Mel Lewis' luridly inventive soundtrack to the retro horror film Frankenstein vs. the Creature from Blood Cove is a parodic but loving tribute to the classic Universal movies of the 1930s and monster flicks of the 1950s, full of scary sonorities and brooding mood music that will seem familiar to most fans of the genre. From the opening organ solo on a theme borrowed from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake to the recapitulation of this garishly arranged music for the End Credits, Lewis explores many of the horror film's distinctive sounds and cheesy effects, including the use of the spooky theremin, ethereal synthesizers, dissonant organ chords, alienating electronics, edgy orchestral backgrounds, and nervous harpsichord solos, all calculated to create a demented and disoriented atmosphere for the campy black-and-white film by independent director William Winckler. This tongue-in-cheek appreciation of the horror genre has some interludes of '60s-style lounge instrumentals and '70s urban rock that stand out as mildly humorous and are decidedly not chilling; however, most of this album creates a wonderfully creepy ambience, and anyone who needs effective music for a Halloween party will find it here. Lakeshore's audio is quite clear and clean, but also intensely loud in spots, so be prepared for some hair-raising sounds if some unseen hand has set the volume too high.
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AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson
|Frankenstein vs. the Creature from Blood Cove, film score|