Quartet Records presents a double-bill of Spanish horror scores for films starring Paul Naschy.
El espanto surge de la tumba (Horror Rises from the Tomb) (1973), was a medieval-themed horror picture with Paul Naschy playing both an evil warlock knight from the 15th century as well as his 20th century descendant trying to undo the damage done by his forbear. Spanish composer Carmelo Bernaola (Count Dracula’s Great Love, Hunchback of the Morgue, Verano azul) responds to the evil mayhem with a Gothic/psychedelic score using organ, strings, prepared piano and wooden percussion. Since the score is only about 30 minutes long, the CD also features the complete score for another Spanish horror film:
El asesino está entre los 13 (The Killer Is One of Thirteen) (1976), features Naschy as a butler in an Agatha Christie-inspired tale where party guests start dying one by one; it turns out all of them have some connection to the house’s deceased owner. Because the film’s budget was small, famous Spanish composer Alfonso Santisteban (Killing of the Dolls, Necrophagus, Casta e pura) wrote just four cues for the picture, which the filmmakers then placed in some of the most random parts of the film. Nevertheless, on an album it works marvelously, giving ample backing for your own murder-themed dinner party.
Both scores make their premiere release in any form on this CD, mastered by Nicolás Tsabertidis from original master tapes. The package includes a 12-page booklet with liner notes by Gergely Hubai that discuss the films, the scores and the composers.