Helsing | Alan Silvestri
an emily blunt soundtrack review
Alan Silvestri is probably best known for his three Back to
the Future(s) scores, which got him two Grammys, and his triumphantly
sprinkled score for The Mummy Returns - but that's about
a tenth of the man's resume.
switches between genres easily and therefore has become one of
the most prolific composers working today.
discovered his work of the "supernatural" kind on Identity.
It was a subconscious work playing along with the film's surreal
for Van Helsing, Silvestri takes the old themes we've come
to expect from a "Dracula"-ey film and updates them.
There's plenty of religious chants one suspects are Latin-against-evil
and orchestra crescendos. And the titles like 'Werewolf Trap,
and 'Dracula's Nursery' help paint one's imagination, painting
an audio story within our minds as we head to the 'Final Battle'
track and finally 'Reunited'.
a beautiful CD with many highlighting notes making it a mandatory
purchase for soundtrack collectors. But, I would have liked to
hear Silvestri break away from the fluffier tried-and-true blockbuster
notes in a few selections; go a bit darker. Then again Van
Helsing is a romping modern-epic studio film I suppose, based
on Dracula's arch nemesis Mr. Goody Two Shoes vampire hunter and
it's not trying to be a F.F. Coppola down-to-the-roots version
of Vlad's biopic scored in the cello's more macabre mood by Wojciech
on the composer here->
1. Transylvania 1887
Burn It Down!
3. Werewolf Trap
Hallow's Eve Ball
Who Are They to Judge?