, August 25, 2006

Led Zeppelin Goes Slasher

Between his two notorious Death Wish sequels, director Michael Winner decided for some reason to tackle Scream for Help, a 1984 indie horror-thriller that sat on the shelf for a while before going to home video. The script by Tom Holland (Fright Night) predates the superior The Stepfather by a few years in its story of a teenage girl who can't get anyone to believe her mom's new husband is a psycho, but Winner sleazes things up to a ridiculous degree with loads of sex, gore, and gratuitous profanity. Check it out if you can still find a copy. The soundtrack album hit shelves long before the movie, probably because it was composed by Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones (with some assistance from Yes' Jon Anderson and, fresh from Death Wish II, fellow Zeppelin member Jimmy Page). You'd be hard-pressed to peg this as a horror soundtrack, but it's still a lot of synth-slathered fun.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh man, I just had a flashback to seeing this movie in high school. That scene where the girl's best friend gets hit by a car is hysterical.

12:00 PM  
Blogger ScoreBaby said...

Always thought JPJ was under-rated. He and Page were primo session players in their pre-Zep days. I think they both played on Donovan's "Sunshine Superman" among many other hits of the era. He cut a studio album a few years ago called Zooma that was pretty good -- blistering jazz-rock instrumentals. Worth checking out if you like that sort of thing.

9:20 AM  
Blogger ISBUM said...

heres another "band turns in film score" thing
Kontroll - see the movie if you haven't.

Anybody have a rip of Ravi Shankar's score for "Charley"?
Purty please? :)

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, an interesting companion piece to the "Death Wish 2" soundtrack from around the same time. I remember the DW2 soundtrack actually making it on the Toronto album charts for several weeks, as Jimmy Page's name generated decent sales for the release. Thanks for posting this!

9:11 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Just got back from vacation and your blog was one of the first things I checked. Nice to see the SFH soundtrack posted here. I mentioned it in a previous post, but the college radio station where I worked (circa mid to late 80s) had a copy of this in the record library and my buddy insisted on playing cuts from it whenever he came by to sit in on my show. Brings back some memories... thanks!

4:35 AM  
Anonymous deeky said...

here's a quote i just read about the score:

"Ladies and gents, Scream for Help boasts what is easily the worst score in the history of the cinema."

4:10 PM  

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