‘Vengeance of the Zombies‘ is a Spanish horror film directed by León Klimovsky and starring Spanish horror-legend Paul Naschy. The original Spanish name for the film is ‘La Rebelion de las Muertas‘.
‘Vengeance of the Zombies‘ is not a good film – the plot is confusing, the acting is poor, and the soundtrack seems like it was made for a different film altogether.
The 1970s saw the soundtracks for horror films to start departing from the orchestral scores of the past – but ‘Vengeance of the Zombies‘ goes right out on a limb and uses a funk-jazz soundtrack throughout the film (and it doesn’t work).
The soundtrack was composed by Juan Carlos Calderón, who is a Spanish songwriter and composer. He is famous for writing the song “Eres tú” (which was runner-up in the 1973 Eurovision Song Contest), and he has almost 20 movie soundtracks to his name.
His score for ‘Vengence of the Zombies‘ is actually more gripping than the film, and it stands out like a sore thumb due to it not really matching the intention and atmosphere of the film. ‘Vengence of the Zombies‘ at its heart is gothic horror, but Juan Carlos Calderón provides a soundtrack of groovy jazz and psychedelic rock. The soundtrack becomes almost funny, it jars that much with the on-screen action.
The soundtrack has only ever been released as a bootleg, some time ago, and isn’t readily available by any other means at present.
Listen to Vengeance of the Zombies opening theme: