Hello, today the 184th post of GoldyRhox, classic pop rock in the darklight a singer /filmdirector and composer, a bit of a side step as we're talking soundtrack here. Although this hit soundtrack was recorded with cheap '70s synthesizers, the simple scores composed are acclaimed masterpieces. Our man sets the mood for his horrific movie with such tracks as "The Shape Stalks," "Laurie's Theme," and, of course, his main theme, which consists of the beating out of a 5-4 rhythm. A definite first pick for those interested, this soundtrack even bests most scary music albums.
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For fans of the 1978 classic slasher film, this 20th anniversary soundtrack is a must-have. When the director set out to write his own music for the low budget horror flick, little did we know that he was about to bring us a stirring, gripping score, in the spirit of master suspense composer Bernard Herrmann, himself.
The story of today's mystery movie is pretty familiar to most people, especially to those most likely to look into getting this soundtrack. Michael Myers was a young boy who brutally stabbed and murdered his sister back in 1963. He was taken to a mental hospital and was put under the care of Dr. Sam Loomis (the name being an homage to a character in Hitchcock's "Psycho"). In 1978, Michael Myers breaks free, returns to his hometown of Haddonfield, IL., and terrorizes a teenage babysitter named Laurie Strode. All of the frenzied, harrowing action takes place on Halloween night. The small town setting evokes the loneliness of Autuman well: leaves descend from their trees and blow through the streets, and jack-o-lanterns line the porches of the nice, quiet homes. Michael Myers shatters all of that serenity once night falls. The film is a suspenseful, pulse-pounding exercise in terror and fear. This is all enhanced greatly by its excellent score.
Our mystery man, with just a few sparse notes, manages to interpose urgency, dread, fear, and evil presence, ever so exceptionally into the foreboding film. Visual and aural cues work brilliantly together to form a near-perfect blend of synchronous fright. Michael Myers turns the staircase, the music reflects it. He suddenly sits up, the music is right there. He is spotted across the street from Laurie Strode's school, the score hauntingly emanates. It is simple, but effective.
One should be aware of a couple of things about this this 20th anniversary soundtrack. It is 28 tracks long, and as the score is somewhat simple, there is a bit of repetition involved. Also, the dialogue for each score segment is included on this soundtrack. If you are wanting just the music, then this is not for you. Personally, I think the inclusion of the dialogue adds to the suspense. This soundtrack is a must-have for the *fans* of the film. It is a good companion-piece to the movie. In fact, one could almost say that it *is* the movie. Few scores have been able to so definitively evoke the atmosphere of their films as well as "today's gruesome mystery" has. Sit back, listen, and be scared.
Goldy Rhox 184 (flac 283mb)
Goldy Rhox 184 (ogg 000mb)