Soundtrack Reviews

November 24, 2014 | By

FilmMusicReviews_square_pic2014 may be the year in which more composers produced faux soundtrack albums to horror scores than in previous years, and while many really, really embrace the sounds and quirks of John Carpenter, there’s no doubt each effort is an homage and shows genuine affection for not only horror scores of the eighties and early nineties, but specific branches of horror.

Slasher, post-apocalyptic, zombie, ghosts, etc.  are all covered in fake soundtracks that offer a variety of vintage sounds. I’ve covered several in Rue Morgue this year and will re-post a few in the coming weeks, but the latest album – and a really solid effort – is Accursed (2014), from former Evanescence drummer Rocky Gray, which is available digitally from online retailers.

Also covered this week is Elia Cmiral’s Atlas Shrugged Part 3: Who is John Galt? (Atlas Productions), following my recent podcast interview with the composer; and Nu Epiq (Imperativa Records), the latest CD from Trailerhead, whose lead composer, Yoav Goren, I interviewed back in 2012 about writing and producing large-scale orchestral music exclusively for blockbuster movie trailers.

Coming shortly: a pairing of Twilight Time’s new Blu-ray of John Huston’s Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957) with a slightly similar-themed Sea Wife (1957), plus the classic horror films The Blob (1988) and Bloody Birthday (1981).

Depending how much I can squeeze in between editing and some scheduled podcast interviews for an upcoming profile, I might get the first half of my Fabio Frizzi podcast up as well within the next week.




Mark R. Hasan, Editor

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