Claudio Simonetti's Goblin plays 'Dawn of the Dead'
PROG LEGENDS TACKLE GEORGE A. ROMERO’S ZOMBIE CLASSIC
The legendary Italian prog-rock collective Goblin is returning to Ghent! In 2014 the group, headed up by cult hero Claudio Simonetti, was invited to play during Film Fest Gent, giving us an unforgettable live performance set to Dario Argento’s ‘Susperia’. Three years later, Goblin is back at Vooruit and this time they’re playing the entire soundtrack to George A. Romero’s legendary zombie epic ‘Dawn of the Dead’.
The 1978 film laid down the blueprint for pretty much every zombie film that would follow, also influencing games, comics and TV series. In addition to the spectacular – and often hilarious – special effects, it was also Goblin’s threatening soundtrack that helped to solidify the cult status of ‘Dawn of the Dead’. So sink deep into the plush chairs of Vooruit’s Theatre Hall this 19 October and enjoy a portion of brainless entertainment with an exclusive live score.
SHOPPING ZOMBIES, BRAINLESS CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR
“When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.” Ask any horror fan to name the ultimate zombie flick and they’ll no doubt reply ‘Dawn of the Dead’. The cult classic by George A. Romero – the sequel to his brilliant low-budget hit ‘Night of the Living Dead’ – is without a doubt one of the best, most gruesome and most hilarious horror films of the 70s.
A group of survivors flee a growing zombie epidemic, taking cover in a shopping mall. Unfortunately the zombies are also falling into old habits from their former lives (shopping!) and the shopping mall, just as before, becomes a magnet for the braindead. You don’t have to wait long to find out what happens: the confrontation between the two groups is, er ... heart-rending.
Apart from being an outright gore-fest, ‘Dawn of the Dead’ is also a razor-sharp satire on brainless Western consumerism. Amid the splattering of blood and guts, Romeo holds up a mirror to a failing and self-destructive society. A society permeated with sexism and racism, one in which people can’t even work together even when their lives are on the line. You don’t have to look hard to find this film’s relevance today.
Its strong underlying message aside, ‘Dawn of the Dead’ remains a glorious gore-fest. The film is the ultimate masterclass in blood-spattered special effects, for which we have SFX legend Tom Salvini to thank. His fingerprints are all over countless horror movies from the 80s.
And we haven’t even mentioned the soundtrack yet. It was composed by Dario Argento’s personal house orchestra Goblin. The Italian prog-rockers were responsible for some of the most iconic soundtracks to Argento’s flamboyant masterworks, including classics such as ‘Profondo Rosso’, ‘Tenebre’ and of course ‘Suspiria’. Goblin performed the soundtrack of the latter film live at Vooruit in 2014.
Dario Argento was also both co-producer and co-screenwriter on ‘Dawn of the Dead’. He made his own cut of the film for Europe and the rest of the world, known to fans as ‘Zombi’. Romero’s version appeared only in the US and with a completely different soundtrack. It was only on Argento’s version that featured Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin soundtrack. It is this European version that you will get to see and hear at Vooruit.
Goblin’s score raises the film to new heights. Take the opening track, ‘L’Alba Dei Morti Viventi’: the slow death-march beat, threatening synths and powerchords inspired countless bands (Zombi!) and sets a paranoia-infused tone right off the bat. ‘Dawn of the Dead’ is without a doubt Goblin’s most diverse soundtrack, featuring both thrilling action tracks and kitsch bar-room piano tunes. Don’t miss your chance to see this side of Goblin!