Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Howling - Pino Donaggio
(Full Score/soundtrack)

Here is the full soundtrack by Pino Donaggio for the flick "The Howling". The best, in my opinion, werewolf movie of all time. Fantastic special effects, great looking monsters and a fun "monster movie" story. The score is my favorite of Pino's work, it really seems to capture the feeling of the movie and it's classic creatures.

Although I have to say in recent months I have fallen in love with "An American Werewolf In London", that is a very close second to the Howling, perhaps it's even tie. They both have great stories, scenes, and just both have an overall different tone to each film to make them in my opinion movies that stand on their own and not films that compete... it's late I don't know what I'm trying to say

"You can't tame what's meant to be wild, doc. It just ain't natural. "

Download the soundtrack here!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Horror Movies on the Big Screen in Grand Rapids, MI

Hello all, if any of you are near the Grand Rapids, MI area I wanted to let you know that the Wealthy Theaters is showing a horror movie each week. Below is the list of dates and movies. They really picked some great classics. I'm not affiliated with the Wealthy Theater, but as a horror fan I wanted to bring this to everyone's attention.

Tuesday at 8pm - $3.50 a ticket.
Oct. 14 - The Thing
Oct. 21 - American Werewolf in London
Oct. 28 - Creepshow

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Space Olympics by Andy Samberg from SNL

Ok, this has nothing to do with a movie or tv soundtrack, or even Halloween for that matter, but I'm loving this SNL Digital Short "Space Olympics". I thought it was dumb at first, but it's gotten steadily better and better and now it's just plain genius to me. I have a download of the song below... but just in case you are unfamiliar with the song and video check out the video I have embedded below. It's worth a peek.

Download the song here!

(full score/soundtrack)

Here is the final in my Halloween movie soundtrack posts. John Carpenter's score to the 1978 slasher classic Halloween. Some say this kick started the slasher genre, others disagree with this point. However, I don't think anyone can argue this is one of the best horror films of all time. This is certainly a favorite of mine this time of year. The score is spectacular, very slow paced and moody and haunting. It's one of Carpenter's finest scores.

I'll try to get more horror film scores/soundtracks on here in the coming weeks.

"I watched him for fifteen years, sitting in a room, staring at a wall, not seeing the wall, looking past the wall - looking at this night, inhumanly patient, waiting for some secret, silent alarm to trigger him off. Death has come to your little town, Sheriff."
Download the soundtrack here!

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Computer Problems

Hello all, I wanted to let everyone know that I'm not just neglecting the blog, but my laptop died the other day and posts I had planned are on hold. Including the "Tales From the Darkside" w/voice over I owe R.J.

Rest assured I'll be back in due time.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

In The Mouth Of Madness - John Carpenter
(Full Score)

Sorry I've been gone for so long. A new job and a busier life have kept me from my precious blog. I'll try to get some updates on here in some kind of resonable time in the future. Today I have the John Carpenter score to his film "In The Mouth Of Madness". I haven't seen this flick in some time. From what I recall it wasn't too bad. I really enjoyed the first half, but the second half sort of fell apart to me.

The overall plot is this insurance investigator character played by Sam Neil trying to track down a missing author by the name of Sutter Kane. What Sam Neil finds is that Sutter Kane's horror stories have created a world of their own in which he finds himself trapped in a town called Hobbs End.

I can't say much about the score either, because I've yet to listen to it, but I have to imagine there are some of you out there who are big fans and have been looking for this one. Enjoy!

"I think, therefore you are."

Download the score here!

Monday, April 07, 2008

Less Than Zero - Thomas Newman (Full Score)

Here is the unreleased Thomas Newman score to the 1987 flick "Less Than Zero" starring Robert Downey Jr. and Andrew McCarthy. I actually haven't listened to this score too much so I can't recommend a particular track. This is entering my iTunes rotation very soon though.

As far as the flick goes it's not one of my 80s favorites, it has some nice star power... Jami Gertz is in there. You can see her in the album art there way in the background. I didn't see this flick in it's day and it wasn't until 2001 that I saw it and it really wasn't as good as I was hoping. I guess I was just hoping for more... an 80s "Requiem for a Dream" it's not. Anywho, Thomas Newman's score was never officially released so I'm sure there will be a number of people happy to see this posted here.

""I f#@ked up. I don't have any money. I don't know... I don't know where I'm going to get it.""

Download the score here!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Fright Night - Brad Fiedel - Score

Here is a the follow up to the Fright Night various artists soundtrack I posted. This is the complete score to Fright Night by Brad Fiedel. Just as the VA soundtrack is one of my favorites, so does the score live up to greatness. All 18 tracks from the score are here, plus an additional "suite" track that is kind of cool as well. None of the tracks have titles. If you are a fan of the flick or Brad's music check this one out. Enjoy!

"Welcome to Fright Night! For real."

Download the score here!

Friday, February 29, 2008

Dexter - Main and End themes

Sorry I've been away for a bit. Job interviews beckoned and since getting new job is top priority, the blog was on the back burner for a bit.

I have here the main theme and end credits tracks from the extremely fantastic Dexter television show. If you haven't seen this show yet, I highly recommend it. The main theme was done by Rolfe Kent and the end credits are from Daniel Linct. Daniel scores the entire show as well. If you are a fan of the show's great music pick up the full Dexter soundtrack for your listening pleasure Enjoy!

Download the themes here!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Sex & The City and Six Feet Under main themes

Ok, I'm back and on to my TV show themes series of posts I said I would have. Here are two HBO themes to tie into the last OZ theme I posted. Today I have the "Sex and the City" main theme and the "Six Feet Under" main theme.

Also, I have an extra theme in this download for folks who watched HBO back in the day. I don't want to get your hopes up with thinking is it the "Dream On" theme or "Fraggle Rock", but it's a theme that brings back memories to me. Enjoy!

