DAY THREE of the William Castle Blogathon & Goregirl’s Dungeon on YouTube: Vic Mizzy & Alex North

blogathon1Welcome to DAY THREE of The William Castle Blogathon! I hope you are all enjoying the Castle madness! Personally, I think our guests deserve a standing ovation! Day three may be low in quantity but it is HUGE in quality!

Now playing at The Midnight Monster Show: A William Castle Double Feature! Homicidal (1961) & House on Haunted Hill (1959).
Homicidal lobby card1

You’ll go crazy over Films From Beyond The Time Barrier’s review of Strait-Jacket (1964).
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Don’t squeal on The Last Drive In but they are reviewing Johnny Stool Pigeon (1949). And don’t forget to visit The Last Drive In for EVEN MORE Castle Hijinx!

Johnny Stool Pigeon

***Goregirl’s Dungeon on YouTube: VIC MIZZY and ALEX NORTH***

Vic Mizzy – The Night Walker

Vic Mizzy has 33 composer credits listed on IMDB beginning in 1960 with two episodes of the television series Shirley Temple’s Storybook with his final credit being the television movie The Munsters’ Revenge (1981). Vic Mizzy composed the theme music for The Addams Family and Green Acres; two of the most recognizable television themes of all time! He also composed the music for the lovable The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966)! Vic Mizzy composed the soundtracks for three William Castle films; The Night Walker (1964), The Spirit is Willing (1967) and The Busy Body (1967). The Night Walker was Mizzy’s first composition for a feature film. Vic Mizzy’s music for The Night Walker compliments the film nicely; it is sneaky, mysterious and wonderfully waggish.

Music and images from William Castle’s 1964 film The Night Walker. Music by Vic Mizzy; Main Title/Prologue.

Alex North – Shanks

Alex North has 79 Composer credits listed on IMDB. Alex North was nominated for an Oscar fifteen times for A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Death of a Salesman (1951), Viva Zapata! (1952), The Rose Tattoo (1955), Unchained (1955), The Rainmaker (1956), Spartacus (1960), Cleopatra (1963), The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968), Shanks (1974), Bite the Bullet (1975), Dragonslayer (1981) and Under the Volcano (1984). North was the first composer to ever receive an honorary Oscar. North also composed a soundtrack for Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey which was scrapped by the director. I am a little ashamed I wasn’t familiar with Alex North before discovering him via Shanks. I spent a little time checking out his various soundtracks on YouTube. I especially enjoyed the pieces I heard from the The Bad Seed (1956). I am enjoying the hell out of North’s soundtrack for Shanks and I will definitely be exploring more of the music of Alex North in the immediate future.

Music and images from William Castle’s 1974 film Shanks; Main Title theme from Shanks composed by Alex North.

14 Responses to “DAY THREE of the William Castle Blogathon & Goregirl’s Dungeon on YouTube: Vic Mizzy & Alex North”

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  2. Wow!!!! I’ve got chills running up my spine and I’ve been watering up from the magnitude of this enormously moving piece of blogging Opera… You’re a master of putting it together and bring it on full force. Alex North is one of THE most incredible composers. I love Jerry Goldsmith so much that often I forget how profoundly provocative North was. Thank you for making me feel like a musician again this morning. SHANKS is nothing short of a grotesque fairy tale masterpiece. Alex North’s music adds to the poignant atmosphere. and your visual representation just gets under the skin. And Mizzy is a genius. He makes the most iconically memorable little blasts of melodies that stick in your head. THE NIGHT WALKER is partly creepy and fascinating because of Mizzy’s soundtrack. You’ve done an amazing job of tying it all together. What a tribute to Castle to show that he wasn’t just a shclockmeister ‘all in fun’ but actually a brilliant man himself who had vision and could catalyze all these brilliant elements together Well friggin done my girl

    • goregirl Says:

      Jo – You are too much! Flattery will get you everywhere 🙂 It was so fun revisiting and discovering these Castle gems! There is definitely camp…and it is wonderful! But films like Shanks and The Night Walker really stand out in Castle’s resume. These two films are particularly special, well-made and unique. And of course the music for both is fabulous.

  3. A year or so ago when I revisited The Night Walker (I saw it for the first time many years ago), I immediately recognized the wonderful and very distinctive Vic Mizzy score. Vic’s contributions, combined with the bizarre Paul Frees-narrated prologue, the surreal mannequin wedding, and of course, Stanwyck and Taylor, make this my all time favorite Castle fright flick!

    • goregirl Says:

      This was my first time watching The Night Walker and I could not agree more. This is a wonderful little horror thriller and that mannequin wedding…just awesome!

  4. conradw58 Says:

    Bravo,bravo,bravo,Goregirl! I am happy to see William Castle receiving this fine,classy tribute from you,Goregirl,and all the contributors. William Castle was one of us!

    • goregirl Says:

      Thanks so much Conrad! 🙂 I am so pleased with all the fantastic contributions from our awesome guests…they have made it a pleasure to co-host!

  5. 20 films! 20 ad campaigns! Almost got away from me, there.
    http://scenesfromthemorgue.wordpress.com/tag/the-william-castle-blogathon/

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, for providing this tribute.

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  9. As if your superb William Castle Blogathon wasn’t already awesome enough, I’m now even more wowed by SHANKS and the music of Alex North and Vic Mizzy. I’m really enjoying hearing these two composers in a different light! Jo, Terri, you gals have blown me away — in the best possible ways, of course! BRAVA to you both!

    • goregirl Says:

      I am glad I could ignite your interest in Alex North and Vic Mizzy! I feature film music on my YouTube channel and collect music from soundtracks. I have to admit I was not familiar with either composer before researching for the blogathon. Merci Beaucoup for your kind comments…it was a pleasure to host such talented people like yourself 🙂

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