Night of the Living Dead

Waxwork Records reanimating full Night of the Living Dead soundtrack for the first time

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Oct 29, 2018

Waxwork Records is going very old school this Halloween with the double vinyl release of the soundtrack for George A. Romero's 1968 zombie classic, Night of the Living Dead, which celebrates its 50th birthday this month. This is also the first time that the film's full soundtrack will be available in its complete form. 

Directed and co-written by Romero, Night of the Living Dead is considered to be the granddaddy of all zombie movies, having influenced the undead genre for the last five decades. Made on a budget of a meager $114,000, the film went on to make a total of $30 million. And it's not just the flesh-and-brain-eating ghouls that owe a debt of gratitude to the movie, but the entire horror genre. That's why the Library of Congress' National Film Registry deemed it "culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant."

Night of the Living Dead Waxwork Records

Credit: Waxwork Records

Night of the Living Dead Waxwork Records

Credit: Waxwork Records

Night of the Living Dead Waxwork Records

Credit: Waxwork Records

Interestingly, the music used for the feature was not an original score written by a composer, but a number of generic library tracks that appeared in other movies and TV shows. Once chosen, these cues were edited, enhanced, and remixed in post-production for a more eerie sound. It was like the horror equivalent of the American Graffiti soundtrack, which was a collection of other artists' established and classic songs from the '50s and early '60s. 

This Night of the Living Dead project, however, took three years of Waxwork collaborating with the still-living members of Image Ten (Romero's independent production company that made the film) to track down all of the music, some of which was thought to be lost or destroyed forever. In the end, all of it was located and remastered, resulting in the movie's first-ever definitive soundtrack collection. 

You can already listen to four tracks at the SoundCloud embed below:

The double-LP (in “Ghoul Green” no less!) comprises 48 tracks and goes on sale on Oct. 31 (yes, Halloween) for $40 a pop. That includes two records made of 180 gram vinyl; new artwork from the mind of Robert Sammelin; a booklet with never-before-seen production photos; insights from Daniel Kraus, co-author of The Shape of Water's novelization with director Guillermo del Toro; and insights from the movie's sound engineer, Gary Streiner, an original founding member of Image Ten. 

On a different note, Waxwork also announced a Haunting of Hill House double vinyl release for the same day. This one contains 27 tracks of the score composed by The Newton Brothers and only costs $35 a pop. The color of this vinyl is described as a "'Haunted' Green and Blue swirl."

The Haunting of Hill House Waxwork Records Netflix

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