You’ll laugh all the way to the blood bank!
BUYSOUNDTRAX Records will be releasing TRANSYLVANIA TWIST/NOT OF THIS EARTH, featuring music composed by Chuck Cirino for two cult classic films from the 1980’s directed by Jim Wynorski.
TRANSYLVANIA TWIST is the 1989 horror comedy directed by Jim Wynorski, written by R.J. Robertson and Wynorski, starring Robert Vaughn, the lovely Teri Copley, Steve Altman, Howard Morris, Steve Franken and Angus Scrimm along with Wynorski alums Ace Mask, Lenny Jiuliano, Monique Gabrielle, Brinke Stevens, Toni Naples and Arthur Roberts. TRANSYLVANIA TWIST tells the story of Dexter Ward (Altman), asked by his uncle, Ephram, to recover the Book Of Ulthar from the mysterious Marinas Orlock (Morris). Dexter meets Marissa Orlock (Copley) who has recently lost her estranged father, Marinas, and has to take a trip to Castle Orlock in Transylvania for the reading of his will. Marissa and Lord Byron Orlock (Vaughn) are the only living heirs to the Orlock estate. Dexter and Marissa go to Transylvania together and travel to Castle Orlock where they meet Byron Orlock, family friend Victor Van Helsing (Mask), Marinas’ butler, Stefan (Scrimm) and Byron’s three adopted daughters. Dexter and Byron are both in a race against time to find the Book Of Ulthar before Byron can read one of the spells inside and release an ancient evil from another dimension. While this sounds like a very serious plot, TRANSYLVANIA TWIST is actually a comic valentine to both the great Universal horror movies of the past and the current trends in horror films of the day and has developed quite a cult following over the years.
NOT OF THIS EARTH is the 1988 remake of the 1957 science fiction classic from Roger Corman, this time directed by Jim Wynorski and written by R.J. Robertson and Wynorski, starring Traci Lords (in her first mainstream film), Arthur Roberts and Wynorski alums Ace Mask, Lenny Juliano, Kelli Maroney and Monique Gabrielle. NOT OF THIS EARTH tells the story of Mr. Johnson (Roberts), a man with a strange health condition that requires him to receive a daily transfusion of blood to stay alive. Nadine Story (Lords) is hired to care for him and finds herself in the middle of strange circumstances as people begin to disappear around her. In actuality, Mr. Johnson, is an alien vanguard who has come to Earth from a dying planet to determine whether our planet will sustain them. When Nadine learns the truth, will she be able to stay alive long enough to warn the world and will they even believe her?
Longtime friends and collaborators, Jim Wynorski and Chuck Cirino have a working relationship that goes back to the mid 1980s, beginning with CHOPPING MALL and continuing with films such as DEATHSTALKER II, BIG BAD MAMA II, NOT OF THIS EARTH, THE RETURN OF SWAMP THING, 976-EVIL II, MUNCHIE, SORCERESS I & II, CRY OF THE WINGED SERPENT, KOMODO VS COBRA, SOLAR STRIKE, BONE EATER and many others.
Chuck Cirino did not start his career as a composer, but rather as a programmer in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania for a Public Access cable TV station, where he learned how to create TV shows by himself, without a crew. In his spare time, he experimented with the station’s video equipment and created a series of genre productions that allowed him the opportunity to learn how to incorporate special effects into his work. After relocating to California, Cirino transitioned into directing high-end special effects television commercials. His first work as composer was for the 1980 cult film GYPSY ANGELS, which starred Vanna White and Richard Roundtree. Since then he has scored films for Roger Corman, directed music videos for bands like Earth, Wind & Fire and The Dickies’ KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE, and has recorded over 40 music soundtracks for feature films like SORCERESS, RETURN OF THE SWAMP THING, HARD TO DIE, TRANSYLVANIA TWIST, and many others.
Chuck has worked as a producer, director, filmmaker, videographer, animator, special effects technician, editor, and composer. He executive produces and directs WEIRD TV, a television series featuring weird Americans, bizarre news, unbelievable events and outlandish skits. Chuck’s credits also include executive producer and director of the Sci Fi Channel projects, WORLDWIDE WEIRD and WARPED IN SPACE, and BABERELLAS, an independent Sci Fi feature distributed by Xenon Pictures.
The scores for these two films highlight Chuck’s mastery with electronics and his skill at writing great, catchy main themes that will stay with you long after you finish listening to this album, very much in the tradition of Vic Mizzy. In addition to composing a score for TRANSYLVANIA TWIST, Chuck also teamed up with Jim Wynorski to write two songs with absolutely hilarious lyrics that even now, decades later, will still bring a smile to your face.