Mondo, the art gallery and printing subsidiary of Alamo Drafthouse that’s responsible for troves of amazing film and pop culture-inspired art, has teamed up with recently acquired Death Waltz Recording Company to release a collection of cult classic film scores on vinyl, some for the first time.
The first series of releases includes a double-album comprised of the operatic scores to two David Cronenberg (aka “The Baron of Blood”) horrors, Scanners and The Brood. Both films were composed by long-time Cronenberg collaborator, Howard Shore, who went on to win an Academy Award for his work on the The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and feature creepy, Mondo-approved art by Sam Wolfe Connelly (see a sample below). The vinyl even comes in one of two color options: “a Scanners-themed Cream with Brown & Red Splatter mimicking the infamous head explosion and a Brood-themed Gray with Green Splatter to represent Nola’s external womb.” A neat detail to point out when spinning this record at a cocktail party.
Also released is Fajar Yuskemal and Aria Prayogi’s original score to 2012’s The Raid. When the action film import from Indonesia made it’s Western debut, the original score was replaced with one composed by Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, so this record may be the first opportunity for a lot of fans to experience the heavy, percussive and electronic score it’s creators originally intended. And just look at the album art by comic-book artist Chris Weston…
Rounding out the new releases from Mondo and Death Waltz is an EP of the synthy and frantic “Angela’s Theme” from the 1983 horror flick, Sleepaway Camp. The 7″ includes two other tracks from the film, “Tonight” and “Take A Chance”, and was remastered by performer Frankie Vinci himself, who said, “The three songs may sound sonically inferior to today’s digital recordings but the heart of ‘Angela’s Theme’ is the eerie notes in the intro and the overall vibe. The Yamaha keyboard’s bell sound actually adds to the creepy feel of the movie ending.”
All are available as of today on Mondo’s website. If anyone has had a chance to hear any of these records, please let us know what you think in the comments below!