Non Aver Paura Della Zia Marta Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Non Aver Paura Della Zia Marta by Gianni Sposito.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 92.5
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 17.18
Album Excellence: 61%
Non Aver Paura Della Zia Marta AKA Don’t Be Afraid Of Aunt Martha is a 1988 Italian horror film directed by Mario Bianchi and starring Adriana Russo, Gabriele Tinti and Anna Maria Placido. A family of 4 makes a long drive to Aunt Martha’s house to visit her for the first time in years. Only she isn’t there. Just the caretaker and his message that she will appear the next day…if they survive the night. The score is composed by Gianni Sposito.
What attracted me to this score was the few sound samples I heard on Screen Archives website. There’s no secret that I’m a lover of all things 80s and there was something about the sound of it that needed exploring. It’s quite short, 28 minutes and is part of a two-for-one CD of music from Beat Records, the other half being the even shorter Riflessi Di Luce. Right from the first notes of music, I am right there, in the awesome 80s. It’s not just random 80s sounds either, it’s a well constructed opening cue called ‘The Broken Mirror’. Sounds beautiful using great classic synths such as Roland JX10S, Yamaha DX7 and of course a TR808 for percussion. All combined together in the right hands give me that warm welcoming sound of the 80s. This opening cue just fed my nostalgia and boy was it hungry. Can’t stop now though. Got to have more. Is there more? Oh yes there is more. There is a “music box” theme that is being featured along with some zany “computer sounds” in this score. It is sometimes strangely constructed like ‘Midnight With Aunt Marta’ where the music seems to stop and start in a way that I didn’t expect.
A cue that stands out a bit is ‘The Door’ which features a lovely 80s mood cue with ambient synths and interesting soundscapes, that is until the end where it gets a little crazy. Apart from that, the music is pretty repetitive, but it is 80s music, so I’m happy with that. I’m not a big fan of the music box motif though and the even more strange music box remix motif. What I am a fan of though is the synths used, the sound of it all. Specially that opening theme is pure gold for me. If everything could have been like that opening theme, it could have been one of the best releases of 2015. It’s still very good, but I wanted it to be so much more.
1. The Broken Mirror *
2. Magnetic Box
3. Midnight With Aunt Marta
6. Magnetic Box
7. Death Doomed