Mr. Cellophane

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Favorite Halloween scores - Day 6.

Despite yesterday, a lot of filmmakers get it right as regards to the mixture of horror and comedy.

8. Young Frankenstein (John Morris) - Perhaps Mel Brooks' finest film for which Morris provided a heartbreaking main theme and some good comic cues.

7. I Sell the Dead (Jeff Grace) - Admittedly, I know very little of this grave-robbing comedy, but Grace's lively score does hint at a promising new talent.

6. Love at First Bite - Bernstein provided this riotous film with a terrific score highlighted by Gypsy violin.

5. Seed of Chucky (Pino Donaggio) - A delightfully ridiculous entry in the Child's Play series, Donaggio's score nicely mixes chills (its circular main theme) with chuckles (the amusing 'twitch' motif).

4. Beetlejuice (Danny Elfman) - Though sedate for a good portion of the film, Elfman's music knows when to cut loose (the main titles, the seance and pretty much everything following that)

3. Dracula: Dead and Loving It (Hummie Mann) - Though not as good as ...First Bite, this film has its moments and Mann's score (highlighted by a powerful main theme) is fantastic.

2. Theatre of Blood (Michael J. Lewis) - Lewis' lush score succeeds by playing up the Shakespearean elements of the film rather than the gore.

1. Gremlins 2: the New Batch (Jerry Goldsmith) - Okay, this is far more comedy than horror, but it does show up on a number of favorites lists, and Goldsmith does a smashing job, expanding the themes from the first movie and engaging in some delightful self-parody.



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