Paura: A Collection of Italian Horror Sounds from the CAM Sugar Archive

Various Artists - CD - Rating: 9/10

This is an excellent and diverse compilation of music from various (mostly) 70s horror films and thrillers. There are all the usual suspects—Ennio Morricone, Bruno Nicolai, and Riz Ortolani—but there is also many composers that I don’t know much about. Most of the tracks have a rock or jazz feel with only a couple of exceptions that feature more conventional soundtrack orchestrations. The highlight of the album is the super-funky closing track by Daniele Patucchi called, “Minaccia sulla città.”

When this record was released there was a fantastic marketing campaign that featured a black-gloved killer’s POV of him (or her) opening the boxed edition of the album.

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