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Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Halli Cauthery
Label: Screamwork Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 24 February 2017

ScreamWorks Records release Halli Cauthery's score for the new Frankenstein adaptation by filmmaker Bernard Rose, best known for directing Candyman. In this modern retelling of Mary Shelley’s classic, the story is told told entirely from the perspective of the Monster. Set in contemporary Los Angeles, the artificially created named Adam is left for dead by a husband-and-wife team of eccentric scientists - yet he lives. As the monster is confronted with nothing but aggression and violence from the world around him. This perfect creation-turned disfigured create must come to grips with the horrific nature of humanity, making us question who the real monster is in the process...

Halli Cauthery takes a modern approach with his score for Frankenstein. However, it's not an album that will age quickly as it's a subtle and rather touching soundtrack.

The album contains 14 tracks (35 min, 25 sec). 'Deserve to Die'; 'Immolation' (which arguably this album's finest track); and 'Control Your Dog' reminded me of Martin O'Donnell's score for Halo 3. Other highlight include 'In Pain' (which was both erie and beautiful); 'Flight'; 'Feeding'; and 'How We Made You' (which revisits 'In Pain').

As an aside, I was really torn by the "clever" use of the title (which incorporates numbers instead of some letters which was all the rage with text messaging in its infancy). "Frankenstein" becomes "Frank3n5t31n", however as most people will be buying this online, and the online retailers have opted, quite wisely, for "Frankenstein" it make you wonder why they bothered. Especially as it makes the film sound like it's at least 10 years out of date.

It's an interesting score that's just different enough to make it worthy of your time.


Darren Rea

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