Thursday, December 2, 2010


Once again in honor of the glorious & lamented Ingrid Pitt...

Monster-of-the-Week: …let’s acknowledge the horror that makes the sound in 1964’s The Sound of Horror (El Sonido de la Muerte). Pitt’s first film, a Spanish production shot in Greece, concerns an encounter between a party of treasure hunters—the lovely young Ms. Pitt is one of them—& a ferocious dinosaur, accidentally loosed by an explosion in a cave.

But this is not just any dinosaur. No, this is an invisible dinosaur.

Which is why, presumably, the title isn’t The Sight of Horror.

What the phantom fossil lacks visually, it overcompensates for vocally. Turns out The Sound of Horror is a slightly louder & more drawn-out version of the sound that a cat makes while having sex outside your house at 4 a.m.

You can hear it for yourself—here is a clip of perhaps the funniest scene in the film, & here is a trailer, narrated by another distinctive sound, that of the great Paul Frees, who provided the voices of characters ranging from Boris Badenov to the Pillsbury Doughboy.

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