Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich
Released by Lakeshore Records, 2018
13 Tracks with a Total Running Time of 31 min.
Music by Fabio Frizzi
I must admit, seeing the offer to review the soundtrack for the latest Puppet Master movie didn’t fill me with excitement. But when I saw the composer was none other than Fabio Frizzi, the Italian maestro who composed the scores for films like Fulci’s The Psychic (1977), Zombie (1979), City of the Living Dead (1980), The Beyond (1981), not to mention a few other classics, I quickly changed my mind. And I’m glad I did because he once showed me that you can never judge a book by its cover. Or a score by its title., as the case may be.
The score for Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich is a smaller and simple score, much like I expected, but Frizzi is still able to create a great mood here. The opening title track is a beautiful piece of music, simple and elegant, and not what you’d think you’d hear for a Puppet Master film. But right when the second track picks up, Third Floor Hallway, the atmosphere kicks in. We have a slow and low sound of the keyboard, with a low pounding in the background. Then a violin (maybe?) kicks in bringing up the eerie factor slightly higher. About halfway through this track, we hear some bells, like from a wind chime or doll’s toy, which at first might sound innocent, but the way it is used along with the already existing sounds, it just makes it plain creepy.
Some of the other tracks don’t come off as a typical “scary” theme, but are well orchestrated and develop a little character. But with the childlike music every now and then, it can give you a little chill on the back of your neck. I think that is the real beauty of this score is that Frizzi hits all the notes, no pun intended. He has some creepy music here, like with Track 7 – Carnage Hotel, which brings back the feeling of those scores from the early ’80s, but then also has a beautiful track with Track 9 – Ashley’s Theme.
If you’re a fan of the Puppet Master series, then I’m guessing picking up this score is going to be a no-brainer since it is a lot of fun. But even if you’re not, fans of Italian Maestro Frizzi are going to want to add this to the collection, on his name alone. Then you’ll be surprised how much you’ll like it anyway!