If you have a passing knowledge about 70’s/80’s horror films, you have surely heard of the band Goblin. They composed soundtracks (under a few different line-ups) for Dario Argento’s films Profondo Rosso (Deep Red), Phenomena, and perhaps most famously the original Suspiria. They also recorded the score and soundtrack for the European version of George Romero’s classic film, (and in my opinion the best zombie film of all time) Dawn of The Dead. They went on to record several prog albums and do scores and soundtracks for many other films.
Composer Joseph Bishara has made a name for himself with 32 composer credits to his name on IMDB, most of those in the horror film genre. What made him a household name was his relationship with writer/director/producer James Wan. This lead to Bishara composing scores for hit horror films such as The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, Annabelle, Annabelle: Creation, and all four films in the Insidious franchise. Bishara can even be spotted in these films portraying various demons and ghosts (most notably the “lipstick-face demon” from the Insidious films).
Welcome witches and warlocks,
Today I will be reviewing the soundtrack for the feature documentary, FOOLISH MORTALS (2017), by Sideshow Sound Theater.
Allow me to set aside the soundtrack a moment to provide a bit of background. For those who do not know, FOOLISH MORTALS is a documentary about the fan culture that has sprung up around the Disney attraction The Haunted Mansion. People in this community have become famous for collecting memorabilia, making costumes based on the characters, or building recreations of their favorite scenes in their own house. In a way this is a sort of, "Inspired by" fan base that this documentary seeks to examine.
Last year I had the opportunity to see the musical collaboration between Terrance Zdunich (Repo! The Genetic Opera) and Saar Hendelman (The Devil's Carnival franchise) in their performance of AMERICAN MURDER SONG, a collection of murder ballads set in America during 1816. The duo traveled throughout America putting on live performances that incorporated original songs along with music videos, narrations, stop-motion animation and more. Now, a year later, Zdunich and Hendelman have returned with a new album, THE DONNER PARTY, and tour announcement, THE DONNER PARTY REUNION TOUR.