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 Posted:   May 13, 2020 - 2:42 PM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

I recently watched The Blood on Satan's Claw (1971), and enjoyed the film, and was even more impressed by the excellent score. It has a wonderful lyrical quality to it that has been stuck in my head for days.

The film itself is in keeping with Witchfinder General or The Wicker Man, so if you like those you might like this. I feel like it might have influenced The Witch in some way, too.

The musical theme is used in various ways in the film, and it really works for the mystery and creeping horror aspects; it pops up often in various ways, but is always welcome.

I've been listening to it on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lqZ9btdf24&t=12s

I've never heard of Marc Wilkinson, and will be looking to see what other music he produced.

The film is worth a watch, surprisingly grim in places, but don't watch the trailer, as it gives away a lot:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeeN7qDQtUc

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2020 - 2:59 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Discussed a few days ago ... on the other side ... both film and score (if with perhaps too much emphasis on the lovely Linda Hayden!)

Ah: I now see it was you who had reviewed the film ... silly me!

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2020 - 3:32 PM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

Yes it's a good score. I play the CD fairly frequently.

I dare say that CD must be out of print by now.

Cheers

 
 
 Posted:   May 13, 2020 - 5:29 PM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

Discussed a few days ago ... on the other side ... both film and score (if with perhaps too much emphasis on the lovely Linda Hayden!)

Ah: I now see it was you who had reviewed the film ... silly me!


Oh, yah, i just could not get the music out of my head.

 
 
 Posted:   May 13, 2020 - 5:30 PM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

Yes it's a good score. I play the CD fairly frequently.

I dare say that CD must be out of print by now.

Cheers


I will definitely listen to it a lot in future (on YouTube). The CD is probably a fortune, second-hand somewhere. If it ever got re-released I'd buy it for sure.

 
 
 Posted:   May 13, 2020 - 5:47 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

Yes it's a good score. I play the CD fairly frequently.

I dare say that CD must be out of print by now.

Cheers


I will definitely listen to it a lot in future (on YouTube). The CD is probably a fortune, second-hand somewhere. If it ever got re-released I'd buy it for sure.


@ Mr. Xebec: The CD is a bit pricey, but you can do as I did and bargain with a seller and obtain a copy for a reasonable sum. Good luck. smile

https://www.discogs.com/fr/sell/release/1115731?ev=rb

 
 
 Posted:   May 13, 2020 - 6:28 PM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)



@ Mr. Xebec: The CD is a bit pricey, but you can do as I did and bargain with a seller and obtain a copy for a reasonable sum. Good luck. smile

https://www.discogs.com/fr/sell/release/1115731?ev=rb


Cheers, A&C. It's still a bit too pricey for me the way things are currently at, but the lower prices aren't as bad as i thought they might be, actually. Tempting, though. Maybe too tempting.

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2020 - 6:54 PM   
 By:   Mose Harper   (Member)

A soundtrack CD was packaged in with the US Blu ray release of the film last November from Severin. It was only available for a short window (I think a week or so IIRC).

 
 
 Posted:   May 13, 2020 - 8:42 PM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

Ah, I wish I had known about the film then. I would have bought that release. I'm definitely late in discovering this film and score.

 
 
 Posted:   May 14, 2020 - 9:28 AM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)


I've never heard of Marc Wilkinson, and will be looking to see what other music he produced.


Marc Wilkinson wrote incidental music for 5 segments of Tales of the Unexpected, by the way.
He didn't score anywhere near the quantity of his colleagues' output [around 15 feature films between 1968 and 1983] but I place Wilkinson somewhat close to my favourite Brits like Richard Rodney Bennett or Stanley Myers.

 
 
 Posted:   May 14, 2020 - 10:00 AM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)


I've never heard of Marc Wilkinson, and will be looking to see what other music he produced.


Marc Wilkinson wrote incidental music for 5 segments of Tales of the Unexpected, by the way.
He didn't score anywhere near the quantity of his colleagues' output [around 15 feature films between 1968 and 1983] but I place Wilkinson somewhat close to my favourite Brits like Richard Rodney Bennett or Stanley Myers.


I wish he'd have done more, based on the amount i've been listening to this score. Pretty much non-stop since i saw the film (making room to listen to the Succession TV series score too). I'll have to find some of his other films. I'm sure they'll be unlike this, but i'd be interested to hear what he came up with.

 
 
 Posted:   May 14, 2020 - 10:13 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

You can all say what you like but the guy's best score was for the 1979 British Euston Films production of Quatermass starring John Mills. Sadly the best I can do is link the closing theme to the final part of the four part serial.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLx9iTidefc

We really need to see this music on screen from the moment he sees his granddaughter, who he's been searching for. This climatic scene is for me the most heartrendingly scored sequence in any science fiction production. Yes, it's done in slo-mo but it works perfectly. I'd kill for a soundtrack cd.

