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The Return of Dracula/I Bury the Living/The Cabinet of Caligari/Mark of the Vampire

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The Return of Dracula/I Bury the Living/The Cabinet of Caligari/Mark of the Vampire Review

by Wade Kergan

Some of composer Gerald Fried's earliest scores get collected on this double-CD B-movie caravan: The Return of Dracula (1958), I Bury the Living (1958), The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1962), and The Mark of Dracula (1957). A few bonus tracks are included as well, two stock radio source music clips (music heard when someone in the film turns on a radio or goes to a club) and male and female vocal versions of the Caligari theme, "The Sounds of the Night," with lyrics by none other than Johnny Mercer. This set will of course appeal to '50s B-movie fans, but considering Fried's history during this period -- he had just previously scored Stanley Kubrick's The Killing -- it's sure to interest other music fans as well, especially the tense small ensemble work in Return of Dracula.

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