The Music Of Erich Zann

For 24 Hours Only, Our Favorite Scores From The Films Of H.P. Lovecraft

"Only poetry or madness could do justice to the noises heard by Legrasse’s men as they ploughed on through the black morass toward the red glare and the muffled tom-toms. There are vocal qualities peculiar to men, and vocal qualities peculiar to beasts; and it is terrible to hear the one when the source should yield the other. Animal fury and orgiastic licence here whipped themselves to daemoniac heights by howls and squawking ecstasies that tore and reverberated through those nighted woods like pestilential tempests from the gulfs of hell. Now and then the less organised ululation would cease, and from what seemed a well-drilled chorus of hoarse voices would rise in sing-song chant that hideous phrase or ritual: 'Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.'"

There is likely no other birthday besides my own and that o
f my husband that I enjoy celebrating more than H.P. Lovecraft. If I had more time, I'd take a wealth of his beloved short stories and a flickering candle and go read them graveside at the sprawling, spooky cemetery down the road from us. Why? Because I am a total dork like that. Not that Lovecraft's fiction needs much help in raising the gooseflesh on my arms and standing the hairs on my neck on end. But instead I've opted to bunker down and celebrate the occasion with you guys tonight. And in keeping in the tradition of birthday gift giving, we here at The October Country are bestowing upon you dear readers, our little bloodsucking freaks, our favorite film scores from and inspired by the works of the godfather of all that slithers and squirms through our worst nightmares, H.P. Lovecraft.

Sonically and thematically it is a varied bunch that is being provided. From the science fiction, zombie nightmare of Re-Animator and the world of everyone's favorite mad scientist Dr.
Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) comes Charles Band's playful and fun riffing of Bernard Herrmann's score to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. Then there is John Carpenter's soundtrack to In The Mouth of Madness, bringing to life the rubber reality world of Sutter Cane (H.P. Lovecraft) and the bedeviled town of Hobb's End (Dunwich, Arkam, you choose) in appropriately menacing fashion. It's not one of Carpenter's strongest works (score or film) but there are plenty of movements that should remind viewers of when the movie is working at full throttle (the dark country road bicyclist for starters and it's attendant tinkling tune). Next up we have Joseph LoDuca's work for Necronomicon, the underrated Lovecraft anthology from the early 90's that sees Jeffry Combs (yet again) tackling the master's work, only this time playing the obsessive and troubled young author himself. Not to be forgotten is the powerful score by Mark Isham for Stephen King's The Mist. Which lets face it, is not only King's masterful homage to the worlds of Lovecraft but in film form, quite frankly one of the most epic and effective Lovecraftian movies ever made. Lastly we have Carles Cases' soundtrack to Stuart Gordon's (a man who has made a living dipping into Lovecraft's work) Dagon. Of all the soundtracks presented here, it is Cases' score that perhaps comes the closest to truly capturing what the sonic world of Lovecraft might sound like. What with the choral chanting of "Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn." heard throughout among other wonderful flourishes. So there ya have it folks. Our suggestion, softly play one of these in the background tonight when you do your own Lovecraft celebrating. Whether you crack his weathered book jackets and read them by the gibbous moonlight, or a flickering candle. Goosebumps and sleeplessness are surely in store.


1. Prologue/Main Title
2. Meg Looks For The Cat
3. Dan Falls Into Cellar
4. The Turning Point/ First Reanimation/ First Reanimator
5. Halsey Back To Live
6. Halsey Grabs The Boys
7. Welcome Back To Life
8. Meg And Hill In Office
9. West Tries Parts
10. Searching Hill's Office
11. Body And Soul
12. Love Theme
13. Corpses Just Want To Have Fun
14. Meg Is Gone....Well, Maybe Not/ End Credits
15. Interview With Richard Band
16. Re-Animator Theme Reprise

"Those haunting notes I had remembered, and had often hummed and whistled inaccurately to myself..."

In the Mouth of Madness

1. In The Mouth of Madness
2. Robby’s Office
3. Axe Man
4. Bookstore Creep
5. The Alley Nightmare
6. Trent Makes the Map
7. A Boy and His Bike
8. Don’t Look Down
9. Hobb’s End
10. Pickman’s Hotel
11. The Picture Changes
12. The Black Church
13. You’re Wrong Trent
14. Mommy’s Day
15. Do You Like My Ending?
16. I’m Losing Me
17. Main Street
18. Hobb’s End Escape
19. The Portal Opens
20. The Old ones Return
21. The Book Comes Back
22. Madness Outside
23. Just a Bedtime Story

" It would be useless to describe the playing of Erich Zann on that dreadful night. It was more horrible than anything I had ever overheard, because I could now see the expression of his face, and could realise that this time the motive was stark fear."

Necronomicon: Book of the Dead

1. Main Title
2. The Library
3. The Drowned
4. Shipwrecked
5. Clara's Return
6. The Cold
7. Room for Rent
8. Dr. Madden
9. The Incredible Melting Man
10. Whispers
11. Going Underground
12. Welcome to Hell
13. A Waking Nightmare
14. Paid in Full
15. End Credits

"There in the narrow hall, outside the bolted door with the covered keyhole, I often heard sounds which filled me with an indefinable dread..."

The Mist

1. Won't Somebody See a Lady Home?
2. Tentacles
3. Bugs
4. Mist
5. Spiders
6. Expiation
7. The Host of Seraphim

"Louder and louder, wilder and wilder, mounted the shrieking and whining of that desperate viol. The player was dripping with an uncanny perspiration and twisted like a monkey, always looking frantically at the curtained window. In his frenzied strains I could almost see shadowy satyrs and Bacchanals dancing and whirling insanely through seething abysses of clouds and smoke and lightning."


1. Main Title
2. Isla de la Muerte
3. Only Sounds Over Miles
4. At the Hotel
5. Ezequiel's Story
6. Die For Dagon
7. Javier Home
8. Preparing the Sacrifice
9. Dagon Rises
10. Final-Credits

"Then one night as I listened at the door I heard the shrieking viol swell into a chaotic babel of sound; a pandemonium which would have led me to doubt my own shaking sanity had there not come from behind that barred portal a piteous proof that the horror was real..."

*Editor's Note:
All the downloads on here are for evaluation/preview purposes and if you download something that you like, then you should buy the DVD, CD, tape, or vinyl it comes from. Thanks

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