Tomorrow, on the Monday, February 29th edition of “The Freak Power Ticket,” producer/host Ted Coe will be sharing deep cuts from the original motion-picture soundtrack that helped define George A. Romero’s 1978 “zombie apocalypse” film Dawn of the Dead as the all-too-rare “low-budget horror epic.”
The American and Italian joint international production brought together two maestros of 1960s and 1970s horror, the Cuban- and Lithuanian-American writer/director and editor Romero and the Italian movie icon Dario Argento (Deep Red), who guided the film behind the scenes, advising its screenwriting process while also helping to assemble its musical and production teams.
The numerous locations of this independent cinematic classic included many scenes throughout urban, rural, and suburban Pennsylvania, but were only part of what gave it the scale that defines Dawn of the Dead as a film epic. Argento also integrated his Italian house band Goblin into the sonic mix, while Romero poured over library cues that he used to supplement the aural textures of the ambitious motion picture.
On the next edition of “The Freak Power Ticket,” Coe will share two segments of an interview he recently conducted with actor John Amplas (Martin and Day of the Dead), who had a small role in Dawn of the Dead and also served as the film’s casting director. The hourlong program will be fleshed out by trailers, audio samples, music from Goblin’s original score, rare library music, covers, remixes, and commentary.
“The Freak Power Ticket”’s latest exploration of this horror movie masterpiece will take up more than one broadcast and will eventually also revisit a 2008 KCSB interview with none-other than George A. Romero himself.
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