Five occult soundtracks

Five . . .occult Soundtracks

Our favourite horror soundtracks, featuring Manhunter, Sorcerer and Cannibal Holocaust

This month sees a rare appearance from cult composer Fabio Frizzi, after a screening of Zombie Flesh Eaters. Unearthed are five occult soundtracks to whet your nerdy appetites


(dir. Michael Mann) – Various Artists
One of the finest soundtracks of the 80s, including some total cornball pop from the likes of Red 7 to the brooding keys of Klaus Schulze and Michel Rubini – and of course the monstrously rocking ‘In a Gadda Da Vida’ by Iron Butterfly. A riff that never ends.


(dir. William Friedkin) – Tangerine Dream
Alongside The Keep, this Tangerine Dream score is one of their darkest releases to date. A perfect accompaniment to Friedkin’s intense trucking/heist film, with sweeping arpeggios and heavy low end, verging on full-on industrial territory.

A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin

(dir. Lucio Fulci) – Ennio Morricone
A wickedly warped soundtrack by Morricone for Lucio Fulci’s mind-bending classic, with touches of acid rock, noise, prog and jazz flute thrown into the mix. It’s a crying shame that most of Morricone’s finest scores are often his most overlooked.

Cannibal Holocaust

(dir. Rugerro Deodato) – Riz Ortolani
Despite the film’s notoriety, Ortolani’s score is beautiful – opening with the delicate acoustic picking of the main title, which works as a total divergence to the inherent nastiness of the movie. But when the jungle synth drones kick in mid-flick, it’s time to start to start running to the hills.

The Beyond

(dir. Lucio Fulci) – Fabio Frizzi
Alongside Frizzi’s score for Zombie Flesh Eaters and City of The Living Dead, his work on The Beyond will go down as his pinnacle. A creepy as hell piano break which just oozes pus out of the screen – it’s just been beautifully reissued by Mondo on 180g vinyl too. Essential.

Zombie Flesh Eaters, screening on Sun 26 Aug, at the GFT, Glasgow, followed by a Q&A by Fabio Frizzi.

Manhunter Soundtrack Graham's Theme

Tangerine Dream - Betrayal (Sorcerer Theme)

Lizard in a Woman's Skin - 1971 - Ennio Morricone "A Lucio Fulci"

Cannibal Holocaust - Opening Theme Music (Riz Ortolani)

The Beyond (L'Aldila) Soundtrack 01 - Verso l'ignoto

Zombie Flesh Eaters

  • 4 stars
  • 1979
  • Italy
  • 1h 31min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Lucio Fulci
  • Cast: Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson.

Fulci's shameless rip-off of Romero's 'living dead' series is done with full-on spaghetti abandon, touching also on the notorious Italian cannibal sub-genre and a bit of voodoo for good measure. When the zombies manage to spill onto the streets of New York, two couples head off to the island that seems to be their source.

Cannibal Holocaust

  • 4 stars
  • 1980
  • Italy
  • 1h 29min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Ruggero Deodato
  • Written by: Gianfranco Clerici
  • Cast: Robert Kerman, Carl Gabriel Yorke, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen, Luca Barbareschi

One of the most gruelling, shocking and infamous of the Video Nasties as a documentary team come across cannibals in the South American jungles.