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Van Helsing | Alan Silvestri
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Composer 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.

Silvestri switches between genres easily and therefore has become one of the most prolific composers working today.

I discovered his work of the "supernatural" kind on Identity. It was a subconscious work playing along with the film's surreal mental clues.

Here, 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'.

It's 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 Kilar.

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Track List:
1. Transylvania 1887
1:26

2. Burn It Down!
4:46

3. Werewolf Trap
1:53

4.Journey to Transylvania
1:33

5.Attacking Brides
5:02

6.Dracula's Nursery
5:46

7.Useless Crucifix
2:35

8.Transylvanian Horses
3:55

9.All Hallow's Eve Ball
3:01

10. Who Are They to Judge?
2:00

11.Final Battle
6:28


12.Reunited
4:23

Total Time: 42:48

 


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