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"I have looked upon all that the universe has to hold of horror, and even the skies of spring and the flowers of summer must ever afterward be poison to me."
- H.P. Lovecraft
With 26 days left till "Halloween Countdown 2010" comes to an end, there are still plenty of days left for me to deliver more madness and mayhem to you all. Halloween has always been my favorite holiday, and I love having an excuse to celebrate it all month long. In fact, I've been seriously considering having another countdown in December. Since Christmas happens to be my least favorite holiday, I thought that I could go with a sort of "Nightmare Before Christmas" countdown, and post all of the items that I didn't have time to post for the Halloween Countdown. I'm not so sure if I want to use the name "Nightmare Before Christmas Countdown" for obvious reasons, even though it would fit with the idea perfectly. However, I am certain that I would definitely be interested in following through with this if enough people wanted to see it. I know many people enjoy this blog due to the eclectic selection I provide whenever we aren't participating in a special event like Halloween Countdown, so I don't want to burn you out on horror-themed posts.
As I promised in an earlier post, I have something special for all the H.P. Lovecraft fans out there, making this the 11th such post dedicated to Lovecraft. I present to you Carles Cases promo score for Dagon, yet another Stuart Gordon film devoted to the work of Lovecraft. Dagon happens to be one of the very few films based on Lovecraft's work that I remember enjoying a great deal, although it has been years since I have had a chance to watch it, so I hope that it is as good as I remembered it being. I'm amazed at the number of films that have been absolutely terrible and cheesy. It's no wonder that Lovecraft wasn't a big fan of the film medium, and he would have no doubt been absolutely disgusted with some of the horrible adaptations of his work. During his lifetime he was adament about refusing to have his stories adapted to film, stating that the medium was incapable of portraying the sheer terror and insanity injected into a person's mind and soul when they witnessed the blasphemous perversions of nature, which played such an important role in Lovecraft's tales of cosmic-horror. While I wouldn't come close to placing Dagon at the top of my list of favorite movies, it easily ranks as one of the finest films dedicated to Lovecraft's visions.
I found Carles Cases' score to be surprisingly original upon first listening to it. While it managed to avoid many of the cliches that plague your average horror movie score, it still manages to deliver an overall feeling of dread and impending doom. One of the most striking aspects of Cases' score is the liberal use of Gregorian chants thoughtout, although perhaps Lovecraftian chants would be more appropriate in this case. They instill a sense of awe in the listener and give one the feeling that something epic is taking place. A wide variety of traditional instruments are used throughout the score, although sometimes they are used in such a subtle and intelligent manner during the calmer movements of the score that you need to listen closely to distinguish them. They drift in and out as they please, lightly complimenting the underlying textured soundscape, and serve to reinforce the feeling that the listener has entered a world that is both magical and terrifying.
This is far from a subdued score though, and when the same instruments do come to the forefront, they erupt in a very forceful manner. Blasting brass announces the arrival of some terrible presence. The string section emits violent screeching sounds with the stabbing of their bows. The percussion section pounds out tribal rhythms in a juggernaut-like fashion. Cases also does an amazing job of mixing both mechanical and organic sounding noises, blending the traditional instrumentation and chants mentioned above with some of the most foreboding sounds contained in the score. A deep bass-filled "groan" often interjects, and reminds me of a sound that one might here in some nightmarish boiler room. Deep thunderous "booms" startle the listener, demanding their attention.
Somehow Cases was able to seamlessly stitch together all the elements mentioned above, and managed to create an amazingly effective score. At the forefront it has a very uplifting tribal feel to it, supported by a foreboding textured and industrial soundscape that serves as the foundation. I think this score may have a little something for everyone, and I will certainly be keeping an eye on the talented Carles Cases in the future. I would love to hear your opinions of this score, so it you have the time, please leave a comment and let me know what you thought.
You can find my other posts dedicated to H.P. Lovecraft here
Year of Release: 2001 Label: NA / Promo Release Genres: Soundtrack/Score, Horror, Science Fiction Bitrate: 320kbps
Tracklist: 1. Main Title 2. Isla de la Muerte 3. Only Sounds Over Miles 4. At the Hotel 5. Ezequiel's Story 6. Die For Dagon 7. Javier Home 8. Preparing the Sacrifice 9. Dagon Rises 10. Final-Credits