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 Posted:   Jan 25, 2013 - 8:00 PM   
 By:   Mike Esssss   (Member)



What a score!

Despite being a Lewis fan, I missed the boat on this when it was first announced by LLL and only came around to the stunning samples when it went up for sale before the end of the year.

The gothic tendrils of the main theme have me completely transfixed, but the real stunner here is Lewis's uncanny ability to shift between styles and tones without losing sight of the whole. This is unapologetically decadent music that should come with a spoon. Highly, highly recommended if copies are still around.

 
 Posted:   Jan 25, 2013 - 8:32 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Fine score. Just a pity more people don't support these kind of titles when they are originally released, so sales encourage the labels to give us more from the same composer. As it is, if an opportunity to do more Lewis comes along, they'll look back at this excellent CD and remember they had to almost give them away to shift them.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 25, 2013 - 9:31 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

MICHAEL J LEWIS never failed to deliver a good score. He didn't become famous like some guys in his profession did, but that does not take anything away from the talent he had, indeed he was a fine film composer.Always delivering fine scores with memorable melodies, this film is no exception. The main theme is as pretty as a melody can be. Too bad somebody does not put together a compilation of Lewis's great themes. He did them as good as anyone.

 
 Posted:   Jan 25, 2013 - 10:19 PM   
 By:   Zoragoth   (Member)

MICHAEL J LEWIS never failed to deliver a good score. He didn't become famous like some guys in his profession did, but that does not take anything away from the talent he had, indeed he was a fine film composer.Always delivering fine scores with memorable melodies, this film is no exception. The main theme is as pretty as a melody can be. Too bad somebody does not put together a compilation of Lewis's great themes. He did them as good as anyone.

I have greatly enjoyed this great Composer Promo of his themes which is still available at SAE.

http://www.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/2860/FILM-MUSIC-1969-1994-MICHAEL-J-LEWIS-PROMO/

They have many other Lewis promos as well. That said, hats of to LLL for releasing THEATER OF BLOOD.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 25, 2013 - 11:42 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

I saw the film for the first time in 2011, and in February 2012 bought the score when I realized it was available. To be honest, I didn't really remember much beyond on a few parts, but I had some extra money and decided to get it on a whim. (Something I very, very rarely do.) I'm glad I did, because I absolutely loved it. You'd never guess it was a horror film based on some of the music, which is sometimes actually beautiful despite the fact it's underscoring something grisly. (I'm thinking of the track "Cymbeline" in particular here.)

I'm otherwise unfamiliar with Lewis's work, but this is a wonderful score, and I'm glad I got it since it's now unavailable.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2013 - 1:09 AM   
 By:   crogrr   (Member)

MJL is indeed amazing. He issued a lot of Promos. If you can get it I would recommend Madwoman of Chaillot - there was a WB LP in 1960's and a 58min Promo CD later. Another beautiful theme with a 7 minute "Main Title" and expansive End Title.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2013 - 5:29 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Oh yes, I love THEATRE OF BLOOD (the film and the score). The music in itself is fine enough, but when heard in context it takes on a whole new dimension. The beautiful Main Theme has an added sense of tragedy and sorrow to it when heard against the wonderful title sequence of clips from Shakespearean silent movies.

I remember Michael J. Lewis interviewed for the radio show Star Sound donkey's years ago (mid-'70s probably), and he said that he didn't generally like scoring "horror" films, but when he saw THEATRE OF BLOOD it was, in his own words "an absolute gas"! He went on to say how he wanted to make the grisly yet comical scene where Vincent Price surgically removes Arthur Lowe's head ironically "romantic", and so he decided to score it "in the style of DR KILDARE".

The whole score is full of wonderful moments like that, but in this case I would strongly recommend seeing the film too. When I hear the swashbuckling music for the fencing match (might be "Fugato" on the CD, but I'm not certain), I can't help but see Vincent Price and Ian Hendry (well, their stunt doubles) bouncing around on those trampolines!

Great film, great music - tragic, touching, and genuinely witty.

