R.A.H. (againstathorn) wrote,

Stelvio Cipriani - Happiness Is Having Two Killer Whales As Friends (1977)

At this point I should confess that throughout much of Music for the Month of Halloween I'll be introducing many of the Italian film composers whose work I discovered and fell in love with this past year. Almost all of them scored at least a couple horror or sci-fi films, many of which I haven't even seen, but that isn't to say I'm unable to enjoy the music, which is sometimes more memorable than the actual films they were composed for.

Today's piece is taken from Stelvio Cipriani's score for 'Tentacles,' a 1997 Italian-American eco-horror film which widely regarded as a cheap 'Jaws' rip-off. I've actually seen this one, paired on a Midnight Movies DVD double feature with equally silly 'Empire of the Ants. Unless you're deliberately seeking out cheese, neither movies are anything to write home about.

My thoughts on 'Tentacles' aside, the score is great and includes some pieces one might describe as dreamy, perhaps even romantic. I don't remember how this music was used in the film itself, but I imagine it granted some emotional weight to the otherwise schlocky proceedings, making the viewing experience at least somewhat tolerable.

Anyway, in today's piece, "Happiness Is Having Two Killer Whales As Friends," I love the spacey atmosphere and sonic experiments flying throughout the touching music.

Stelvio Cipriani - Happiness Is Having Two Killer Whales As Friends (1977)

As a bonus, here's another cut that score, the surprisingly tender "Two Old Kids."

Tags: music for the month of halloween
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