February 2006 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Managing Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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Seed of Chucky  
Music composed by Pino Donaggio
  Available on La-La Land Records (LLLCD 1033)
Running Time: 53:38
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An unlikely return to form from an old favourite of mine, Pino Donaggio produces his best score in many years for what would appear on the face of it to be unpromising material. Yet another sequel to the original, effectively creepy Child’s Play (1988), this one, as the title suggests, features the offspring of the eponymous killer doll. Although the premise sounds rather campy and no doubt the movie itself has something of that tone, the score is refreshingly sincere and inventive, harking back to Donaggio’s best work in the seventies and early eighties. Whilst the music often seems a little old-fashioned by today’s standards, it is individual and clever enough to always hold the attention and features a large number of diverting cues. If you are familiar with the composer’s work, there is much here to summon nostalgic memories of his heyday and if you happen to be new to Donaggio, this will no doubt lead you to discover the treasures buried in his past. The undoubted highlight of a score that really works best as cumulative whole, is the track ‘Glen’s Escape’, a terrific, melodically compelling Hermanesque suspense piece, typical of Donaggio at his very best.

Perhaps this very welcome, but all too rare success only proves that Donaggio’s talent is best utilised for horror/suspense movies that don’t mind employing a lyrical, distinctive, somewhat retro style. I know for my own part I’d be very happy to hear further soundtracks from him in this vein. Let’s hope a few more directors and producers out there agree!

Mark Hockley

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