Les Raisins de la Mort is a French horror film by Jean Rollin, and it is totally unlike many of Rollin’s other films of around the same time-frame (Zombie Lake as an example)
This is a curious zombie film that has an almost environmentalist theme, where people are being turned into zombies due to an illegal and poisonous pesticide being used on the local vineyards in order to increase production and yield.
At times the film film feels ‘otherworldly’ and it is packed with atmospheric locations. The soundtrack is equally as dreamlike, and it does a wonderful job of making everything seem eerie and alien.
The soundtrack was composed by Philippe Sissmann, who only has one other film soundtrack to his credit (L’écrou in 1991).
The soundtrack is a wonderful slice of electronica and synth-heavy sounds that is unnerving in its composition – it is sad, beautiful, and creepy, in its cold and melancholy compositions. It is unlike any other soundtrack that you have probably heard before. It fades in and out of the film heightening the poetic atmosphere – the closest thing we have probably heard to it is the soundtrack the Tangerine Dream made for The Keep (which also has never had a proper release).
Sadly, the soundtrack has never been released, but you can hear some of it below. We would love to have the complete score of this, as I am sure many other horror (and music) fans would).
Listen to ‘Les Raisins de la Mort’ main theme:
More music from the soundtrack from the film, by Philippe Sissmann: