Friday, August 15, 2008

II MOSTRO DELL'OPERA - Aldo Piga - "L'amore Mostro" (1964)

Composer Aldo Piga's work is so consistently amazing cool, that it's scarier than some of the films he composed for!

We've written about Maestro Piga before for his awesome work on "The Vampire And The Ballerina" and "Terror Creatures From The Grave", and that's only the tip of the veritable cocktail ice cube, so if you missed it the first time, go back through the archives for a real treat! His work on this very obscure film "Il Mostro dell'opera" is wild, and goes from the sinister laffing song thru some roaring 20's styling sounds right into some of the most down and dirty big band imaginable until the director say "No, No, No!!!" But, No, it doesn't stop there, instead it heads off right into the upper reaches of the stratosphere and one of the craziest sounding swingin' thriller jazz scores you've ever heard, that will lock your skull into overdrive only moments before Mr. Mostro gets fried, but don't worry, it's okay, he deserves it!!

These are the girls that he terrorizes!!

Sorrowly, to our knowledge, this film was never released in English, severly hampering it's chance of any widespread distribution!

So you've got all this great music, and then, the phantom/mostro dude takes all the girls down into the basement and shackles them to the wall, and then,......He Gets Out The Big Pitchfork!!!! I don't know, maybe that was part of the distribution problemo too!

Loosely based on Gaston Leroux's "Phantom," a story that everybody knows by now, this obscure movie is very hard to find a good copy of, so the pictures here aren't that great, but the sound makes up for it!!! 6 minutes and 16 seconds of sheer joy! Dig in cats!

When Aldo Piga passed away way back in 1994, Italy and the world lost a major talent! Hopefully we can help keep his memory alive!!


Greg Goodsell said...

This looks intriguing!

Ormon Grimsby said...

I have got to find this film and many others on your blog.
Great STuff.
Ormon Grimsby

Phantom Reviewer said...

Ahhh I really want to see this film, can anyone point me in the right direction?

Christian said...

thank you for keeping my dad's memory alive,
Christian Piga

Christian said...

Thank you for keeping my dad's memory alive
Christian Piga

Eegah!! and Tabonga! said...

Hey Christian, your Dad was a musical genius, and deserves to be in some kind of Hall of Fame! This blog can sometimes be a lot of work, but comments like yours, and other family members we've heard from, make it all worthwhile! Thank-You!!

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