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 Posted:   Oct 17, 2020 - 9:35 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Ms. Birri and I are on our annual Halloween movie binge, and last night we watched Ed Wood's 1965 masterpiece "Orgy of the Dead," one of the greatest films ever made.

We use to have this gem on VHS, but we never upgraded to DVD. Luckily, we found it on Tubi.

I always assumed that the music was anonymous library music, but it was all apparently written by a composer named Jaime Mendoza-Nava.

Mendoza-Nava's imdb listing suggests that he did a lot of B- or even C-grade films. Still, his music for "Orgy of the Dead" is quite varied. (I will not tell you why it is varied, as that would involve possible spoilers.) While some of it is unlistenable, there are some nice Baxter-esque moments and some big-band-ish charts with some interesting harmonic devices.

I would assume that the tapes are long since gone. And maybe that's not a big deal, as I would rather enjoy this music in the context of the amazing visuals.

Anyone know anything about Jaime Mendoza-Nava?

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 17, 2020 - 9:40 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Wikipedia reports the following:

Mendoza-Nava was born in La Paz, Bolivia. He studied at The Juilliard School and Madrid Royal Conservatory, the Sorbonne, and with Nadia Boulanger. He won the Madrid Conservatory's First Prize in 1950, completing the five-year program in a year's time. Eventually, he was on the staff of Walt Disney Studios and his works were recorded by MGM Records.

Much of his music is inspired by the pentatonic music of the Andes.

In Hollywood, he also had several credits as a sound editor.

He died in Los Angeles, California, on May 31, 2005.

Mendoza-Nava’s grandson, Nic Mendoza (born April 4th, 1989), is a music and multimedia producer.[1] Nic is the founder of his production entity, Uprise LLC, and Co-Founder of a production company and record imprint, Encore Endeavor One (EE1). Nic is the Producer of Up, Up & Away! a musical fable, starring Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis, Jr. and The Next Dimension, and continues to work with the duo on their forthcoming project with BMG.[2]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaime_Mendoza-Nava

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 17, 2020 - 9:42 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

And he scored the AIP film "The Savage Wild" (1970), released on LP.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 17, 2020 - 9:44 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Looks like some of his "serious" works made it to LP and CD.

 
 Posted:   Oct 17, 2020 - 10:13 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

Ms. Birri and I are on our annual Halloween movie binge, and last night we watched Ed Wood's 1965 masterpiece "Orgy of the Dead," one of the greatest films ever made.

Muhahaha! Thanks for that one.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 17, 2020 - 10:45 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Ms. Birri and I are on our annual Halloween movie binge, and last night we watched Ed Wood's 1965 masterpiece "Orgy of the Dead," one of the greatest films ever made.

Muhahaha! Thanks for that one.


Frame for frame, it is a better film than much of what routinely gets discussed around here.

 
 Posted:   Oct 17, 2020 - 11:43 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

Ms. Birri and I are on our annual Halloween movie binge, and last night we watched Ed Wood's 1965 masterpiece "Orgy of the Dead," one of the greatest films ever made.

Muhahaha! Thanks for that one.


Frame for frame, it is a better film than much of what routinely gets discussed around here.


Well, it is an Ed Wood film even among Ed Wood films, so it certainly has curiosity charme.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 17, 2020 - 12:25 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Ms. Birri and I are on our annual Halloween movie binge, and last night we watched Ed Wood's 1965 masterpiece "Orgy of the Dead," one of the greatest films ever made.

Muhahaha! Thanks for that one.


Frame for frame, it is a better film than much of what routinely gets discussed around here.


Well, it is an Ed Wood film even among Ed Wood films, so it certainly has curiosity charme.


I can't think of an Ed Wood film that is as good visually as this. The colors are great.

 
 Posted:   Oct 18, 2020 - 9:20 AM   
 By:   Paul Ettinger   (Member)

This is on CD on the Strange label: (Strange 0001-2) from 1995.
I found it at Tower Records in Boston in 1995 , but have seen it once or twice since then.

This is just an audio rip of the soundtrack with dialogue and sound effects as well as the Mendoza-Nava score. There is some traditional, dramatic score but this is very minor. Most of this is a type of exotica-burlesque style programme that is background for the dance numbers the victims are forced to watch. The good part of the dance music is that much of it plays dialogue-free with only occasional shouted encouragement from Criswell.

There are 19 tracks. There are 9 pictures of the nude dancers on a non-stapled, folding cover of the booklet type used by BSX, and some Monstrous Movie Music releases. There is a plot summary and brief producers notes .

There are no stand-alone Jaime Mendoza-Nava tracks. All are marred.... or enhanced... as you may prefer, by wolfman howls, and Criswell soliloquies. It proudly sits on my shelf alphabetically next to Alan Menken's Disney output.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 18, 2020 - 9:51 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

This is on CD on the Strange label: (Strange 0001-2) from 1995.
I found it at Tower Records in Boston in 1995 , but have seen it once or twice since then.

This is just an audio rip of the soundtrack with dialogue and sound effects as well as the Mendoza-Nava score. There is some traditional, dramatic score but this is very minor. Most of this is a type of exotica-burlesque style programme that is background for the dance numbers the victims are forced to watch. The good part of the dance music is that much of it plays dialogue-free with only occasional shouted encouragement from Criswell.

There are 19 tracks. There are 9 pictures of the nude dancers on a non-stapled, folding cover of the booklet type used by BSX, and some Monstrous Movie Music releases. There is a plot summary and brief producers notes .

There are no stand-alone Jaime Mendoza-Nava tracks. All are marred.... or enhanced... as you may prefer, by wolfman howls, and Criswell soliloquies. It proudly sits on my shelf alphabetically next to Alan Menken's Disney output.


Thanks. So under those circumstances, I would just as soon watch the film.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 18, 2020 - 12:48 PM   
 By:   John Black   (Member)

Jaime Mendoza-Nava was a film collector who was once profiled in The Big Reel newspaper, which catered to private collectors of 16mm and 35mm film prints. Back then (sometime in the 1980's or early 1990's), I had no idea who he was. Looking at his list of credits, he scored a number of my favorite exploitation films. I wish I had known that back then, as I would have loved to contact him.

 
 Posted:   Oct 18, 2020 - 2:22 PM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)



I can't think of an Ed Wood film that is as good visually as this. The colors are great.


Hey, hey... easy on the peyote.

 
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