" You're even more COOL, Djawadi" "
Written by Thomas Glorieux
- Review of
the regular release
Fright Night, the delicious 1985 horror movie about a boy who discovers his neighbor might be a vampire got a remake in 2011. Of course it got a remake, everything today gets a remake. What was special about this remake was that it barely got it budget back at the box office, despite getting good reviews from audiences and critics. The special thing about the music was, people didn't have the chance to hear Brad Fiedel's music of the 1985 movie before Djawadi's music aired in mid august (it was released months after this release). Now that both are finally available, one thing is clear. Djawadi actually wins this one.
I know, the man who made a mediocre and completely forgettable effort for Clash of the Titans and made us run away with The Unborn actually delivered something worthwhile here. Worthwhile considering the low expectations and considering the sometimes entertaining value of Fright Night. For once his suspenseful cello (which also worked overtime on Clash of the Titans) works, and his use of organ is at times deviously effective. "Welcome to Fright Night" is a short bag of fun, "A Terrible Vampire Name", "400 Years of Survival", "That's a Mighty Big Cross" and the delightful "Gotta Light" draws its inspiration from the classic Bram Stoker's Dracula score (Wojciech Kilar), "How to Kill a Vampire" feels much more at home here with its rocking attitude and delightful organ than it did on Clash of the Titans, and the delightful rhythmic cellos in "No House, No Invitation", "Let's Kill Something" and "I Can Hear you Breathe" fuel the Fright Night excitement so much easier. And to top it off, Djawadi lets his organ and cello's go berserk on the tempo of the score, this in the utterly enjoyable "Fright Night", one guilty pleasure for sure.
The movie's much scarier and action packed than the original one, that's at least evident when listening to Djawadi's music. But somehow his atonal attacks, his suspenseful moments and his delightful use of the organ and cello feels and breaths a lot more like Fright Night than it did for Clash of the Titans. I also have to say that due to the rhythmic tone and Wojciech Kilar's influence, the score sounds a whole lot more approachable than Brad Fiedel's version, and once again is this a positive surprise. I wasn't expecting much, but Fright Night just makes for entertaining listening, and above all fitting music. And with an end credits piece that surely has to go on the compilation of 2011, it makes Fright Night all the more rewarding.
1. Welcome to Fright Night (1.13)
2. There's a Lot of Bad People Out There (1.02)
3. Jerry's Date (5.11)
4. A Terrible Vampire Name (2.46)
5. We Could Rock This Evil Thing Together (3.44)
6. Is That a Stake? (1.21)
7. 400 Years of Survival (3.09)
8. How to Kill a Vampire (1.42)
9. Just Hit Me (1.27)
10. No House, No Invitation (3.44)
11. That's a Mighty Big Cross (2.48)
12. Let's Kill Something (1.00)
13. Go Get the Authorities (1.58)
14. I Can Hear You Breathe (2.56)
15. I'm All Out of Beer (3.49)
16. A Garlicky Omelet (1.20)
17. Enough With the Vampires (3.09)
18. Gotta Light (2.48)
19. Don't Do Anything I Wouldn't Do (1.12)
20. Fright Night (4.12) Excellent track
Total Length: 50.31