A Song Before Annihilation: LE NOTTI DEL TERRORE (Fan Edition)
It’s a sad state of affairs that the original score to Andrea Bianchi’s Burial Ground, a stripped down garbage heap of horror show that positively revels in its own singular pointlessness, remains so woefully obscure. Original may be a bit of a misnomer here. Credited to veteran Italian composers Berto Pisano (Strip Nude for Your Killer) and Elsio Mancuso (Five for Hell), bits and pieces of Burial Ground‘s score have a tendency to show up elsewhere as well (Bianchi’s earlier exploitation effort Malabimba the Malicious Whore for one), unnecessarily muddying the waters of authorship and origin alike.
Regardless of such things, the music that backs the picture makes for an interesting assortment. More or less standard romantic motifs accompany the various liaisons between the cast (and there are many), while the increasingly gruesome exploits of the shambolic and sneaky undead are granted a mix of deliciously moody improvisational synth work and canned action cuts. A light and reassuringly jazzy piece flanks the opening credits just to keep things from seeming too sensible, leaving the score as a whole an incongruous mess of styles that were, nevertheless, precisely what Burial Ground called for.
Shared below is a fan appreciation of one of Burial Ground‘s choice cuts, an atmospheric and reverberative bit of synth noodling that accompanies the film’s pre-credits sequence, in which a professor of questionable intent runs afoul of a gaggle of newly risen Etruscan dead. It’s a cover well done, and with no official score release in sight, I’ll definitely take it.