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- DW22 / 180g coloured vinyl Original Score LP on Death Waltz in bespoke tip-on sleeve inc. fold out poster and 10 x 12 booklet
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8/10 Mike Staff review, 01 May 2014
Good ol' Death Waltz are at it again this week, and they've got their hands on a real cult classic from '82, 'The Slumber Party Massacre', a drillsploitation-cum-feminist-satire shocker about a dorm full of girls and a scary man in double denim. Directed by Amy Holden Jones on a shoestring budget furnished by a certain Roger Corman, the director's own brother was drafted in to provide a score, picking up a Casio MT-30 from his local Macy's in order to do so.
Apart from a couple of wine glasses and a cymbal, this synth is the only instrument used throughout the score, but the limitations often work out to Jones's advantage. There's an icy minimal tension to lots of the pieces, with simple John Carpenter-esque melodies, thin, cold drones, and strange alien throbs rendering vivid, uncluttered atmospheres which really capture that late '70s/early '80s analogue feel. It's an interesting soundtrack, and illustrates that you don't need a studio full of state-of-the-art equipment to make something effective and enduring.
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