Today’s selection, “Terror Strikes”, arranged by Henry Mancini and performed by the Mancini Pops Orchestra in 1990, utilizes music composed by Herman Stein and Mancini for the 1955 film ‘Tarantula’.
This is a tense, ominous track—definitely not something one envision mellowing out with.
Really, this is giant spider music, for people who apparently enjoy the music which would accompany a giant spider. I haven’t closely listened to the scores for ‘Earth vs. the Spider’ (1958) and ‘Giant Spider Invasion’ (1975), but, much like the quality of the movies they were composed for, I would presume they are vastly inferior to ‘Tarantula’. I mean, Stein and Mancini! That’s one hell of a combo.
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