Soundtrack Review: Umberto Lenzi’s EATEN ALIVE! (NSFW)

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Cannibal films are an acquired taste. They’re most certainly never easy to swallow and only the hardcore of horror fans can truly appreciate them in all of their flesh eating glory. In 1980, CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST was released and became the standard on which all cannibal films would forever be judged. Ruggero Deodato’s film is remembered for numerous reasons but Riz Ortolani’s score will forever be imprinted into my brain. That same year, director Umberto Lenzi (CANNIBAL FEROX) released EATEN ALIVE! While not quite as powerful as HOLOCAUST or FEROX, as time has gone on, it’s turned into a cult classic. Just as the film has gained respect over the years, so has Roberto Donati’s score. Private Records has once again delivered a stellar soundtrack presentation and an LP you will most certainly want in your collection.

The soundtrack consists of 19 tracks that play like a wicked mix of rock and funk. The offbeat music is weird for a cannibal film but it works, as well as it does a standalone album. Each track builds upon the previous, leaving you with these sounds and grooves that will continue to play over and over again in your head. At times, the music tends to give off this bizarre circus type vibe which is actually an interesting contrast to images seen in the film. Listening to the soundtrack, it almost made me want to revisit the film, it’s been years, and all of them seem to blend together. I’m not so sure they’re something I would want to but maybe. As far as the music goes, I could listen to this for hours.

The presentation Private Records has prepared is quite gorgeous. The stunningly shocking cover art screams at you with personality and color. The reverse side contains some graphic images from the film so it might not be something you want to leave sitting on the coffee table when the in-laws come over to visit (or maybe you do so in that case, “You’re welcome!”). It comes in green vinyl and includes a fold-out poster with the image of a woman about to be beheaded, featuring the movies original title MANGIATI VIVI! Looks like this release is not only another win for Private, but a win for horror film fans as well.