Monday, October 09, 2006

Rise and Shine

One of the more high-profile studio horror films in 1980, The Awakening quickly ticked off a lot of mummy fans with its poster image of a cloth-wrapped fiend emerging from a pyramid. However, this adaptation of Bram Stoker's The Jewel of Seven Stars (previously filmed by Hammer as Blood from the Mummy's Tomb) -- meant to cash in on the still-active public interest in King Tut -- skimps on the mummy mayhem, instead focusing on a series of bloody deaths and possessions unleashed after Charlton Heston opens an Egyptian princess' sacreb tomb. This was the feature directorial debut of Mike Newell, who went on to a series of high-profile British dramas and comedies before eventually returning to fantastic cinema with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. One of The Awakening's strongest assets is its fine, lyrical score by jazz favorite Claude Bolling, who turns in a rich orchestral work with a beautiful, shimmering main theme.

The Awakening
1. Main Title
2. She Has A Name
3. Night Drive
4. The Big Revelation & Descent

5. Kara Takes Control
6. The Eclipse
7. Margaret's Decision / The Mirror
8. Corbeck's Party
9. Inside Kara's Tomb
10. Canopic Jars
11. Jane's Discovery / Jane's Betrayal
12. The Big Drop
13. The Ceremony
14. Queen Kara

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Anonymous Honored General said...

I have been looking for this one for Years! Thank you so much for posting it!

3:47 PM  
Blogger ISBUM said...

Thank you for for dusting this 0ne off:) A beauty rises again.

A great post and surely Mr.Bolling's finest work.

6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic! Now if you only had a copy of the score to The Changeling...

6:49 PM  
Blogger ISBUM said...

Here's my contribution to the Halloween season.

Alex North's "The Bad Seed"

8:15 PM  
Anonymous Breton Girl said...

Great post a great music, thanks a lot! :)
Have you got any other "mummy" soundtrack, by the way?

12:15 AM  
Blogger Leon said...

What a gem!

Many thanks :)

1:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of my favorite horror scores. The film itself is available on Australian R4 DVD in an anamorphic transfer (no extras).

5:18 AM  
Blogger 7 Black Notes said...

Glad you guys like this one; I think it definitely deserves to be more widely heard. I'll try to get "Changeling" posted on this thread shortly.

Thanks for "The Bad Seed," ISBUM!

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking forward to this... My vinyl is noisy.
Spectacular score - That and the poster, induced me to go see the film when it opened. Dull... So very dull. Like a tranquilized version of "The Omen" with an Egyptian motif.

4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's no longer available anymore on rapidshare. Coul you repost it ? I'm looking for this soundtrack for years too...

9:40 AM  
Blogger deckardB26354 said...

Hello, Can You please repost this soundtrack?

3:40 PM  
Blogger Jeannie Lindley said...

Please re-up? Thanks.

8:11 PM  

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