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Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things (1973): Soundtrack

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Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things is a US horror film, with plenty of black comedy, that was directed by Bob Clark. Shot on a very low budget, Clark enlisted some of his friends to help with the making of it. The plot follows the usual mechanics of young people in the woods, staying in a cabin, end up raising the dead, things end badly etc..etc…

The soundtrack to the film was composed by Carl Zittrer, who is better known for his mainstream movie soundtrack work on films like ‘Moonstruck‘ (1987), ‘Selena‘ (1997) and ‘New Jack City‘ (1991) (where he held roles as music supervisor or music editor).

Carl Zittrer would go on to work with Bob Clark on future films like ‘Black Christmas‘ (1974), and ‘A Christmas Story‘ (1983) as the composer of the soundtracks.

The soundtrack for ‘Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things‘ is truly strange – it isn’t like any conventional score that you will have ever heard. Instead, it is a full-on assault of synthesizer sounds, drones, and pulses and clicks.

The effect is totally alien and almost has a ‘submerged’ feel to it.

The opening theme to the film is a great example of this, it comes as a surprise to the viewer that it never transforms itself into a recognizable title theme – the entire beginning of the movie has the electronic and discordant, almost experimental sound composition dominating things.

This is probably one of the strangest soundtracks to any horror film. It has never been released, and despite the fact that we would welcome it with open arms if it ever was released, it certainly wouldn’t be to everyone’s tastes.

Check out the opening soundtrack from our friends over at House of Mysterious Secrets and listen to the main title theme of ‘Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things‘ by Carl Zittrer below. This synth-assault should disorient you and put you on edge.

If you want to check out the full soundtrack, then you can experience it in full as part of the film below.

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