Belgian specialist label One Way Static are releasing two new albums featuring three scores from horror music history. The first LP is the 1980 electronic score from The Boogey Man, composed by Tim Krog, with the second being Mark of the Devil I and II, music composed by Michael Holm.
The Boogey Man is a 1980 slasher directed by award-winning German filmmaker Ulli Lommel. As OWS explain, "Lommel needed a soundtrack that fitted the times like the synth based John Carpenter styled soundscapes used in Halloween. By the late seventies, electronic music had achieved new heights of popularity. Technological innovations such as the Mini-Moog became a weapon of choice for new composers, churning out chilling electronic music that showed the industry its full creative potential.
For this he turned to Tim Krog and his team ‘Synthe-Sound-Trax’ composed out of Jan Barlett and Ed Christiano. This trio produced a soundtrack far more progressive and unique than one might expect. Moving easily between traditional melodies and more experimental textures, The Boogeyman’s score is a superb example of an economical but highly effective scoring style that would be prevalent throughout the ensuing decade."
The score comes with liner notes from Lommel, horror movie author Justin Kerswel, and film score nerd Charlie Brigden.
The Mark of the Devil films were notorious for being incredible violent, but even so "the musical score penned here by Michael Holm is surprisingly melodic for a horror movie, but also contains dramatic and atmospheric compositions. It has that sort of luxurious and haunting sound, very European and romantically slanted and maybe a little pop orientated. The central theme evokes the feel of Riz Ortolani’s theme for ‘Cannibal Holocaust’, which ironically was only written ten years later. Even spaghetti westerns of the 1960s and 1970s written by composers such as Morricone and Bruno Nicolai come to mind when experiencing this album."
Both The Boogey Man and The Mark of the Devil I and II are up for pre-order now at One Way Static.