Cattet and Forzani have lifted much of the music for their latest feature from late 1960s and ’70s European horror flicks and here we take a look at five of those dark and devilish delights which featured the original tracks.
Killer Nun (Suor Omicidi 1979)
Anita Ekberg is a nun on the edge in this nunsploitation flick from Giulio Berruiti. She plays Sister Gertude whose addiction to morphine is driving her crazy. Pushed to her limit she pawns her jewels so she can dine out at fabulous restaurants and seduce unsuspecting men for sexual encounters. Ekberg is on fiery form swearing her head off, crushing OAPs false teeth in fits of rage and of course as suggested by the title, slicing up innocent bystanders.
Perhaps the most striking piece of music used in TSCOYBT, Suor Omicidi Sequence 4, composed by Alessandro Alessandroni appears in a most discomforting scene where Sister Gertrude gives in to temptation shoots up junk, hallucinates a scalping and commits her first murder.
Mary Whitehouse took offense to Killer Nun for some reason, adding it to the Video Nasties list and banning it in the UK. It finally got an uncut release on DVD in 2006.
So Sweet…So Perverse (Cosi Dolce… Cosi Perverse 1969)
“I would love to have you in Africa hand in hand naked in the virgin forest”, whispers Jean Reynaud’s (Jean-Louis Trintignant) mistress to him after a spot of afternoon delight. Reynaud is an adulterous scoundrel and expert clay pigeon shooter with a hero complex. When Reynaud overhears a vicious argument between a young couple in his building he rushes in to save the day and suddenly becomes embroiled in a nightmare of double crosses and red herrings. It’s Umberto Lenzi’s variation of the French classic Diabolique and it’s stunning and tense.
This Paris set giallo features arresting architecture and intricate interior design with Reynaud running around lavish apartments and grand staircases sniffing out clues. Riz Ortolani, who also worked with Ruggero Deodato on Cannibal Holocaust as well as having his music featured in three Quentin Tarantino movies, provides a spellbinding accompaniment to the sticky situations Reynaud finds himself in.
Organ music, sexy gasps, nifty percussion and haunting choral make up Ennio Morricone’s Erotico Mistico. The magnificent score for Jerzy Kawalerowicz’s Maddalena boasts a wealth of fantastic music from Morricone, but this particular number plays out in an intoxicating scene where Maddalena dances at length as part of a seduction ritual.
Once again, members of the clergy feature in this dark delve into corruption with Maddalena spending her days fondling her breasts on sunny afternoons at the beach in an attempt to lead a priest into temptation whilst also battling her own psychological demons.
Confessions of Emanuelle (Emanuelle – Perche violenza alle donne? 1977)
Not a horror, per se, but rather a soft porn that sees Emanuelle travel around the world investigating the real life horrors of the sex slave trade. Along the way she meets many evil men who exploit young girls for cash. On the lighter side, she also finds herself in India, freeing her mind and body and acting out the Karma Sutra in a bid to disprove a guru’s claim of the ultimate orgasm.
Composer Nico Fidenco is perhaps best known for his appearance on the Confessions of a Dangerous Mind soundtrack but his time with the Black Emanuelle series (a thinly veiled cash-in on the Sylvia Kristel Emmanuelle series) was long lived taking on composition for many of Joe D’Amato’s sexploitation flicks starring Laura Gemser as the titular character.
Short night of Glass Dolls (La corta note delle bambole di vetro 1971)
Narrated by brutally murdered journalist, Gregory Moore (a moustachioed Jean Sorel) who tries to unravel the mystery of his death whilst lying on the cold metal morgue slate we are taken through his memory beginning with the evening his girlfriend inexplicably disappeared. A terrifying jangle haunts Moore’s mind as he makes his way round secret clubs, dark alleys and boudoirs in an attempt to solve the strange situation of his living death.
At one point Moore finds himself in a quaint part of town where a denim clad Davy Jones type busker gaily plucks his guitar and sings a sunny ditty about blood rain…this isn’t even the most surreal moment of the film. Another Ennio Morricone soundtrack accompanies this wild and unpredictable thriller.
The Strange Colour Of Your Body’s Tears is released 11 April in the UK.