March 2001 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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Scary Movie

How do you score a horror spoof? Should the composer play it straight or perhaps attempt a pastiche that winks at the audience and lets them know that things are not to be taken seriously? Well, I'm at least pleased to say that here David Kitay chose the former and without the benefit of the visuals, it would be very difficult to guess this was actually written for a comedic assault on a genre most recently revived by the Scream franchise. Admittedly, you could argue that the style and structure of the music is almost a parody in itself of every other routine horror film ever produced. But the truth is that Kitay's work is simply a very average thriller score that sticks closely to accepted conventions and offers nothing in any way original or inventive. Of course, I suppose it would be fair to say you can hardly blame someone for delivering exactly what was asked of them. Even so, coupled with its brief running time, I can't really imagine too many people wanting to own a score like this. The music is serviceable but no more than that, but we've heard it all many times before. I can see no good reason why we should be asked to listen to it again.

Mark Hockley.

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