Sunday, October 26, 2008

(Horror) movie of the day

I managed to finally watch A Nightmare on Elm Street today. It's a pretty good story and there are lots of things about about it that would be good and creepy... except for the music. A creepy movie situation is MUCH less creepy when the cheesy 80s synthesizer music announces how creepy the situation is. Sigh. I'd love to see this one remade - or at least re-scored - with better, creepier music.

I love horror movies so much! But I can't tell you how frustrating it is to be watching a horror movie that has a good story with decent enough acting ... and then to be shocked out of the creepy horror move by stupid, intrusive, loud, cheesy music! Scoring a movie isn't rocket science. Bad music makes a movie much worse while good music - which is unobtrusive and sets the scene without overpowering it - can make a mediocre move much, much better. You'd think that movie producers would understand that the music is such an integral part of a movie, and especially of a horror movie.


Anonymous said...

I am totally with you on that! Music can be a real turn-off and not just in movies. I've stopped watching some series on tv even though I love their concept. I really detest when they try to wind up the program with someone singing sappy lyrics.

Every once in a while I'll check back in on an old favorite but if I hear lyrics - I'm gone again. It just destroys the whole program for me.

Ok. Done my rant :)
Love, Mom

Robin said...

LOL! I remember Nightmare being a very good movie! But I saw it when 80s synthesizers were, well, in style :) I liked the movie a lot because I hadn't seen anything with that plot line before.

Music can ruin a movie or show. It should be so subtle that it creates ambiance and helps with escalation. I think, anyway.