Master composer Fabio Frizzi to perform soundtrack of 1981’s ‘The Beyond’ at the Coolidge

The week before Halloween this year, Boston film nerds, and specifically the horror geeks, are getting one hell of a huge treat: Master composer Fabio Frizzi is coming to Brookline’s Coolidge Corner Theatre to perform the soundtrack to 1981’s The Beyond, one of his truly brilliant collaborations with Lucio Fulci.

It’s not every week when you’re given the opportunity to see a true master perform his craft in front of you, so we highly recommend, even if you’re a bit squeamish, to watch this performance. Seriously, the guy’s up there with John Carpenter and Ennio Morricone as one of the greatest composers of the mid-’70s, and they’ve even re-cut the film specifically to assist with the live performance (a “composer’s cut” if you will), which arrives with accompaniment by the Frizzi 2 Fulci Band.

We know the Pops occasionally does stuff with John Williams (and their most recent Spielberg screening series has been a huge hit), but this is slightly different. For one, the October 24 performance is a prog-rock concert, as opposed to the dinner-seating that you’ll find over there, and it combines the best of the concert atmosphere with the moviegoing experience and totally excises the worst from both (nobody’ll be smoking big ol’ fat ones in front of you, and the music will be loud enough that even if a dude smuggles in a burrito you won’t be able to hear him chew). The fact that this is happening in the Boston area is completely and totally insane.

Here’s the description from the Coolidge’s event page.

“35 years after the shooting of this horror/thriller masterpiece, Maestro Fabio Frizzi retraces his steps in order to realize one of the boldest projects of his life: a composer’s cut.

We are used to having theatrical cuts and director’s cuts, but nobody ever dared to conceive and perform a movie version following the musician’s point of view. A new score for a cult classic, realized in a more modern way, almost in the Hollywood style, with very few moments of silence but with great respect for its original identity. A true expanded version of itself, realized
through renewed skill and mastery with the important ally of 35 years of added proficiency.

An iconic past renewed through a modern stylization of itself, which can now be experienced as the score is performed live to the images of one of the most famous movies shot by this incredible director, Lucio Fulci. Phonic orchestra and another energized by the rock prog strength derived by the orchestration for the Frizzi 2 Fulci band, the 7 artist top performers in the Maestro’s band.”

Buy your tickets ASAP, they’re gonna go fast.

‘THE BEYOND’ :: Tuesday, October 24 at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St. in Brookline, MA :: 9 p.m., all ages, $33 :: Advance tickets :: Coolidge Corner event page