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Continuing with my theme within a theme of Italian horror for "Halloween Countdown 2010", I present to you the soundtrack to another personal favorite, Cemetary Man, better known to some by it's Italian title of "Dellamorte Dellamore". Cemetary Man is a horror-comedy film released in 1994, based on the 1991 novel by Tiziano Sclavi. While the film wasn't a commercial success upon its release, nor were the critics kind to it, it has managed to gain a cult following over the years. It is one of the finest examples of turn of the millennium Italian gothic fantasy. Overflowing with atmosphere, dark humor and bitter romance.
I'm honestly not a big fan of horror-comedies, but Cemetary Man caiters to my sick sense of humour with its black comedy, while still managing to satisfy in the horror department as well. The protaginist of the film is Francesco Dellamorte, the caretaker of a small cemetary in Buffalora, Italy, who lives a lonely and depressing life by day. At night he faces the difficult task of exterminating the dead who rise from the grave approximately seven days after they are buried at the cemetary. He is assisted in ridding the cemetary of its zombie infestation by his television-addicted and mentally handicapped assistant, Gnaghi. While not dishing out death he suffers from a tumultuous love life, dealing with the heartbreak brought on by a series of mysterious women, each of which inevitably succumb to a tragic death.
The score to Cemetary Man was composed by Manuel De Sica, a prolific composer who has written over one hundred musical scores for television and film since 1969. His score is a curious hybrid of classic Ennio Morricone and throbbing Goblin excess, striking the perfect balance with it's catchy rhythms and delicious dark tones, offering the perfect auditory accompaniment to the film. As was common with many Italian horror films during this period, the music was created using synthesizers, although there may be a few tracks that utilize traditional instrumentation as well. It is diffucult for me to tell if this is the case though, and since there isn't much information online about the soundtrack I can't say for sure. De Sica shows off his range quiet well throughout the score, brilliantly transitioning from ominous orchestral style cues, to those with a bit more rock and funk flavor added, all the while managing to keep the foreboding atmosphere intact.
It's time for me to study so I'm going to go ahead and end this here. I'm going to try my best to put up at least one more post before the day is done, but it all depends on how well I'm able to grasp the material I'm studying. In the meantime I hope you enjoy this amazing soundtrack, and as always, please leave a comment to let me know what you thought about it.
Year of Release: 1994 Label: GDM Music (GDM 2004) Genre: Soundtrack/Score, Horror, Electronic Bitrate: 320kbps
Tracklist: 1. Dellamorte Dellamore 2. Buffalora's Cemetary 3. Francesco's Thoughts 4. The First "She" 5. The Making of the Skull 6. Will I See Her Again 7. The Ossuary 8. Ignis Fatuus 9. After The Fly 10. Gnachi 11. The Moon on the Island of Death 12. On Augusto's Grave 13. Ressurrcturis 14. The Run of the Death Motorbyke 15. Small Living Dead 16. Before the Earthquake 17. "She" Returner 18. The Death That Lives 19. Shoot the Living 20. Stolen Murders 21. The Life That Dies 22. Lethal Shot 23. The Death Is A Whore 24. The Rest of the World (Doesn't Exist) 25. Dellamorte Dellamore