It then reprises as the piece above over the closing titles.


https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078129/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quatermass_(TV_serial)

Oh, and by a strange coincidence it was also directed by Piers Haggard....

 
 Posted:   May 14, 2020 - 12:25 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Quatermass with john mills is on talking pictures tuesday at 9pm.

 
 
 Posted:   May 14, 2020 - 12:56 PM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

I likde that Quatermass bit you lined to there, Paul.

 
 
 Posted:   May 14, 2020 - 10:08 PM   
 By:   Stovepipe46   (Member)

He also wrote a terrific score to "Royal Hunt of the Sun" in 1969 a film despite its epic qualifications ( Producer/ writer Philip Yordan, Dir. Irving Lerner and stars Robert Shaw, Christopher Plummer and Nigel Davenport, from the play by Peter Schaeffer) failed to generate much interest at the box office and consequently no soundtrack was ever forthcoming. A pity because I thought the film and the score were very good. It also appears to have never been shown on television.


 
 
 Posted:   May 15, 2020 - 2:11 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

He also wrote a terrific score to "Royal Hunt of the Sun" in 1969 a film despite its epic qualifications ( Producer/ writer Philip Yordan, Dir. Irving Lerner and stars Robert Shaw, Christopher Plummer and Nigel Davenport, from the play by Peter Schaeffer) failed to generate much interest at the box office and consequently no soundtrack was ever forthcoming. A pity because I thought the film and the score were very good. IT ALSO APPEARS TO NEVER HAVE BEEN SHOWN ON TELEVISION.

Hello Stovepipe. I detect that you may reside somewhere in the United Kingdom and that you were in a hurry the morning that you wrote the above post, evidenced by two things - two socks of different colours, and your inability to recall the following showings of THE ROYAL HUNT OF THE SUN on television -

Tuesday August 31, 1976 (BBC2)
Sunday November 19, 1978 (BBC1)
Sunday June 30, 1985 (BBC2)

Surely we Brits here are all old enough to remember all three showings, and taping Marc Wilkinson's interesting score "direct from the telly onto cassette", live from our mothers' basement at the age of 36. And it is an interesting score. It's not really an "epic" score because it's not an epic film. It's more fitting for a theatre representation. Did Wilkinson do the score for Shaffer's play when performed down the Old Vic? I remember reading "in a book" that he had done a lot of music for theatre. I would consult the computer, but that would be cheating.

I am in two minds about his score for (THE) BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW. It's appropriately haunting and original, but I'm not sure it would really stand up as a full album. Of course I don't KNOW if that's the case, because I haven't heard it, and indeed "had forgotten" (ie "didn't know") that it had been released. Wait - Did Johnny Trunk release it? The Mr Trunk behind all those wonderful Basil Kirchin library LPs? Wasn't the Wilkinson released on LP only? I could check, but that would be cheating.

The film (THE) BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW - a slip of the keyboard and you get ((THE) BLOOD ON STAN'S CLAW - was very good but a bit silly towards the end when the devil appears (Piers Haggard hopping about in a cloak). I do remember being particularly impressed by Linda Hayden. She was only seventeen at the time, I was a mere boy of twelve and I was smitten. That's when I swore that, much against my grandfather's wishes, I would never become a priest. When I was clapperloader on the film we had a brief affair. She mentions it in her autobiography, about how she was devastated when I chucked her for being too old for me.

Piers Haggard later made a short film about the locations used in the film. Along with WITCHFINDER GENERAL it's one of the few films in which the English countryside becomes almost another character, integral to what's going on. Piers Haggard later became the grandson of H. Rider, him what wrote SHE.

All of this is from memory, so apologies if there are some factual errors.

 
 
 Posted:   May 15, 2020 - 3:01 AM   
 By:   Stovepipe46   (Member)

Bloody Hell! You've got some memory. But 3 showings in 40 years and probably only on a square screen ain't a lot is it? It's not like The Searchers on every bloody week somewhere.
As for the dates well the only one I can recall is November 19 1978 which was the day my son was born, so I was probably a bit busy that day.

 
 Posted:   May 15, 2020 - 8:25 AM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

Piers Haggard later became the grandson of H. Rider, him what wrote SHE.

Correct me if I'm wrong but wouldn't he have been his grandson as soon as he was born?

 
 
 Posted:   May 15, 2020 - 8:43 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

Piers Haggard later became the grandson of H. Rider, him what wrote SHE.

Correct me if I'm wrong but wouldn't he have been his grandson as soon as he was born?


Okay wiseguy, let's see if you can find any more inconsistencies in that looong treacle trudge of a post. I almost gave up before I finished writing it.

 
 Posted:   May 15, 2020 - 8:48 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

...Okay wiseguy, let's see if you can find any more inconsistencies in that looong treacle trudge of a post. I almost gave up before I finished writing it.

If only ...
P.S. it was good to see you last Friday ... the Spanish climate obviously suits you smile

 
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