1-2 Weeks
5 Tombe Per Un Medium / Il Mostro Dell' Opera


Digitmovies presents for the first time on CD Aldo Piga's complete original soundtrack for the by for two films: 5 Tombe Per Un Medium (aka "Terror Creatures From The Grave"), a Gothic horror film shot in 1966 by Massimo Pupillo and 1964's Il Mostro Dell' Opera (aka "The Vampire Of The Opera") one of the first Italian horror films directed by the specialist Renato Polselli. 5 Tombe Per Un Medium, starring the Gothic movie queen Barbara Steele, tells the story of a notary, who receives a letter from a doctor, researcher of occultism, who invites him to his villa to prepare his last will. Massimo Pupillo realizes one of the best Italian Gothic of the '60s, filmed in beautiful black-and-white and full of evocative images, such as the showcase of the cut-off art pictures that come alive and the sinister creaking of the invisible pall bearer, announcer of death. In Il Mostro Dell' Opera, a group of artists rents a theater for rehearsals of a show. Soon they discover the presence of a monstrous individual who sows terror and death by decimating the group. Eventually, the monster will be eliminated. For Digitmovies' CD they used the mono master tapes of the original recording sessions. Aldo Piga has written two symphonic scores that give a wink to those of the British Hammer studios and of the American AIP productions with a wild performance of the orchestra which creates the background for the scenes of pure terror, alternated with moments of mystery. Both OSTs feature a main theme with ancient, almost Celtic flavor. In the film 5 Tombe Per Un Medium, you can hear a version of this theme performed by a little girl, but on the master tapes only a vocal which is sung both in Italian and English by an adult female, does exist. Piga reprises this charming theme with bass in a dance floor manner in the end titles and its alternate versions as bonus tracks, backing tracks maybe purposed for a song on a record which then never saw the light in those days. For Il Mostro Dell' Opera the author has used the musical saw and the Theremin, typical sounds of horror movies of the past, to describe scenes of tension and fear, alternated with nightclub dancefloor tunes. As bonus track the label included a rare and fascinating take in stereo performed by the Theremin.