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Over the course of the next few days I will be serving up a few soundtracks from some of the greatest Italian horror films ever made, directed by such legends as Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci, and Mario Brava. While I think the music that was composed for these films was typically less horrifying than their American counterparts, they still stand as excellent examples of musical composition in their own right. I also feel that it would be almost blasphemous if I neglected to feature them in the Halloween Countdown, and I realize that there will be a lot of Italian horror fans eager to download these.
First up on the menu is the soundtrack Fabbio Frizzi composed for Lucio Fulci's 1979 film "Zombi 2", also known simply as "Zombie" or "Zombie Flesh Eaters". This is the film that helped to revive Fulci's declining career, and easily tops my list of favorite zombie flicks of all time. For the most part I've avoided writing at any length about the actual films the soundtracks I'm posting were composed for, but I simply can't resist devoting a few paragraphs to one of my favorite horror films of all time.
If you haven't had the chance to experience the sheer awesomeness that is Zombie, you really have no idea what you've been missing out on all these years. The zombies are some of the most realistic, horrifying examples of the living dead to ever grace a motion picture to date. The gore is completely over the top and convincing, as was typical with Fulci's films. The shots of zombie hordes devouring human flesh as if they are at an all you can eat buffet are some of the most memorable in the zombie genre. It also includes one of the most infamous and cringe-worthy scenes in the genre, in which the character Paola gets her eye brutally gouged out by a huge piece of splintered wood.
One of the most epic scenes in horror history also takes place within the film, an underwater fight between a zombie and a shark. Let me run that by you one more time - an underwater fight between a zombie and a fucking shark. Any film that actually has the balls to attempt a "zombie vs shark" fight scene, and actually pull it off without making it look utterly ridiculous is a winner in my book. If that isn't enough to convince you to see this film then you have no right to call yourself a fan of horror films. Again, you owe it to yourself to see this if you haven't already.
There have been many different versions of the soundtrack to Zombi 2 released over the years. I don't think that I've ever come across one that simply just contains the score written by Fabio Frizzi, and the version I'm posting today is no exception, although I'm sure one must exist somewhere. Every version that I have found either contains bonus tracks, or is a split release which includes the score to another horror film. The version I'm posting today is referred to as the "Blackest Heart Media Comic Book Edition", not to be confused with the version released by Blackest Heart Media that included music from Cannibal Ferox It is one of, if not the rarest versions of the soundtrack to Zombi 2 to be released.
In 2000 Blackest Heart Media released a graphic novel adaption of the film, written by Stephen Romano. Unfortunately Blackest Heart Media shut down shop sometime in 2002, and it appears as if we have seen the last of them. As with many who composed scores for Italian horror films, Frizzi did not aim to instill a feeling of complete dread in the listener with his music. Instead he opted for a more minimalistic and highly atmospheric approach. His music often relied on the heavy use of synthesizers and slow repetitive rhythms to create an ominous undertone. In addition to Fabio Frizzi's score for Zombi 2, this release also contains a number of extra features. There are several different radio spots for Zombi 2 and a few other films directed by Fulci, a few remixes of tracks from the original score, as well as several excellent tracks from a group named rokOpera (which I admittedly know nothing about), and one track by a group referred to as Cinema Stage Orchestra. All in all I think this is the best version of the soundtrack to be released. I hope all of you Fulci and Frizzi fans enjoy this as much as I have.
Year of Release: 2000 Label: Blackest Heart Media Genres: Soundtrack/Score, Horror Bitrate: 320kbps
Tracklist: 1. Fabio Frizzi - The Boat Can Leave Now 2. Fabio Frizzi - Zombie 3. Fabio Frizzi - Eyeball 4. Fabio Frizzi - Escape From the Flesheaters 5. Fabio Frizzi - Leaving Hell (The Cab Ride) 6. Fabio Frizzi - Menard's Duty 7. Fabio Frizzi - Matool 8. Fabio Frizzi - Ann and Peter 9. Fabio Frizzi - Voodoo Rising 10. Fabio Frizzi - Matool (Version Two) 11. Fabio Frizzi - Escape From the Flesheaters (Version Two) 12. Fabio Frizzi - Maggots/Voodoo Rising (Film Version) 13. Fabio Frizzi - Escape From the Flesheaters (Remix Version) 14. Fabio Frizzi - Matool (Remix Version) 15. Fabio Frizzi - Zombies Everywhere.... 16. rokOPERA - Biacando's Fire 17. A Roomfull of Dead Friends (Radio Spot) 18. rokOPERA - Zombie 2000 19. Fabio Frizzi - A Very Bad Experience With Extremely Dangerous Dead People 20. Cinema Strange Orchestra - Zombie (Orchestral) 21. You Are What You Eat (Radio Spot) 22. rokOPERA - Peter West / Danger Seeker (Outtake) 23. A Bloody Hand Rises to Grab You (Radio Spot) 24. rokOPERA - Dead Eyes 25. Fabio Frizzi - Just Dead Enough 26. rokOPERA - Reality Is A Nightmare (Remix Fixx) 27. It's Got My Arm! (Radio Spot) 28. rokOPERA - Eating Lucio 29. The Gates of Hell (Radio Spot) 30. rokOPERA Connexion (Goblin Cover)