Did you ever wonder what was behind the door of that boarded up old house? A hollow shell of brick and timber where the sounds of laughter and life that once filled it’s walls with warmth and hope has now been replaced with the creaks and groans of unrest and despair.
When you pass, for a fleeting second, you think you see a face at the window. But that can’t be, can it? No one has lived there for years. It’s a home in disrepair, unoccupied and alone. It’s a house that has lost it’s very essence, a house that has lost a soul.
This time, for some unknown reason, you decide to try the door. To your surprise it opens easily under your touch. The first thing that hits you upon stepping into the building is the smell. It’s the smell of neglect, and under that is the sweet sickly odour of past decay. Maybe there’s a dead rat behind the walls? Yes, that’s got to be it.
With a growing sense of unease you walk slowly down the hall toward another closed door. A chill runs down your spine, your skin begins to feel prickly with gooseflesh and you can’t shake the sudden sense of foreboding. You’ve seen enough old 70’s horror movies to know that this wasn’t your best idea. You curse your all so human curiosity and put your fears to one side.
You can hear a hissing and crackling coming from the room ahead. It sounds very much like the pops of static. After what seems an eternity you reach the door. You push it open tentatively only to see an old record player sitting in the centre of an otherwise empty room. You lift the arm from the runoff and place the needle back at the beginning of the dusty record, sit on the bare floorboards and start to listen…..
Go on, give it a listen, if you dare !
1 Intro – The Sound of Terror (Cannibal Ferox OST)
2 Stefano Torossi - Pulsation De La Mort (Obsession Dramatique - Sonimage - SI 813 - 1973)
3 Guiliano Sorgini – Edna (The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue OST - 1974)
4 Keith Mansfield - Teenage Suspense (Beat Incidental - KPM – KPM 1043 - 1969)
5 Johnny Pearson – Fugitive (Visual Impact - KPM - KPM 1172 - 1976)
6 Delia Derbyshire & Brian Hodgson - The Legend of Hell House Track 10 (Unknown - 1973)
7 David Johnson – Moonbug (Sunseeker – Peer International - PIL 9015 - 1972)
8 Nino Nardini & Roger Roger – House of Echoes (Afro, Spooky - Rhythm, Percussion - Southern - MQLP-39 – 1972)
9 David Axelrod – House of Mirrors
10 Keith Cheshire & Pete Willsher - Old Dark House
11 The Electric Banana – The Dark Theme (Even More Electric Banana – Music De Wolfe - DW/LP 3123 - 1969)
12 Awake – Sospensivita (April Orchestra Vol 12 - RCA - ZL 39112 - 1977)
13 Michel Bernholc - Chevauchee Fantistique (Patchwork 20 Musique Dramatique – Patchwork - PW 20 – Unknown Year)
14 Paul Giovanin & Magnet - The Masks/The Hobby Horse (The Wicker Man OST)
15 Paul Piot et Son Orchestre - La Fugue Melancolique (Chappell Dance & Mood Music Vol. 16 – Chappell - DMM 316 – Unknown Year)
16 Hayden Wood - The House Beside The Mine (NEMS 56-4499 - 1970)
17 Goblin - Suspiria (Celesta And Bells) (Suspiria – OST - 1977)
18 Jack Trombey – Mask of Death (Dawn of the Dead: Unreleased Incidental Music – OST)
19 John Cacavas – End Title (Horror Express OST - 1972)
20 Frank Reidy & Eric Allen - For Whom The Bell Tolls (Forest of Evil Part 2 - Music De Wolfe - DWS/LP 3469 - 1981]
21 Pierre Arvay – All Day Long (Metal Sunrise - Music De Wolfe - DW/LP 3319 - 1975]