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Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Il Rosso Segno Della Follia
Music by Sante Maria Romitelli
Digitmovies CDDM107 (Italy)
29 Tracks 61:53 mins

This latest Digitmovies release of music from the films of Mario Bava features Sante Maria Romitelli's music for 1969's Il Rosso Segno della Follia (otherwise known as Hatchet for the Honeymoon.
The score was previously issued in 1999, in stereo sound, coupled with a score by Roberto Nicolosi. This new deluxe edition makes use of the original mono master tapes, adding them to the original stereo album tracks, to present the complete score for the first time. The album tracks are represented by the first 16 tracks on the disc, with 12 previously unreleased tracks following, and a bonus mono mix of the go-go number "Hatchet Shake,"
The stereo tracks open with a sumptuous grand waltz "Il Casa Di Mode, " a piece which receives several variations throughout the subsequent score. This is immediately followed by a good example of the darker material composed for the film, "La Luna Di Miele, "which combines melody with dissonance. A good many tracks are of this nature, mixing suspense with out and out menace, but often with melodic material surfacing at some point, including the waltz theme.
"Scavare Nella Memoria..." is an interesting track, combining harsh electric guitars, with the kind of "hallucinated atmosphere" associated with Barry Gray in the likes of UFO, as pointed out in the booklet notes.
A nice, pop-styled,strings-lead romantic theme crops up in "Il Party" and "Ancora Un'Altra Vettima," with its harpsichord and guitar is an intimate, melancholy affair; with the stereo tracks concluding in similar fashion with "Un'Accetta Per la Luna Di Miele."
The mono tracks that follow are largely in the dissonant, suspenseful and menacing vein previously displayed, some of them quite experimental, often utilising electronics, as well as more of the harsh electric guitar work, but there are still moments of melodic beauty to be found here and there.
As always, the accompanying booklet, with notes by Claudio Fuiano, Tim Lucas and the film's star Stephen Forsyth, presents plenty of stills and original poster artwork. Visit


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