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'A Black Veil for Lisa' Isn't Worth Unveiling

An obscure relic from late '60s European cinema, A Black Veil for Lisa is a standard giallo thriller -- minus the blood and thrills.

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His Dark Exotica: Ennio Morricone - "Seduction and Magic"/ "Dark Revelation"

Save for “Magic and Ecstasy”, “Seduction and Magic” is perhaps the most Goblin-esque of the thirteen tracks on Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack to Exorcist II: The Heretic. The piece's second inclusion, “Dark Revelation”, could remain at home on the next Burial album.

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His Dark Exotica: Ennio Morricone - "Pazuzu (Theme From Exorcist II)"

“Pazuzu (Theme From Exorcist II)” is about channeling. The track does not play prominently in the film. Rather, it emerges in aural corners and suggests all the witchery, locust-vision, and demonic possession that Regan and crew play out on the screen.

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His Dark Exotica: Ennio Morricone - "Rite of Magic"/ "Great Bird in the Sky"

Reedy and sustained, “Rite of Magic” and “Great Bird of the Sky” make for both of Ennio Morricone’s most focused coda-laden contributions to his soundtrack for the ill-received 1977 horror psychedelia sequel 'Exorcist II: The Heretic'.

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His Dark Exotica: Ennio Morricone - "Interrupted Melody"

Irrespective of its placement in 'Exorcist II: The Heretic', both “Interrupted Melody” and its sister track, "Interrupted Melody (Suspended Sound)", work astoundingly well as `70s film-culture quantifiers, delivering Ennio Morricone’s ability to challenge us not only with atonality, or in this case, clearly presented tonality in contrast to his more abstract works.

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His Dark Exotica: Ennio Morricone - “Magic and Ecstasy”

Somewhere on the downbeat in Ennio Morricone's soundtrack to 'The Heretic's' "Magic and Ecstasy" are the ghost notes that the film's teenage Regan must find alarming, like a Trashmen record played at the wrong speed.

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