Back in 2016, a book came out called Scored to Death: Conversations with Some of Horror’s Greatest Composers, which I finally got around to reviewing in 2018. And then two years after that, in 2020, author J. Blake Fichera released a second volume, continuing his goal of bringing attention to these talented musicians who help enhance the scares and atmosphere in the movies we love. But now, Fichera is taking this one step further, by making a feature length documentary on these composers.
Scored to Death: The Dark Art of Scary Movie Music will be the first feature-length documentary that “explores the fascinating relationship between music and horror cinema.” Starting today, they have launched a Kickstarter campaign that will run through Halloween, hoping to raise the funds to make this project a reality. Production has already started, so fans of movie music need to make sure that it is able to continue.
The documentary will feature the likes of Harry Manfredini of Friday the 13th fame, Charles Bernstein, who created the haunting theme for A Nightmare on Elm Street, Christopher Young to help give music the Clive Barker’s Hellraiser, as well as Charlie Clouser (the Saw series, Dead Silence), Richard Band (Re-Animator, From Beyond), John Massari (Killer Klowns), Alan Howarth (Halloween II, Prince of Darkness), and so many more.
The Kickstarter campaign will have different tiers with a lot of bonus content, that is going to be a must for some soundtrack fans. So either head over to either the Kickstarter page (HERE), or the website scoredtodeath.com, or find them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. But let’s make sure this project is able to be completed and help shine the light on these musicians that help put music to the terror that we are witnessing on screen! And if that is not enough, check out the trailer below to see just how cool this is going to be!