Sunday, 25 December 2016

Carl Zittrer – Black Christmas (1974)

Composer: Carl Zittrer

 1. Silent Night - Jingle Bells 01:39
2. Stalking The House 01:12
3. Entering Through The Window 00:19
4. Climbing Down The Attic Ladder 00:50
5. Suffocation 00:41
6. Back Into The Attic 00:36
7. Dead In The Rocker 00:10
8. The Killers Song 00:14
9. Mrs. Mac Leaves The House 00:10
10. Jess Gets A Phone Call 00:25
11. Peter's Recital 01:15
12. Cue Outside The House 00:05
13. Reporting Back To The House 00:26
14. Killer Outside 00:20
15. Kitty Finds Clare 00:06
16. Mrs. Mac Death 01:54
17. Cue Outside House - Finding The Young Girl 00:25
18. Jess Gets Another Call 00:50
19. The Shadow Crosses The Room 00:15
20. Lt. Fuller Pays a Visit 02:09
21. The Sinister Phone 00:11
22. Rocking Clare 00:21
23. Spying On A Sleeping Barb 00:45
24. On The Phone With Lt. Fuller 00:11
25. Stalking Jess And Phyl 00:20
26. Watching Them On The Phone 00:52
27. Phyl Goes To Bed 00:25
28. Clare Calls Phyl 00:22
29. Lt. Fuller Finds The Location 00:17
30. Nash, Dead In The Car 00:19
31. The Caller Is Inside The House 00:35
32. Finding The Bodies - It's Me Billy 02:03
33. Trapped In The Basement 01:04
34. Peter Is That You 01:44
35. The Wrong Man 00:45
36. Still Lurking In The House 00:18
37. Bonus Intro Sequence 00:55

Carl Zittrer is a Canadian composer, who has done the score for such films as,
Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things (1973), Deranged (1974), Dead Of Night (1974), Black Christmas (1974),
Murder By Decree (1979) (for which he won the Genie Award for Best Achievement In Music - Original Score),
Prom Night (1980), Porky's (1982), Porky's II: The Next Day (1983), A Christmas Story (1983) and others.
Black Christmas (alternate titles include Silent Night, Evil Night and Stranger In The House)
is a Canadian psychological slasher film directed by Bob Clark (August 5, 1939 – April 4, 2007) and written by A. Roy Moore.
The story follows a group of sorority sisters who are receiving threatening phone calls,
while being stalked and murdered during the holiday season by a deranged murderer.
The film was inspired by a series of murders that took place in the Westmount section of Montreal, Quebec,
and the urban legend "The Babysitter And The Man Upstairs".
Years after its release, Black Christmas has received respected praise and is generally considered to be one
of the earliest slasher films, served as an influence for Halloween, and has become a cult classic.
Carl Zittrer, stated in an interview that he created the film's mysterious music by tying forks,
combs, and knives onto the strings of the piano in order to warp the sound of the keys.
Zittrer also stated that he would distort the sound further by recording it onto an audio tape and make the sound slower.
The disturbing phone calls was performed by actor Nick Mancuso, director Bob Clark, and an unknown actress.
Mancuso stated in an interview that he would stand on his head during the recording sessions
to make his voice sound more demented.
The haunting, dissonant score that had never been released in any format
and thought to be lost or destroyed for 40 years was finally pressed in 2016 on vinyl by Waxwork Records,
that worked for a year with composer Carl Zittrer researching and tracking down the original masters.
After locating them, Zittrer spent many months constructing a cohesive Black Christmas soundtrack.
The entire album was then mastered and pressed on 180 gram clear vinyl and on a clear with blood splatter vinyl.
The Memory link contains the dvd-rip version of the soundtrack and not the Waxwork Records version.

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