Soundtrack Review: Big Bad Wolves

 

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Big Bad Wolves
Released by Moviescore Media, 2014

18 Tracks with a total running time of 54:16 min.
Music Composed by Frank Ilfman

When I first got this soundtrack to review, I hadn’t even heard of this movie, or even the composer. After reading the synopsis of it, it did have me intrigued. What is fascinating is that for a movie that has a pretty brutal storyline, about a father torturing a man who think believe is responsible for the sadistic murder of his child, the soundtrack that accompanies it is oddly enough very beautiful. Though there are tracks that do give you a hint of what this movie is about, such as in the track Scream for Me. This starts out slowly before building up the pace and volume, raising the tension as it does.

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Soundtrack Review: Killing of the Dolls / Necrophagus

 

Killing of the Dolls / Necrophagus
Released by Quartet Records, 2017

24 Tracks with a Total Running Time of 53 min. Music Composed and Conducted by Alfonso Santisteban

First and foremost, major kudos to Quartet Records for releasing this double soundtrack on CD. I remember seeing Necrophagus, under the title Graveyard of Horror years ago on VHS, and I never would have even thought that someday I would be able to have the soundtrack of this rare title on CD! And now here it is on a double feature soundtrack with Killing of the Dolls, another score by Alfonso Santisteban. Wonders never cease. But let’s get to the scores.

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Soundtrack Review: Killer Klowns Re-Imagined

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Killer Klowns from Outer Space: Re-Imagined
Released by Varèse Sarabande, 2018
21 Tracks with a Total Running Time of 61 min.
Music from the film by John Massari

When you have a great score for a movie that you just happen to love and have seen many, many times, I tend to get a bit nervous when I hear the score has been “re-imagined”. Some of the sounds and themes are something you remember when from watching the film, so to change those in anyway can make a noticeable difference. Fortunately, any differences here weren’t enough to take away from the enjoyment of what this is…a re-imagining.

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Soundtrack Review: Let the Right One In

 

Let the Right One In Soundtrack

Let the Right One In
Release by Moviescore Media
21 Tracks with a Total Running Time of 46 min.
Music composed by Johan Soderqvist

Seeing this movie the first time, the music blended in so well, that I didn’t even realize how effective it was until I had gotten the score and listened to it by itself. Wow.

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Soundtrack Review: Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories Soundtrack

Ghost Stories
Released by Varèse Sarabande, 2018

40 Tracks with a Total Running Time of 60 min.
Music by Frank Ilfman

With a title like Ghost Stories, you can pretty much tell, or at least hope, that the score will be filled with creepiness to chill your spine. Unfortunately this score is not like that, at least in the traditional sense. There is nothing where it seems like the composer said, “okay, here comes the creepy part!”. But instead, he fills out this long release with some very somber and quiet pieces, a lot with piano, that still is able to build a nice sense of atmosphere. It might not be overtly creepy, but it still has its fingers in there.

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Soundtrack Review: Creepshow

Creepshow
Released by La-La Land Records
First in 2003 & then again in 2014 in an expanded edition

Original release has 14 tracks with a Total Running Time of 1:06:49 min.
Expanded release has 48 tracks with a Total Running Time of 75 min.
Composed and Performed by John Harrison

George Romero and Stephen King made this movie as a homage to the old EC Comics of the ’50s, such as Tales from the Crypt and Vault of Horror. Listening to Harrison’s score for this movie is just like reading through the comics yourself. The eerie sounds both in and around the music is incredible, making this one of my favorite scores of all time. Granted, the film itself in one of my favorites, so the music just adds to that.

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