Boomkat Product Review:
The way Trunk keep on 'stumbling' over classic film soundtracks is beginning to make me suspicious, I have to say. Come on, what are the chances that records as good as this won't have been released before? I mean we're in the digital age now aren't we - everything's available? I have the feeling that Johnny Trunk, while he might exhibit the outward characteristics of a mere human is actually a time-traveling alien using his ungodly abilities to hide the spools of tape from interested parties and reclaiming it now in the tense post-millennial slump amassing legions of fans in the process. It makes sense when you think about it really, and would explain the rather unbelievable 'porn star for a sister' back story too... I think I should probably enroll as a blade runner come to think of it, I'm good at spotting these types. Still, alien intelligence or not this latest album to be unleashed from Trunk's evil clutches is quite a marvel - the original soundtrack to blood 'n boobs classic 'Blood on Satan's Claw' composed by Marc Wilkinson. The film itself, a companion piece to the better known 'Witchfinder General' is something of a classic in the genre and typical of the British horror industry of the time containing enough occult references and gratuitous soft-core nudity to keep us all mighty happy - Tim Burton even quotes it as a reference for his own 'Sleepy Hollow'. However the score is another kettle of tadpoles, and surprisingly (unlike many of Wilkinson's other scores) has never before been released. Interestingly too is the fact that in producing the soundtrack Wilkinson experimented with the Ondes Martenot, one of the world's earliest electronic instruments and the Cymbalom, a hammered instrument similar to the dulcimer and often found used in traditional Hungarian music. The addition of these peculiar (and not often heard instruments) gives the score a slant and a mystery which sets it apart from so many others - true as a whole there are many similarities with other orchestral soundtracks of the era, but it sounds just slightly wonky in all the right ways. This mood, prevalent throughout the record, effortlessly captures the themes of the film and fits in with the ideas of devil worship and misjudged ritualism without resorting to cheesy overwrought cliché. Another winner for the Trunk label then, and a must for all you horror soundtrack collectors out there (come on, I know you're out there...) - a highly recommended purchase!