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Alien Dead (1980): Soundtrack

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Alien Dead (1980): Soundtrack

Alien Dead‘ is a low budget horror film directed and written by Fred Olen Ray. Despite having pretty bad reviews across the board, the film has gone on to enjoy some cult status among some horror fans.

The plot kicks off when a meteor falls from the sky and hits a houseboat moored in a swamp. The meteor causes the occupants to become zombies, who then proceed to eat all he wildlife in the swamps. Once they exhaust their food supply they started eating local people, and a scientist tasks himself to work out what is causing the locals to disappear.

The is low budget fun from start to finish with very loose editing, and poor acting that makes everything feel like an improvised horror film at times.

The Alien Dead – Soundtrack:

For such a low-budget and sloppy film, you’d be forgiven if you thought the soundtrack was going to a pile of crap….but its actually alright.

The score is a mix of moody electronic synthesizers (as you would expect from an 80s horror movie), with bubbling swamp sounds in the background.

The soundtrack was composed by Franklin Sledge and Chuck Sumner (Sumner also stars in the film, and is one of the producers as well). Franklin Sledge was responsible for the music for the end credits, and he shared writing credit for the opening theme with Chuck Sumner. The main theme is a weird, dreamy, electronic piece with a heartbeat rhythm underpinning it – its actually genuinely creepy.

The rest of the soundtrack features some additional tracks provided by pretty decent bluegrass music from the American Bluegrass Express, Paul Jones, and Sugar Lee.

The bluegrass was chosen to add a more authentic atmosphere to the backwater swamp setting, and the tracks selected are decent enough…but it just adds to the overall craziness of film when taken as part of a whole soundtrack – for example, the film ends with a zombie rising again from the swamp with an upbeat bluegrass number twanging away in the background.

The soundtrack for Alien Dead has never been made commercially available, but you can check out some of it below.

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