Ep(idem)ic Soundtracks

One of the classic ways that low budget filmmakers save money is by using public domain library music rather than ponying up for an original score or pop tunes. This can be used to wonderful effect, like all that eerie 50’s sci-fi music used in Night Of The Living Dead

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Many films use the same library music and if you watch enough of them you’ll begin to recognize them. This can lead to some amusingly incongruous moments, such as the theme from Plan 9 From Outer Space popping up in the middle of Wild Women of Wongo

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Or the countless number of ’70s films that use what eventually became the People’s Court  theme (most hilariously in the ultra-sleazy porno Punk Rock).  Library music is just one of myriad Scoobifying aspects of the B-Movie experience…

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2 comments

  1. dneitzke · August 4, 2013

    This is TV rather than old grindhouse movies but The Ren & Stimpy Show used shit tons of old library music for their episode soundtracks as well…

    • jayghastly · August 5, 2013

      Except for original tunes by Stinky Wizzleteats…Yeah,t.v. uses alot of library music. It was really weird hearing the SCTV station-identification sting in the movie “Malibu High” every time the teenage bad girl star made a snarky comment.

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