Sunday, September 25, 2011

Regional Horror Hit Parade: Track 1

Among the many unexpected charms to be found in regional horror films, the most surprising may be the wide variety of sublime and ridiculous musical interludes. To kick off our tribute to the fine art of the regional horror soundtrack, I give you Pete Yellen's title track for Buddy Cooper's North Carolina slasher film The Mutilator (1985), which originally bore the title "Fall Break". Performed by Yellen's group The Breakers, the song was composed by Michael Minard along with Artie Resnick, a tunesmith who had earlier co-written the Drifter's hit "Under the Boardwalk." It was released a 45 rpm single.

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