Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Mephisto Waltz (1971)


The Mephisto Waltz (1971). Directed by: Paul Wenkos. Starring: Alan Alda, Jacqueline Bisset, Barbara Perkins, Curd Jurgens.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Tonight’s film is another entry in the “Rosemary’s Baby was pretty popular, right?” class of Satanism shockers of the early 70s, with a title taken from piano compositions by Franz Liszt and adapted from the 1969 novel of the same name …

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Column: Slicing Score: Damien: Omen II (1978)

By Maria Mitchell

Damien: Omen II (1978). Composer: Jerry Goldsmith.

This soundtrack is divided into two different parts. It includes the film versions of the cues and the original recording demos.

Main Titles (Film Version): This track nicely showcases Goldsmith’s use of a synthesizer with a traditional orchestra to give these titles a seamless blend of traditional and modern essence.

“Face of the Antichrist”: The guttural intro spliced with percussion makes this cue strange and uneasy. This type of intro …

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Angels and Demons Week: Satanic Panic: “Michelle Remembers” and the Witchcrazes of the 1980s

By Lyndsey Holder

“Before Michelle Remembers there were no Satanic prosecutions involving children. Now the myth is everywhere.”

– Robert Hicks, U.S. Justice Department

“There are over one million Satanists in this country…The majority of them are linked in a highly organized, very secretive network. From small towns to large cities, they have attracted police and FBI attention to their Satanic ritual child abuse, child pornography, and grisly Satanic murders. The odds are that this is happening in your town.”

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