The Score Report rounds up some Halloween goodies for your party!
It’s the time of year for scary movies, and that means it’s time for spooky scores. If you’re looking for something to make your Halloween party a little special, something that your guests haven’t heard before, look no more! We’ve got you covered. All of these are available digitally now!
REGRESSION – out now digitally and on CD later this year, Roque Baños (who you may know from the EVIL DEAD remake) scores this psychological thriller with Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson. The score uses twelve-tone serialism to keep you on your toes – something you hear a lot in 20th-century classical music, but not a lot in modern film scoring. It means, basically, the the music doesn’t have anywhere to “land” that sounds right – a perfect approach to a movie that’s supposed to keep you uncomfortable, and a great way to add subtle menace to a Halloween gathering.
TALES OF HALLOWEEN – They don’t make anthology films much anymore, and that’s a shame. It’s a great way to present taut stories that don’t need a full-length feature but deserve the audience and budget of cinema. Of course, several short films by several directors means a whole host of composers, as well. The main theme is by the legendary Lalo Schifrin (you probably know him best for Mission: Impossible but he flexed his horror muscles on The Amityville Horror as well), and features scores by Joseph Bishara (The Conjuring), Michael Sean Colin (Killjoy Goes to Hell), Christopher Drake (just, a ton of DC’s animated stuff), Christian Henson (The Devil’s Double), Bobby Johnston (Wristcutters: A Love Story), Jimmy Psycho (The Jimmy Psycho Experiment), Sean Spillane (Jug Face), Edwin Wendler (Unnatural), and Austin Wintory (Dark Summer) This one will be great if you’re looking for some variety.
THE DIABOLICAL – For this multilayered tale of a single mother up against a haunting, Ian Hultquist (Berklee grad and former Passion Pit member) relied heavily on multilayered samples, humming string drones, and eerily scraped, rusting strings. This would be a solid match for a haunted house.
GOOSEBUMPS – Danny Elfman’s trademark ever since Oingo Boingo is music that manages to be cheerful and grim at the same time. There’s a whimsical darkness to it, but it’s still bright enough and melodic enough that you can leave the theater whistling. It’s what makes him such a great match for Tim Burton’s Technicolor Gothic milieu, it makes him an intuitive fit for Goosebumps, and it probably makes for a solid family party, especially if you’re wearing out your copy of Nightmare Before Christmas.
UNNATURAL – Edwin Wendler scores this tale of explorers in Alaska who encounter a genetically-altered polar bear that ravages the group. The scores captures the loneliness and isolation of the
Alaskan wilderness, while also being some of Wendler’s most aggressive. Wendler is no stranger to horror, and with his banged-up piano, strange vocals, and icy electronics, he creates a chilling soundscape for Unnatural.