The Definitive Horror Movie Music Collection

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Just in time for Halloween 2009 comes this massive compilation of re-recorded background music for films and TV shows with horror themes, 60 tracks on four CDs running more than four-and-a-half hours. The tracks are drawn from Silva Screen Records' extensive library of rerecordings, most of them performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Compiler Rick Clark has stretched the definition of horror to include movies with supernatural aspects that may not be "horror" movies per se serial killers, e.g., Zodiac and TV's Dexter, also make the cut, as it were. But then, when is a "horror" movie really a monster movie Cloverfield? Or a science-fiction movie ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Just in time for Halloween 2009 comes this massive compilation of re-recorded background music for films and TV shows with horror themes, 60 tracks on four CDs running more than four-and-a-half hours. The tracks are drawn from Silva Screen Records' extensive library of rerecordings, most of them performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Compiler Rick Clark has stretched the definition of horror to include movies with supernatural aspects that may not be "horror" movies per se serial killers, e.g., Zodiac and TV's Dexter, also make the cut, as it were. But then, when is a "horror" movie really a monster movie Cloverfield? Or a science-fiction movie Sunshine? or a fantasy movie Pan's Labyrinth? or an adventure movie The Mummy? or a mystery movie The Sixth Sense? or a thriller movie Dressed to Kill? or a romantic movie The Witches of Eastwick? or an action movie Predator? or a comedy movie Ghostbusters, Young Frankenstein? or a suspense movie Duel? Here, they all come under the heading of horror, and by defining the term loosely, Clark has expanded the types of music that can be included. This isn't all slashing strings, by any means. In fact, there's only one track composed by Bernard Herrmann, and it's not Psycho! Another curious programming decision is the more-or-less reverse-chronological order in which the tracks are sequenced. This means that one hears music from The Mummy Returns before The Mummy, Aliens before Alien, Exorcist II: The Heretic before The Exorcist, and, most problematical, Halloween II before Halloween since director/composer John Carpenter and composer Alan Howarth's Halloween II theme is an elaboration of Carpenter's original theme for Halloween. But, for some reason, the suite from Hellraiser immediately precedes that for Hellbound: Hellraiser II. Also, in many cases, the cues come from remakes, notably King Kong, War of the Worlds, The Mummy, Village of the Damned, and The Thing. Music from both versions of The Haunting is featured. And there are tracks from two different movies called Dracula as well as the versions of the same story called Bram Stoker's Dracula, Dracula, Prince of Darkness, and Nosferatu, and even one called Taste the Blood of Dracula, which is the fourth of the Hammer studio's films starring Christopher Lee. All of this is to say that, while lengthy, the collection isn't so much "definitive" as a sort of warehouse-cleaning effort in which Clark has used everything from the vault that could conceivably be included under the definition of "horror" music from previous Silva Screen projects of, say, the music of composers John Williams four selections and Jerry Goldsmith five selections. But whether or not one accepts the "horror" premise, the collection functions as a backwards history of ominous-sounding movie music, starting with contemporary composers like Christopher Young three selections and James Newton Howard two selections, and ending with legends like Franz Waxman and James Bernard six selections, all on the fourth disc. Great movie composers such as Ennio Morricone make surprising appearances Exorcist II: The Heretic, really!, and so does a great classical composer Béla Bartók, typically sampled by director Stanley Kubrick for The Shining. For the most part, this is orchestral music, but rock sneaks in here and there, including, curiously enough, the work of George Thorogood whose "Bad to the Bone," used in Christine, is re-created as an instrumental by Nick Watson. If the album really does present a true history, then the '70s was a sort of golden age of horror movie music, particularly in the hands of Carpenter five selections, whose subtle, simple theme for Halloween remains a terrifying piece of music, whether one recalls its use in the movie or not.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/13/2009
  • Label: Silva America
