Soundtrack Review: Warning Sign

Warning Sign (1985)
Released by Invada
29 Tracks with a total running time of 54 min.
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Craig Safan

Right off the bat, within the first few seconds of listening to this score, hearing the electronic sounds, it feels incredibly dated. Now that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it shows you the time when it was made. Just look at what John Carpenter did in the ‘80s before you start criticizing. But that being said, this score is very subtle in its approach, almost like something you’d be listening to while in a deprivation tank. There are some tracks with a little more up-tempo music but for the most part it is slow and soothing.

When I first reviewed this score, I thought it was a little underwhelming, but I think I was expecting or wanting a score of either creepy melodies or some nice atmosphere. But while this isn’t the creepiest sounding music, I do think the atmosphere is there, in a much different way than you’d expect. Composer Safan does a decent job with what he is using to create these different elements in the picture, either building suspense or tension, or just a dreamy quality to them.

While I wouldn’t consider it one of my favorites, I do think that it is effective, and even more so within the film itself. It does take one back to the days of those non-orchestrated big symphony scores.

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