Dracula Meets Frankenstein on Record Store Day
May 20, 2020
Silva Screen Announces Dracula + The Curse of Frankenstein Vinyl for Record Store Day 2020
Tadlow Music’s 2019 re-recording by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra of James Bernard’s celebrated horror scores for DRACULA (aka HORROR OF DRACULA in the US) and THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, initially released on CD last year, are heading to horrific blood red & cursed green colored vinyl on Record Store Day, June 20, 2020 (postponed from April 18, 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic) via Silva Screen.
Hammer Films has long held a special place in the hearts of horror fans, defining the British genre during the 1950’s with classics such as DRACULA and THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN. Composer James Bernard scored both and went on to compose the music to a host of horror films for Hammer during the Sixties and Seventies. His distinctive clashing harmonies, often doubling the musical theme a tone higher, raise the on-screen action to a frenzied pitch, terrifying 20th Century cinema goers to the degree that his scores have become synonymous with the titular monsters.
For details, see silvascreen
Related: Read the sidebar to my review of the original Tadlow release which includes composer/orchestrator Leigh Phillips’ notes on reconstructing the two scores, in the November 2019 Soundtrax column.