70’s Italian Horror and Giallo Soundtrack Set PAURA To Be Released in October

If you’re a fan of giallo films and the sounds of the mystery slashers from the 70’s and 80’s, you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for the release of the soundtrack set of PAURA this October.

PAURA explores the eclectic horror repertoire from the precious CAM Sugar archive for a hypnotic, sonic journey into a labyrinth of fear. The compilation, which features 11 previously unreleased tracks, delves into the many faces of Italian horror cinema and their soundtracks, ranging from the esoteric and supernatural features of the 1970s to the slasher and splatter films of the 1980s.

This spine-tingling collection includes some of the most creative, unsettling, moving and suspense-filled compositions ever written for horror films. Offering insight into the horror gems of well-known composers like Ennio Morricone, Riz Ortolani and Stelvio Cipriani, whilst shedding light on long-forgotten personalities who represented the backbone of Italian cinema such as Daniele Patucchi, Marcello Giombini and Berto Pisano, alongside exceptional guests of the calibre of Edda Dell’Orso, vocalist of Ennio Morricone, and Goblin, the prog outfit renowned for their collaboration with Dario Argento.

The compilation balances the charming and melancholic orchestral crescendos from Bruno Nicolai’s ‘La Dama Rossa Uccide Sette Volte’, Berto Pisano’s ‘Greta – Seconda Versione’ with the tense, softcore highlights of Ennio Morricone’s ‘Ansimando’, Bruno Nicolai’s ‘La Notte Che Evelyn Uscì Dalla Tomba’ and the frenzy of thrilling synthesizers and harpsichords heard in Daniele Patucchi’s ‘Giallo in Tensione’, Paolo Gatti and Alfonso Zenga’s ‘Cerro Torre’, Stelvio Cipriani’s ‘Devil Dance’. Full tracklisting below.

Also featured on the album, for the first time on vinyl, is Franco Micalizzi’s ‘Bargain with the Devil #3’, from ‘Chi Sei?’ soundtrack, whose theme was sampled by Hip Hop legend Pete Rock in Kali Uchis’ song ‘After the Storm’ featuring Tyler The Creator and Bootsy Collins. The song is one of the many from CAM’s archive to be sampled by acclaimed contemporary artists, including: James Blake (Bruno Nicolai), Drake (Marcello Giombini), Tei Shi and Blood Orange (Luigi Ceccarelli), showcasing the label’s catalogue as a continuous source of inspiration for beat makers and crate diggers.

PAURA is an insightful menu of horror delights rich in enigmatic vocals, childlike lullabies, romantic melodies, obsessive rhythms, haunting percussions, and threatening synthesizers, brought together as a succession of sequences as if it had been edited to score an original film. The compilation features exclusive artwork by Eric Adrian Lee touching upon the iconography of Italian Horror cinema.

PAURA is out on 6-panel CD digipak, standard black 2LP gatefold vinyl and red splattered 2LP gatefold vinyl via CAM Sugar / Decca Records on October 1st. Pre-order HERE.

 Followed, on 15th October, by a limited-edition deluxe tombstone boxset featuring red splattered 2LP vinyl, alternative artwork, poster, fanzine with original film posters and an exclusive red vinyl 45rpm featuring 2 bonus tracks: ‘L’Ossessa’ by Marcello Giombini and the previously unreleased ‘Le Facce della Morte’ by Daniele Patucchi. Pre-order HERE.

 The limited-edition tombstone deluxe album is limited to 2,000 copies. 1 to 500 will be available on the Italian market, with 501 to 2000 on the international market.


Between the late 1950s and the mid-1980s, made-in-Italy horror cinema fascinated the world long before becoming the main competitor of American cinema. Its influence on international culture has consolidated over time, turning some of its best directors, such as Riccardo Freda, Mario Bava or Aristide Massaccesi (aka Joe D’Amato) into true cult auteurs, who inspired several generations of American and European filmmakers: from Brian De Palma to Martin Scorsese, from Joe Dante to Eli Roth, from Tim Burton to Sam Raimi, from Pedro Almodóvar to John Carpenter, from Nicolas Winding Refn to Quentin Tarantino.

