Cannibal Holocaust, Eli Roth, & Riz O

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This iconic scene from the movie, Cannibal Holocaust (1979) was so troubling to Italian authorities, the director, Ruggero Deodato was forced to prove the images were fictitious in court and explain to law enforcement that he hadn’t actually killed anyone.

I’m not reviewing Cannibal Holocaust (1979). That’s been done to death and also I just don’t feel like referencing the faux outrage and calls for censorship of Eli Roth’s upcoming remake, Green Inferno (2015). My review today is about the soundtrack from Ruggero Deodato’s Cannibal Holocaust (1979) composed by the great Riz Ortolani.

But since I’m on the topic of Eli Roth’s new movie, here’s what I’ll say about it for now. When I see it, I’ll compare it against Deodato’s version and write up a gratuitous review for your enjoyment. Trailer below:

Do I think Eli Roth’s movie should be banned? Do I think a movie about white, social justice warriors getting brutally massacred by brown people is offensive? Ha. What do you think? More often in horror movies, brown and black characters are slaughtered without dignity for white entertainment. Our bodies are still first to be jeopardized onscreen and off…so am I supposed to wave torches and pitchforks over fictionalized, reversed-racial horror? You’ll find out when I watch Green Inferno.

But I digress. Let’s listen to the maestro, shall we?

What made Cannibal Holocaust so great was the off-kilter soundtrack. I use “off-kilter” ironically, because in truth, there is nothing off-kilter about it. It’s fucking beautiful. I adore horror movies with a full orchestral score and my absolute favorite composer for that sort of thing is Bernard Herrmann. However Riz Ortalani’s score is a must for any horror movie buff, too. Not only is the soundtrack beautiful, but when combined with scenes from the movie, the result is a strange, horrifying cognitive dissonance. Modern horror filmmakers alert audiences to the horror with music that is meant to frighten us. But Riz doesn’t do that, here. Instead, he uses sweeping violins, folksy guitar, and funkadelic pops of the synthesizer. By listening to the soundtrack alone, you would never know it accompanied such a gory, controversial movie.

There are 10 tracks in all but my favorites are Adultress’s Punishment (the infamous impaling scene) and Savage Rite. If you write horror, I strongly recommend you try listening to the Cannibal Holocaust soundtrack to get you in the right mood.

Have you watched Cannibal Holocaust? Green Inferno will come out September 25, 2015. Place your bets which one will be better. Whadduya think, fam? Should we all be outraged?

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Emilie Autumn Fights Like A Girl!

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Emilie Autumn is a classically trained violinist and a bipolar, vegan, and feminist rockstar. She writes goth music with a Victorian edge. She an original tour de force and her songs burst with self-righteous fervor. It’s scream-o on menses. Classic goth girl punk.  I have 2 full albums of hers: Opheliac and Laced/Unlaced. I also have a few singles floating around my iTunes: “Fight Like A Girl” and “Across The Sky,” however my favorite songs are still “Opheliac,” “Gothic Lolita,”Thank God I’m Pretty,” and um…yeah. I can’t pick a favorite song since nearly every song on the first disc of Opheliac is my favorite. Whenever I listen to Emilie Autumn, my boyfriend pokes his head in my room and begs me to turn down the “screeching.” Haha.

Her vocals are harsh, sharp, and piercing at times. But what draws me to back to her albums are the lyrics. I dig the angst. What can I say? I’m still a reformed goth girl at heart and Emilie Autumn calms the raging, whiny teen in me.

“Gothic Lolita” lyrics (I don’t own anything!)

If I am Lolita then you are a criminal,
and you should be killed by an army of little girls
The law won’t arrest you, the world won’t detest you
you never did anything any man wouldn’t do!

I’m Gothic Lolita and you are a criminal!
I’m not even legal, I’m just a dead little girl!
But ruffles and laces, and candy sweet faces,
directed your furtive hand

I perfectly understand, so it’s my fault

Nooooooo!

Read more: Emilie Autumn – Gothic Lolita Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Emilie Autumn’s life story is kinda amazing. She is a rape-suicide survivor and once did a stint in an insane asylum. She’s an animal rights activist, political LGBTQIA ally, and looks fierce in tight pink corsets. She wears a heart on her cheek to chase away bad juju. She’s an inspiration. It is my life’s mission to see this woman in concert. If any of you minions score some tickets, please send them over. I will love you forever and ever?

I guess it’s more than the music. I like seeing women kick ass. And that’s something Emilie Autumn certainly excels at. 🙂