Maestro Fabio Frizzi returns to Union Chapel with a new show that delves deep into the music of horror.
Three years since his last sell out appearance at Union Chapel, Fabio Frizzi returns with a show that
will include new orchestrations of his scores for cult films by Lucio Fulci. For the first time he’ll also
explore his work outside of his longstanding and hugely successful collaboration with the Italian
Director. Expect thrills, prog-rocking and funk vibes all set against a back drop of legendary film clips
and shocking visuals.
To coincide with legendary horror composer’s hotly anticipated return to Chills in
the Chapel at London Union Chapel on Saturday 29th October, we revisit his vast and iconic
synth scores as part of his current world tour. Here we look back at five of his most famous
Sette note in nero aka The Psychic (1977)
Amongst his earlier work, the film marked Frizzi’s third team-up with long term collaborator
Lucio Fulci. Sette note in nero tells the story of a woman who experiences psychic visions,
which leads her to discover a murder. After her husband is charged with the killing, a
paranormal researcher joins her in an investigation to clear his name. Frizzi’s soundtrack
was praised for it’s simplicity and elegance, particularly in comparison to typical Italian
thrillers. Segments of Frizzi’s score was used later in Quentin Tarantino’s 2003 film Kill Bill:
Zombi 2 (1979)
Frizzi and Fulci teamed up again for their first collaboration on a horror movie. Regarded as
a strong influence on 1980’s Italian horror, the film follows the search for a young woman’s
missing father on a tropical island where the dead rise up and attack the living. Frizzi’s work
made use of Caribbean musical cues that surprised the audience and his score was praised
again as an key, memorable component of the film.
City of the Living Dead (1980)
Another collaboration with Lucio Fulci, Frizzi’s synth-heavy score is still regarded as one of
his greatest and most influential, commended for creating an unsettling and other-worldly
atmosphere. City of the Living Dead tells the story of a race to close the gates of hell after
they are opened by a priest hanging himself, causing the dead to rise from the grave. The
film is part of an unofficial Gates of Hell trilogy, with The Beyond and The House by the
The Beyond (1981)
Never afraid to reinvent and experiment, in The Beyond Frizzi layered real vocalists over the
top of a choir, creating a spine-tingling sound complimenting Fulci’s surreal visuals. The
story portrays a young woman who inherits an old hotel, only to discover it was built over an
entrance to hell. The Beyond is one of Fulci and Frizzi’s most revered collaborations and
Frizzi has just revisited his score and, after initially recording fifty two songs, he updated the
original and included pieces which didn’t make the final cut.
Manhattan Baby (1982)
While it may not be a Fulci classic, Frizzi’s soundtrack remains one of his more creative, and
another great entry into his catalogue. With the film focused on New York city, Frizzi plays
with a vivid synth and playful bass lines. Manhattan Baby tells the story of the gory murders
that occur after an evil spirit is released from an Egyptian tomb by an archaeologist and his
daughter becomes possessed.
Chills in the Chapel with Fabio Frizzi: Saturday Night in the City of the Dead on Saturday 29th October
Order Chills in the Chapel tickets at the Union Chapel store, here.
‘Chills in the Chapel’, Union Chapel’s annual and hugely popular Halloween film night, mixes a love
of cinema and music with a great night out. Set in the Grade I listed architectural masterpiece that is
Union Chapel the atmosphere is suitably spooky. Expect fancy dress, creepy cocktails and a few
surprises along the way.
Over 18s only.