Like the films themselves, their soundtracks have been collected and venerated over the years by a cult fandom across the globe. The charm of these films and of their scores lies in their often artisanal approach, that despite relying on low budgets, bursted with an underground attitude and therefore with ground-breaking musical and cinematic innovations. The plots are wrapped in a dark spiral of esoteric scents, while the logic of the narrative succumbs, crushed by the disturbing violence of the visuals, surrendering to the direction, photography, and unique and extraordinary music of the films.

This is the true hallmark of Italian horror, one of most iconic and globally acclaimed genres in the history of cinema, eternal and imperturbable despite shifting trends and the passing of time.



* 6 previously unreleased tracks

° 3 tracks for the first time on vinyl

5 tracks issued commercially for the first time (originally released as limited promo items only)

  • A1      Ennio Morricone – Mio Caro Assassino from MIO CARO ASSASSINO (My Dear Killer) (1971)
  • A2      Bruno Nicolai feat. Edda Dell’Orso – La Notte che Evelyn Uscì dalla Tomba from LA NOTTE CHE EVELYN USCÌ DALLA TOMBA (The Night Evelyn Came Out Of The Grave) (1971)
  • A3      Bruno Nicolai – La Dama Rossa Uccide Sette Volte (Edit) from LA DAMA ROSSA UCCIDE SETTE VOLTE (The Red Queen Kills Seven Times) (1972)
  • A4      Stelvio Cipriani – Tribal Shake from REAZIONE A CATENA (A Bay Of Blood) (1971)
  • A5      Stelvio Cipriani – Il Sesso del Diavolo (Finale) from IL SESSO DEL DIAVOLO (Sex Of The Devil) (1971)  °
  • A6      Stelvio Cipriani – Deviation from DEVIATION (1971)


  • B1       Riz Ortolani – L’Etrusco Uccide Ancora (Titoli) from L’ETRUSCO UCCIDE ANCORA (The Dead Are Alive!) (1972)
  • B2       Daniele Patucchi – Giallo in Tensione from FRANKENSTEIN ’80 (1974)  *
  • B3       Ennio Morricone feat. Edda Dell’Orso – Ansimando from MACCHIE SOLARI (Autopsy) (1974)
  • B4       Manuel De Sica – Black Dream from MYSTERY TOUR (1985)  
  • B5       P. Gatti, A. Zenga – Cerro Torre from CESARE MAESTRI: IL RAGNO DELLE DOLOMITI (1980)  †
  • B6       Berto Pisano – Greta from LA MORTE HA SORRISO ALL’ASSASSINO (Death Smiles On A Murderer) (1973)
  • B7       Sante Maria Romitelli – Bambola Sensuale from LA ROSSA DALLA PELLE CHE SCOTTA (The Sensuous Doll) (1972)  *


  • C1       Adolfo Waitzman – Languidamente from PENSIONE PAURA (Hotel Fear) (1978)
  • C2       Nico Fidenco – Il Demonio in Convento from IMMAGINI DI UN CONVENTO (Images In A Convent) (1979)   °
  • C3       Ettore De Carolis – Ettore De Carolis (Flavour of Death) from IL CAVALIERE, LA MORTE E IL DIAVOLO (1983)   †
  • C4       Marcello Giombini – Un Gioco per Eveline from UN GIOCO PER EVELINE (1971)  *
  • C5       Carlo Maria Cordio – Absurd from ROSSO SANGUE (1981)
  • C6       Stelvio Cipriani (performed by Goblin) – Devil Dance from UN’OMBRA NELL’OMBRA (Ring Of Darkness) (1979)
  • C7       Daniele Patucchi – E Tanta Paura from E TANTA PAURA (Plot Of Fear) (1976)  *
  • C8       Marcello Giombini – Orinoco: Prigioniere del Sesso from ORINOCO: PRIGIONIERE DEL SESSO (1980)   *


  • D1      Franco Micalizzi – Bargain With The Devil #3 from CHI SEI? (Beyond The Door) (1974)   °
  • D2      Stefano Liberati – The Prophecy (Vers. A) from I PENSIERI DELL’OCCHIO (1978)  
  • D3      Luigi Ceccarelli – Walking Through The Shadows from DIFENDIMI DALLA NOTTE (1981)   †
  • D4      Daniele Patucchi – Minaccia Sulla Città from BELVE FEROCI (Wild Beasts) (1984)   *


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