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Favorite Film Music of the Day:

Opening credits theme from Jess Franco’s “Venus in Furs”, by Syd Dale

Though the film’s score is credited to Manfred Mann, most of the incidental music is actually archive work by other composers (some apparently composed by Bruno Nicolai). While Manfred Mann’s awesome songs have sadly not been officially released, for the moment we can have this really catchy opening tune in a somewhat extended version

  • *while watching the beach scene in the theater*
  • Me: oh my gosh no no no this is the same score as The Cave goodbye world
  • *beach scene intensifies*
  • *The Cave evolves into the most beautifully composed piece of music that my ears have ever had the privilege of listening to*
  • Me: TAKE ME NOW LORD BETWEEN THIS AND EVERLARK IM DONE FOR GOOD
  • *one year later*
  • Me: FRANCIS LAWRENCE THIS NIGHTMARE SCENE IS INCONSIDERATE
  • Me: *hears a familiar score*
  • Me: wait... IS THAT... I NEED YOU
  • *collapses into a pile of everlark sadness*
  • *yet another year later*
  • Me: *is already a complete emotional mess because the end of the end is near and prim and we're back in District 12 and all I want to do is scream*
  • *I Need You starts playing in full force*
  • Me: JAMES NEWTON HOWARD I HONESTLY FEEL SO ATTACKED RIGHT NOW THIS IS SO BEAUTIFUL BUT SO HEARTBREAKING I AM PUDDLE OF EVERLARK TEARS I GTG
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Favorite Film Music of the Day

“Venus in Furs” by Manfred Mann, sung by Barbara McNair, from Jess Franco’s hypnotic “Venus in Furs” (aka: Paroxismus) (no relation to the infamous novel of the same name, though). This film has got to have one of the most memorable soundtracks I’ve ever heard, and it’s a tremendous pity that a recording is yet to be released. As such, this is an actual clip from the film - during the moment in which the song is played.

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“Sweet Dreams” by Simon Boswell, from the soundtrack of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s “Santa Sangre”. This song is bound to haunt your dreams… (as will this movie)

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Cover of Krzysztof Komeda’s “Minuet” from the ball scene of Roman Polanski’s “Dance of the Vampires” (aka “The Fearless Vampire Killers”)

Because this is very relevant right now, and this song is so beautiful (as well as the rest of the score for this film - absolutely perfect)

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Dario Argento’s films up until 2000 have had some of the best film scores ever. It’s really astounding how well the music matches the crazy visuals in his films. “Goblin” - the band responsible for the unforgettable music to “Suspiria” and “Deep Red” (among others) reunited after many years to provide a kickass old-school soundtrack. It is perhaps the last truly brilliant score to an Argento film (and also arguably Argento’s last great film). Enjoy!

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Favorite Film Music of the Day

Bruno Nicolai’s fantastic Opening Theme from Sergio Martino’s exquisite giallo adaptation of Poe’s “Black Cat” - “Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key”. This film may actually contain my very favorite music score to a horror film!

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Favorite Film Music of the Day:

“To Mirna”, by Carlo Savina, from the soundtrack of Mario Bava’s dreamlike horror poem “Lisa and the Devil”

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Absolutely lovely piano cover of Krzysztof Komeda’s “Minuet” from the soundtrack of “The Fearless Vampire Killers”/”Dance of the Vampires”. I love how slow it starts at the beginning, like the love theme for Alfred and Sarah, and then it builds to the actual minuet. I’ve been listening to this quite a bit recently when I can’t sleep at night for being too distressed, it’s just so soothing…

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In the light of Petr Hapka’s passing, one beautiful piece of his from the score of Juraj Herz’s “The Ninth Heart” (the whole score as well as the film are amazing and very much worth checking out)

R.I.P. Petr

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Favorite Film Music of the Day:

Georges Delerue’s score for Jean Luc Godard’s “Le Mépris”

If you haven’t listened to this already, do yourself a favor and listen to it NOW!