Tuesday, October 31, 2017

IT (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Every once in a while, a movie comes by and takes the audience by storm (no pun intended 😃). For 2017, that movie was IT. 

This highly anticipated film retold the the story about the poor kids from Derry getting terrorized by the demonic clown known as Pennywise. For those of us that grew up seeing the 1990 miniseries, expectations were extremely high for this. And oh man, did IT deliver.

I absolutely loved this movie. Without getting too much into the film itself (since this review is about the soundtrack), I'll just stop at saying it was one of the most enjoyable theater going experiences I've had in YEARS. 

For every movie that we hold dear in our memories, is a brilliant soundtrack to accompany it. Think of movies like Back To The Future, for example. When you think back to every iconic scene in the film, you probably remember the score playing in the background. The same goes for the IT soundtrack.

Benjamin Wallfisch has composed a masterpiece that works hand in hand with this outstanding film. Each track perfectly fits the mood for each scene that it was in. The songs truly capture the terror, the heart, and the drama that each character faced in the film. Perfect example is the track "Georgie, Meet Pennywise". Anyone who knows the story, knows exactly what happens in this scene. Listening to this track takes you through an emotional journey, sending chills down your spine as you imagine the terror that is about to happen in the film. 

Overall, this score (like the movie) takes you through the story of Derry, and all of its heartwarming, funny, and terrorizing moments in a way that you won't forget.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Scared In Jersey at the PNC Bank Arts Center!

On Thursday, October 5th , I was invited to a press event at the opening night for Scared In Jersey.at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. "Scared In Jersey" is a new Halloween themed event created by Bobby Alt, Adam Alt and Frank Zummo of Blood Drums. The event takes the folklore of the Jersey Devil, and starts off with a reenactment of the "birth" of the Jersey Devil, followed by a walk through the haunted Pine Barren Maze, and then ends with a performance by Blood Drums. As a horror fan and someone that loves Halloween, this event was definitely a lot of fun. Everything from the skit that showed the birth of the Jersey Devil to the maze and the Blood Drums performance was worth the trip. The maze had its creepy moments, but nothing that will give you nightmares. And the final performance by Blood Drums was a very intense and energetic way to end the night. The guys from the band were nice enough to invite the fans up for photos on stage after their set. Overall, a great new Halloween attraction for the NJ area. I would like to see them add on to the maze and try to crank up some of the creepy parts in the future. But overall, it was a fun event that I wouldn't mind seeing again!