 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2013 - 6:01 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

Wonderful score, in that "Sinister Fun" baroque style I so love. big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2013 - 6:42 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Something else I've just thought of... I said before that in this case I would recommend seeing the film. Apart from the reasons I mentioned, I'll highlight the aforementioned "Arthur Lowe getting his head cut off" scene, which is drenched in soapy Doctor Kildare suds. With the on-screen visuals you can see that the music is a witty pastiche, but if you didn't know what it was meant to accompany, you might think that it's far too saccharine - which is, incidentally, my only real trouble with the music of Michael J. Lewis when he's writing "genuine" Love Themes!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 27, 2013 - 4:30 AM   
 By:   Ken G   (Member)

Ordered this CD earlier today and then found the full movie on youtube.
Thoroughly enjoyed the music and the film. Looking forward to receiving the CD...

 
 Posted:   Jan 27, 2013 - 10:14 AM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

Many thanks too you guys I also had missed this release myself the main theme is fantastic have found a copy on Ebay. wink

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2013 - 7:56 AM   
 By:   Ryan Clark   (Member)

This is one of my absolute favorite scores - it's gorgeous! I'm glad I ordered this CD when I did, now that it's out of print!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2013 - 8:02 AM   
 By:   lupoprezzo   (Member)

This is one of my absolute favorite scores - it's gorgeous!

It is! I'm surprised the 1200 weren't sold out earlier.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2013 - 8:21 AM   
 By:   Christopher Kinsinger   (Member)

I've loved this film, and its wonderful score since 1973, when I first experienced it in the theatre.
As soon as I could, I grabbed Lewis's Film Music compilation CD set to get that music.
Finding the film on DVD was another matter. After searching, I happened to see a copy in the $5 bin at WalMart a few months ago, and have enjoyed rediscovering this minor classic.

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2013 - 9:00 AM   
 By:   bdm   (Member)

Loved this movie since I saw it on TV late one night years and years ago. Great score too!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2013 - 3:35 AM   
 By:   Ken G   (Member)

If anyone is still looking to pick this up, I can recommend the seller on amazon.com (Lee Music) who has "used" copies for $8.95. They're not actually "used" as such - they're still sealed, but with the barcode punched...

Listening now and loving it!


 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2013 - 5:36 AM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

Was out in my work van this morning listening to this score the main theme and its variations are superb

$8.95 sounds like a great offer well spotted Ken

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2013 - 5:56 AM   
 By:   Ken G   (Member)

Was out in my work van this morning listening to this score the main theme and its variations are superb

$8.95 sounds like a great offer well spotted Ken


Not as good as La La Land themselves when they were off-loading them for $4.99 (or was it $2.99?) a few weeks back! You really can't hesitate when those offers come up, can you?

Anyway, some wonderful sounds in "Theater of Blood" - looking forward to it revealing itself with repeated listens.

 
 
 Posted:   May 15, 2019 - 10:43 AM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

I remember Michael J. Lewis interviewed for the radio show Star Sound donkey's years ago (mid-'70s probably), and he said that he didn't generally like scoring "horror" films, but when he saw THEATRE OF BLOOD it was, in his own words "an absolute gas"!

Here's a snippet, Graham, from an interview with that Hammer-hatin' M.J. Lewis:

"In the arrogance of my early days I had initially turned down the film – can you believe it? It had been pitched as a horror flick, which honestly did not appeal to me – it reeked of Hammer Films (Britain’s leading horror factory of the time out at Elstree.) However, the producers were persistent, resolute, unwavering. The second time, they pitched the film as a black comedy based on Shakespeare. I went, I saw and was conquered. I am so grateful to John, Stanley and Douglas who taught me to ‘fear no more the heat of the sun’ and in doing so gave me one of the most enjoyable, and creative experiences of my entire career. Originally titled ‘Much Ado about Murder,’ Theatre of Blood is still ‘Alive in Triumph.’ Thanks guys. ‘Thou, thy worldly task hath done.’ ‘To thine own self be true.’"

 
 Posted:   May 17, 2019 - 1:07 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

I haven't been over on this side of the board for at least five years! Otherwise I would have known about this and got it. Love the film and the score.

Maybe time for a catch up.

 
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