Download the themes here

Friday, February 08, 2008

HBO's OZ - main theme

Since I was on this Wizard of Oz kick lately, I thought I'd transition my Oz posts to my next series of posts... TV main themes. The first theme I have here is for the HBO series OZ (very fitting I thought). Which, if you don't know is a 6 season running prison drama, which is one of the best shows you can find out there, at least the first 3 seasons are and then it begins to lose some steam and get a bit crazy, but still an enjoyable show. All the characters are so well played it feels like you are watching a real prison world, not that I know what prison is like, but I'm damn sure I don't want to know from first hand experience. The show takes place inside an experimental section of the Oswald Penitentiary. This section of the prison is named "Emerald City", I guess since the nickname for the prison is OZ, it was only fitting to name the section something from the Wizard of Oz.

This is the title track that plays during the opening credits and it's a track that just sticks in my head long after I've watched an episode. The music in the show was done by David Darlington & Steven Rosen so I'm guessing they put this theme together. Enjoy!

Download the main theme here

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Return to OZ - David Shire
Full Soundtrack

As promised in my last post (if you were able to make it though that novel), I have here the complete soundtrack to the film Return to Oz. The score was done by David Shire and is quite an entertianing score to this film. The first track off this ablum is also my favorite, it goes from happy we are in Kansas to a darker threatening theme as Dorthy is being taken to an institution to help deal with her memories of Oz, which Aunt Em believes to be a pyschosis of some kind.

Well, I touched on it in the last post, this film really seems to capture the feeling of the Oz books, a little strange, funny and much darker that the previous film, as you can see by the quote below. It is one of my all time favorite flicks and Fairuza Balk plays Dorthy superberly, she doesn't try to emulate Judy Garland, but plays Dorthy her way. If you haven't seen this one, give it a shot. Anywho, Enjoy the soundtrack! (Note: I've included a bonus track here called Return to Oz performed by Victoria Wood.

"Not beautiful you understand, but you have a certain prettiness, different from my other heads. I believe I'll lock you in the tower for a few years until your head is ready. And then I'll take it."

Download the full soundtrack here!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

The Wizard Of Oz
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

I'm recently reading the book "Wicked", the book about the Wicked Witch of the West, before she was the famous witch. I have to say it's quite an amazing book and really is stirring up my interst in the Wizard of Oz again, and that being said since this is a soundtrack blog it's time to post a Wizard of Oz soundtrack. This is the 26 track album labeled as "Selections From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". There is another 2 disc set that has even more tracks from the film for the hard core fan, but for someone like myself this soundtrack has all the "hits" and even some extened tracks and tracks that didn't make the cut in the final flim.

Speaking of the film, I have to say although it's hugely well known even today and perhaps even called classic to many, it s as a film based on a book falls a bit flat for me. As a stand alone flim not being compared to the book, then it's enjoyable, but I'm saying, READ the books if you haven't, they are much darker and have some very interesting things that didn't make it into the final film. Thankfully many, many years later the film "Return to Oz" came out and that captured the tone and look of the books very well. If you look at the illustrations from the books, you'll see how similar the classic characters look, but not only that the tone is much darker and dare I say scarier than the previous film (flying monkeys aside). My next post will be the score to the "Return to Oz" film. Well, for now enjoy the original Oz soundtrack! As an added bonus I have included the Lux Radio Show's Christmas radio performance of the Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland. If you a fan of old-time radio I think you'll enjoy it. It's heavily based on this film version.

"Who killed my sister? Who killed the Witch of the East? Was it you? "

Download the full soundtrack here.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

RE-UP - Christopher Young - Hellraiser (Full Score)

This post is for StrangeRanger, enjoy!

Here is the complete score to the movie Hellraiser by Christopher Young. A great 80s horror score when many films at that time were doing more synth heavy stuff. I love the snyth stuff, but Young produced a fantastic score performed by an orchestra, which really gave some great atomosphere to the film. This movie by far was my favorite of the Hellraiser series, and I hear that Clive Barker himself will be re-making sometime soon, so that will be interesting.

Also, if you are interested in the scores for Hellraiser 2 & 3 check out the fantastic Vinnie Rattolle's Records blog for those as well as Christopher Young's score for "Flowers In the Attic".

"I thought I'd gone to the limits. I hadn't. The Cenobites gave me an experience beyond limits... pain and pleasure, indivisible.".

Download the full score here

Friday, January 04, 2008

RE-UP - Night of the Living Dead (1990)
Paul McCollough (full score)

Re-up (1-9-08) for reader LivingDeadGirl!

Here is Paul McCollough's score to the "Night of the Living Dead" remake from director Tom Savini. The score has some nice cues in it, my favorite track is "Passage to Normal". This is one of those strange remakes that I don't hate, but I don't love either. I just enjoyed it from the perspective of seeing what Tom Savini could do with the NOTLD idea and what modern make-up effects could bring to this story. From a make-up perspective I really like the look of the zombies in this one as opposed to the ones seen in Dawn of the Dead (original) and Day of the Dead (original). Not that those movies aren't classics. Anyway enough of my rambling on about the flick. What about the score?

From what I've researched this was a soundtrack released a few years back and limited to 3000 individually numbered copies, so from a collectors standpoint, there are not many out there. Also Paul McCollough actually re-recorded the score for this CD release. He had the original masters from what was used in the film, but felt he could improve on what he did originally, so this is release is the reworked score. "They" say that even a hard core fan of the film and soundtrack would have a hard time telling apart the film soundtrack from this verision. I haven't seen the movie enough to tell myself.

"I'm not so sure going down that basement's such a smart move."

RE-UP Download the full album here!