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Waxwork Record’s ‘Don’t Look Now’ (vinyl review)

Don’t Look Now is Nicholas Roeg’s (ROAG) 1973 thriller set around a couple’s grief over the death of their daughter.  The majority of the film is set in Venice, Italy, and the setting is as much the star of the film as Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie.

This movie scared the CRAP out of me as a kid, where it aired regularly on Detroit’s TV-50 WKBD Saturday Shocker, or was it WDIV’s Saturday Night Dead?

This film marked the first score from Italian composer Pino Donaggio, who would go on to score countless horror classics including Piranha, Tourist Trap, The Howling and several partnerships with Brian De Palma starting with Carrie.  The Don’t Look Now score shares simular themes to Carrie, though it’s a little more restrained.

Donaggio got his start singing with Paul Anka and quickly became known in the 60s as a singer songwriter.  His biggest hit is known most popularly as You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me performed by both Dusty Springfield and Elvis Presley.

It’s Donaggio’s songwriting background that lends itself best to this particular score. He’s a master at creating melodic themes.

This Waxwork Records release is another fantastic presentation.  Features include 180 gram “Red Raincoat” colored vinyl, old style tip-on gatefold jackets, printed inserts, and all new artwork by Jessica Seamans of Landland. The version I received has more of a translucent disc, with red blotch stain in keeping with the theme from an opening scene in the movie.

You can order the release now here, and watch for more reviews from me on past and future horror soundtrack releases.


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