Boomkat Product Review:
This is a special one! It's taken over three decades, but Fuzzbee Morse has managed to dig out the long lost 'Ghoulies II' soundtrack from the archives, restoring it to glory for the first time. It's VHS-era gold too, one for fans of Richard Band, Fabio Frizzi or even Frank Zappa.
WRWTFWW Records released Richard Band's original 'Ghoulies' soundtrack back in 2020, but the prospect of a 'Ghoulies II' OST release has always been precarious. Morse's original recordings have been lost for years; when the film was released in 1988, horror soundtracks, let alone 39-track ones, were not exactly a commercial proposition. But he persevered and eventually tracked down the master tapes, and this special limited-edition release is the first time these compositions have ever been assembled on record. The only trace of the soundtrack until now has been W.A.S.P.'s campy 'Scream Until You Like It', the movie's de-facto theme.
Anyone who's got a soft spot for the film - a corny VHS horror cult fave that's mostly unrelated to to the first installment - will no doubt dive on this one. Multi-instrumentalist Morse has played with a shocking number of artists in his career, everyone from Daniel Lanois and Frank Zappa to Harry Dean Stanton and Robert Wyatt, but he cut his teeth making cheap, eccentric soundtracks for Charles Band movies. His first was 'Dolls', another cult favorite, and his treatment for 'Ghoulies II' might be even better - it's certainly more expansive.
Over 39 cues, Morse flexes his musical knowledge, capturing the essence of the fairground where the movie is set and folding in the influence of Bernard Hermann, Jean-Michel Jarre and, of course, Richard Band. The most arresting moments come when Morse is able to experiment freely, unraveling doomy sustained tones on 'Sex Critters' and creating a pitch-fucked, baroque nightmare on 'Mazel Tov, Molotov'. Horror fans, you know what to do.