Garden of the Dead, also known as Tomb of the Undead is a low budget horror film by director John Hayes.
The plot is bizarre, and revolves around a group of drug-addicted prisoners who get killed, and then rise from the prison garden that they have been buried in, in order to seek out more drugs. There is a bit more to the plot than that….but not much
The soundtrack was created by Jaime Mendoza-Nava, a Bolivian born composer who eventually moved to the US and worked for the Walt Disney Group.
Jaime Mendoza-Nava scored a number of films including ‘The Quick and the Dead‘ (1963), and ‘Grave of the Vampire‘(1972).
It is safe to say that the jazzy-twang of the soundtrack doesn’t really suit the low-budget comedy horror that takes place on the screen. The opening theme is a bass-heavy jazz stomp with blasting horns – not what you would expect for a 70s prison-based zombie movie. The rest of the soundtrack and incidental music is effective enough I guess, but you get the feeling that the soundtrack and the film were two totally unrelated projects that just got spliced together at the end.
Only a handful of the soundtracks that Jaime Mendoza-Nava composed have been released, and ‘Garden of the Dead‘ isn’t one of them.
Anyway, if you really want to experience the soundtrack then you can check out the whole film here: