Poltergeist (2015) Soundtrack Review

poltergeist2015Poltergeist (2015)
Released by Sony Masterworks
20 Tracks with a total running time of 43 min.
Music by Marc Streitenfeld

Taking on the job of composing a score for a remake of a very familiar movie must not have been an easy choice. When listening to scores, especially to review them, we try hard not to let that come into our mind when listening to this new take, trying to give it a fresh chance. Sometimes that is harder than others. But while Streitenfeld does do a decent job here, it just doesn’t have anything that reaches out and grabs hold of you. Not meaning that it isn’t a scary score, but that the music doesn’t seem to make its own footprints, rather than just accompany what might be on the screen.

He uses a lot of loud thundering notes, which seems to be more and more common these days with scores, which is a shame. He does come up with a nice opening theme which is decent, but it really doesn’t follow through with the rest of the score. He does use some nursery or children’s music which does give it a nice touch, but I would have liked to have heard more of that intertwined within the rest of the score, instead of the loud jump sounds.

Bottom line is that this isn’t a bad score by any means, but just one that doesn’t hold my attention too much. Maybe it is just me, but I want a score that will take hold of your ears and brain and pull you through the story, even if you’re not watching the film right then.

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