  • UPC: 738572128821
  • Catalog Number: 1288
  • Sales rank: 177,994

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 End Titles (7:15)
  2. 2 Edward at Her Bed (Bella's Lullaby) (3:32)
  3. 3 Eli's Theme (2:42)
  4. 4 Roar! (5:35)
  5. 5 Adagio in D minor (4:27)
  6. 6 Graysmith's Theme (2:55)
  7. 7 Dexter: Main Title (1:44)
  8. 8 The Labyrinth (4:02)
  9. 9 King Kong / The Venture Departs / It’s Deserted / Central Park / The En (13:46)
  10. 10 Suite (7:29)
  11. 11 Hello Zep (3:01)
  12. 12 In the House - In a Heartbeat (4:21)
  13. 13 This Is Going to Hurt (2:51)
  14. 14 Main Theme (5:24)
  15. 15 Vide Cor Meum, aria (for the film Hannibal) (3:01)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Sand Volcano / Love Theme (2:55)
  2. 2 End Titles (3:12)
  3. 3 The Carousel / End Titles (2:55)
  4. 4 Malcolm Is Dead (5:22)
  5. 5 Theme (1:04)
  6. 6 March of the Children - Gareth Williams (6:34)
  7. 7 The Storm (4:24)
  8. 8 Prologue / Building the Deathcaster (4:31)
  9. 9 Dance of the Witches (4:37)
  10. 10 Main Theme (3:58)
  11. 11 Main Title / Resurrection (5:54)
  12. 12 Main Title / Headless Wizard / Looking Through a Window (8:43)
  13. 13 Main Theme - Nick Watson (3:24)
  14. 14 Prelude / Ripley's Rescue (5:54)
  15. 15 Main Theme (3:14)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Main Theme - Mark Ayres (4:15)
  2. 2 Bad To The Bone - Nick Watson (4:55)
  3. 3 Main Theme (4:20)
  4. 4 Main Theme - Gareth Williams (4:30)
  5. 5 Main Theme - Gareth Williams (4:33)
  6. 6 Main Theme - Gareth Williams (3:59)
  7. 7 The Gallery (6:02)
  8. 8 [Excerpt] (7:02)
  9. 9 Main Titles / Storm (4:52)
  10. 10 Main Theme (4:00)
  11. 11 End Title (3:45)
  12. 12 Main Theme - Gareth Williams (2:39)
  13. 13 Main Theme (2:54)
  14. 14 Main Theme - Mark Ayres (6:05)
  15. 15 Regan's Theme (2:40)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Ave Satani (3:56)
  2. 2 Transylvanian Lullaby (4:08)
  3. 3 [Excerpt] - Mark Ayres (6:02)
  4. 4 The Cafe / Truck Attack (5:08)
  5. 5 The Young Lovers / Ride to the Ruined Church (6:27)
  6. 6 Lullaby (2:41)
  7. 7 Suite (5:34)
  8. 8 The Power of Evil (2:04)
  9. 9 Suite (5:07)
  10. 10 The History of Hill House (4:35)
  11. 11 Main Title / Finale (7:28)
  12. 12 Main Theme (3:33)
  13. 13 Main Theme (2:05)
  14. 14 Creation of the Female Monster (8:41)
  15. 15 Overture (3:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nic Raine Conductor
Gareth Williams Human Whistle, Track Performer
Mark Ayres Track Performer
Kenneth Alwyn Conductor
Paul Bateman Conductor
Neil Richardson Conductor
Nick Watson Track Performer
Crouch End Festival Chorus Choir, Chorus
James Fitzpatrick Conductor
Wills Morgan Tenor (Vocal)
Charlotte Kinder Soprano (Vocal)
Prague Philharmonic Orchestra Ensemble
Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Lucie Svehlová Violin
London Music Works Ensemble
Michigan Music Works Ensemble
Yvetta R. Tannenbergerova Soprano (Vocal)
Crouch End Children's Chorus Children's Chorus
The Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra Ensemble
Lucie Svelhová Violin
City of Prague Philharmonic Chorus Choir, Chorus
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Philharmonia Orchestra Ensemble
Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Béla Bartók Composer
Dimitri Tiomkin Composer
Franz Waxman Composer
Elmer Bernstein Composer
Jerry Goldsmith Composer
Danny Elfman Composer
Mike Oldfield Composer
George Thorogood Composer
James Newton Howard Composer
Joseph LoDuca Composer
John Williams [composer] Composer
Dave Davies Composer
Patrick Cassidy Composer
Charles Bernstein Composer
James Horner Composer
Carter Burwell Composer
John Carpenter Composer
Rick Clark Producer, Mastering
Pino Donaggio Composer
Billy Goldenberg Composer
Bernard Herrmann Composer
Alan Howarth Composer
Ennio Morricone Composer
John Murphy Composer
Mike Ross-Trevor Engineer
David Shire Composer
Alan Silvestri Composer
John Luard Timperley Engineer
Gareth Williams Mastering
Christopher Young Composer
Hans Zimmer Composer
Wojciech Kilar Composer
Fred Myrow Composer
Malcolm Seagrave Composer
James Bernard Composer
Nerf Herder Composer
David Wishart Producer
Humphrey Searle Composer
John Morris Composer
Krzysztof Komeda Composer
James Fitzpatrick Producer
Jan Holzner Engineer
Damien Doherty Artwork
Michael Giacchino Composer
Rolfe Kent Composer
Henning Lohner Composer
Javier Navarrete Composer
Charlie Clouser Composer
Reynold da Silva Executive Producer
Mike Tross-Trevor Engineer
Gerard Schurmann Composer
Martin Tillner Composer
Malcolm Seagrave Composer
Johan Soderqvist Composer
Fred Myrow Composer
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