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With my last post I shared John Harrison's score to "Creepshow", one of the better horror scores of the '80s that made use of synthesizers to create the majority of the music. This time up I'm presenting another great example of a synth-heavy horror score, Jay Chattaway's score to "Maniac Cop". The '80s produced a slew of slasher flicks full of senseless violence and plotholes galore, and "Maniac Cop" was no exception as they attempted to cash in on the craze. While it didn't manage to avoid the cliches, the complex action scenes throughout the series did help to distinguish it from other horror films of the time. The score by Jay Chattaway certainly didn't hurt either, and I consider it one another great example of a synthesized horror score from the '80s that really shines. Chattaway also composed scores for a couple of other '80s horror flicks, the similarly titled "Maniac", and "Stephen King's Silver Bullet", but avoided the horror genre for the rest of his career. This album was released in 1988 by Phoenix Records, and has long been out of print. As I mentioned in my post from yesterday, I haven't been feeling too well the last couple of days. For those interested, you should be able to find out plenty of information concerning this release online. I apologize for not going more into depth with my review, but hopefully I'll be feeling better soon.
Year of Release: 1988 Label: Phoenix Records Genres: Soundtrack/Score, Horror, Electronic Bitrate: 320kbps
Tracklist: 1. Main Title 2. A Night In The Park 3. Flashback Montage 4. The Chase 5. Morning Train 6. Face Down 7. Sally's Drive 8. On The Ledge 9. Splash Dance 10. Epilogue