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About The Movie
In Goosebumps, upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah, living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach's comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine, the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange, he is a prisoner of his own imagination the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it's suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong. Based on the hugely successful children's horror fiction novellas, Goosebumps stars two-time Golden Globe® nominee Jack Black, Dylan Minnette (Lost) and Odeya Rush (The Giver) and opens in theaters nationwide on October 16, 2015
About The Music
Having composed music for over thirty films, Grammy Award® winner Danny Elfman is best known for his scores for the majority of Tim Burton's movies including Batman, Batman Returns, Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice. Elfman composed the music for all three Men In Black movies which earned him one of his Academy Award® nominations. Most recently, he composed the music for Avengers: Age of Ultron and the score music for Fifty Shades of Grey and Silver Linings Playbook. Elfman is also known for his television work, composing the theme songs for The Simpsons and Desperate Housewives (for which he won an Emmy Award®), and as the leader of the rock band Oingo Boingo. Nominated for 11 Grammy Awards®, 4 Academy Awards®, and 3 Golden Globe® Awards, Elfman is one of Hollywood's hottest film composers.
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.61 x 4.96 x 0.38 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Manufacturer : SONY MASTERWORKS
- Original Release Date : 2015
- Run time : 1 hour and 4 minutes
- Date First Available : August 19, 2015
- Label : SONY MASTERWORKS
- ASIN : B0126DJ14O
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #123,992 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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When listening to "Goosebumps", Elfman fans can quickly identify the familiar sound the composer incorporates into his scores. Elfman uses musical tools like bells, chimes, choral voices, "march like" percussion and the bass clarinet like a master. His use of these become a musical fingerprint for the composer and for those who have been listening to his music over the years will recognize his distinctive tone. Another thing that I've always liked about Elfman is his ability to develop a great theme and not being scared to use it throughout the movie. The score opens with "Goosebumps" (track 1) and it is here that we first hear the Elfman theme. It isn't the TV show theme...so don't go expecting that one. This theme really establishes the mood of the score which I would sum up as being spooky, fun, comic, and adventurous. One very unique instrument that Elfman incorporates into this theme is one that is usually associated with early science fiction movies. The Theremin, with it's high pitched tones, adds a really cool "spooky" sound to the theme and Elfman uses it in various moments throughout the score. You'll find the main theme decorating the music all along the way and this makes some of the more action oriented pieces a lot more interesting to listen to on their own away from the film.
I haven't seen the movie yet, but it must hit the ground running because there is a lot of action music here. These particular sequences are like musical roller coasters with plenty of big drops, fast turns, and barrel rolls all along the way. All of the "stuff" that Elfman throws into these pieces is what makes them fun to listen to. There are also so great slower moments in the score as well like "Camcorder", "Confession", "Ghost Hannah", and "Hannah's Back". These are nice little emotional bits that Elfman treats nicely with strings, piano, and woodwinds. The movie must not have a lot of time for it however because they are quick.
Tracks 18-29 are labeled as bonus material and I found these to be some of the most interesting pieces on the album. A few of these pieces sound more character oriented, lighter, and slightly comic. Others are more action/escape music like "Werewolf" and "Fun House" that do a pretty good job of giving you the mental visuals as to what is happening to the characters dealing with these obstacles along the way.
The CD contains 29 tracks and runs 1 hour and 5 minutes. It is released through Sony Classical and contains an 8 page insert that has photos, orchestra credits, production credits, and track listings. I really like the cover art on this one too.
"Goosebumps" certainly has the Elfman sound to it and fans who have been enjoying his work over the years will appreciate this. He's developed a great theme for the score and he cleverly uses it, as well as, other unique instrumentation to keep things interesting. While maybe not as emotionally thematic as a "Edward Scissorhands" or sing song like "Nightmare Before Christmas", this is a score that fits this type of film well and is enjoyable to listen to on it's own. I recommend.
Danny Elfman has done fabulous scores for films in the past be it Batman, Spider-Man and a majority of Tim Burton Films, this one has really fast paced music and I absolutely love the score.
The title track gets the album off to a rollicking start (although it’s actually the end title piece) as it introduces the main theme, a fun suspense theme with a touch of theramin. “Ferris Wheel” is a very lovely piece, which introduces a theme for the female protagonist, Hannah. Of course, as stated earlier, this primarily an action movie and there’s no shortage of action material. It starts with “To the Resuce”, but really kicks in with “Ice Rink”, the film’s first big action set piece underscoring the young protagonists’ encounter with the Abominable Snowman of Pasadena. There’s a lot of action pieces in this score. My favorite of the pieces is “Lawn Gnomes”, which he introduces a devilishly fun motif for the miniature creatures that, while it’s no “Gremlin Rag” or even his own Martian march, is a joy to listen to and he certainly has fun with the material. “They’re Here” and “Farewell” are the score’s final action pieces. “Credits” closes out the first half of the album with the opening title version of theme.
As for the bonus tracks, the one’s that are the most important are “The Books” and “Fun House”, as they do a great job of developing the thematic material, and “The Twist” is a nice capper. Other than that, it’s more of the same.
While it doesn’t have a memorable main theme, this is one of the best scores Elfman has written in years due to it's sheer energy.
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Per chi ama questo grande compositore, non si può non comprare questo ultimo capolavoro.