Soundtrack Review: The Ritual

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The Ritual
Released by Lakeshore Records, 2018

18 Tracks with a Total Running Time of 40 min.
Music Composed by Ben Lovett

When you come down to the basics, there are two kinds of original score soundtracks. One with a collection of musical pieces, orchestrated in a way to create feelings. And then the ones that don’t have melody, or even music really, but just sounds. Not as simple as that, but sounds that also create feelings, usually ones that work their way under your skin, building tension and even terror. That is exactly what Lovett has done with this score.

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Soundtrack Review: The Shape of Water

Shape of Water CD

The Shape of Water
Released by Decca Records, 2017
26 Tracks with a Total Running Time of 77 min.
Music Composed and Conducted by Alexandre Desplat, featuring Renée Fleming

Years ago, the only way a soundtrack could grab my attention, I mean really get a hold of it, was that it had to be creepy sounding. Something like Carpenter’s Halloween theme, or pretty much any of John Harrison’s Creepshow. Or maybe something a little more masculine like Basil Poledouris’ amazing score for Conan the Barbarian. But a score for a drama or even a love story? Seriously? Oh how things have changed. When you really love cinema, every part of it can entrance you, from the way the film looks to the sounds that emit from the speakers. And when you come across a film by a brilliant and master craftsman like Guillermo del Toro, you realize how perfect things can be.

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Soundtrack Review: Saw Anthology

Saw Anthology
Released by Lakeshore Records, 2017
2-Discs with 66 Tracks with a Total Running Time of 1 hr. & 20 min.
Music by Charlie Clouser

It’s kind of amazing that the Saw series has continued for this long and pretty much kept the same plot line throughout them. Whether you like them or not, that is a pretty impressive. Same with composer Charlie Clouser, who has worked on each of the films. He has created a very unique sound and feeling for this series and that theme flows through them all, with a very industrial-sounding feel to them. Which, considering all the mechanical traps and abandoned warehouses the films take place in, it fits perfectly, especially with the main theme popping up in different parts of each movie, usually during the big ending.

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Soundtrack Review: The Shining (1997)

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The Shining (1997)
Released by Varèse Sarabande Records, 2017
3 Discs – 64 Tracks with a Total Running time of 2 hr. 29 min.
Music by Nicholas Pike

Being released for the first time, Varèse Sarabande has unleashed Nicholas Pike’s epic score for the 1997 mini-series version of Stephen King’s The Shining. It’s common knowledge that King wasn’t particularly fond of the movie version of his novel, so with him writing the screenplay and directed by long time King collaborator, director Mick Garris, they made a version that he would be happy with. Pike was in charge of bringing the sense of dread in musical form for the mini-series. And he does a fine job with it too.

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Soundtrack Review: The Stand

The Stand soundtrack

The Stand
Released by Varèse Sarabande Records, 2017

Disc 1 – 16 Tracks with a Total Running Time of 46 min.
Disc 2 – 17 Tracks with a Total Running Time of 42 min.
Music by W. G. Snuffy Walden

It has been years since I’ve seen Stephen King’s The Stand, but can remember there sitting in front of my TV when it first debuted, anxiously awaiting it to start, like millions of other King fans. But since it has been so long, I don’t recall much of the score, other than hearing Blue Öyster Cult’s Don’t Fear the Reaper in the opening minutes, so this was almost like listening to it for the first time. And I have to say, I am amazed that I don’t remember more of this highly entertaining set of music.

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Soundtrack Review: Firestarter

 

Firestarter CD

Firestarter
Released by Varèse Sarabande Records, 2017
11 Tracks with a Total Running Time of 42 min.
Music by Tangerine Dream

Not sure if my introduction to the work of Tangerine Dream was from Risky Business soundtrack. Later one, it was the score they did for Near Dark that really blew me away. But no matter which one you might have heard first, once you did, it was very easy to get hooked on their style and sound. And this score for Firestarter that they did back in 1984 is no different.

The music they came up with for this film is not a horror score at all, but one that is very…almost dreamy, if you will. Although track # 2, The Run, almost sounds like something an ’80s nightclub show, the main part of the score is slow and moody, working its way in the background, weaving its way into your brain.

While it is very recognizable that it is a Tangerine Dream score, I do have to say it’s not one of my favorites.

This was release as part of the Stephen King Collection from Varèse Sarabande Records.

Soundtrack Review: Horror Rises from the Tomb

Horror Rises

Horror Rises from the Tomb / The Killer is One of Thirteen
Released by Quartet Records

17 Tracks with a Total Running Time of 34.13
Music by Carmelo Bernaola & Alfonso Santisteban

Listen up folks, the fact that I even have this chance to review a soundtrack for not one, but TWO Paul Naschy movies is something that I never thought would be possible. Plus the fact that one of the films is the first Naschy flick I had ever seen, and still remains my favorite, Horror Rises from the Tomb. So I am more than a wee bit stoked when this came in the mail.

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