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
“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.
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!
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!
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…