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This is a promo release for two scores by Charles Bernstein, known to me by his iconic score for A Nightmare On Elm Street. Yet another Stephen King treat is served up with Cujo, a film that probably scarred me for life when I saw it as a youngster. A once lovable Saint Bernard slowly transforms into a rabid instrument of Karma, ferociously dispatching a string of mostly unlikable characters. Watching this movie, it probably won't be apparent until later that you are watching a horror film. It is in part due to the score which follows what I like to call the "JAWS" formula. John Williams created music for that film which often didn't match the onscreen action very well. There are scenes where the music plays quite light-heartedly when it should be revving up the tension. The first half of Bernstein's Cujo plays it quite classy and pretty, with zero hints of horror or suspense. Halfway through Cujo things begin to get dark, and it is from this point on that Bernstein shows his horror chops on this release. As for The Covenant, I have never seen it, and IMDB doesn't even have a page for it. About the music, I can say it fits perfectly with the Nightmare Before Christmas theme. Bernstein sticks mostly to orchestral arrangements with elements of mystery, suspense and horror, and the occasional choral accompaniment or electronic creepiness. He pays tribute to the late great Jerry Goldsmith and his score for The Omen with the funny parenthetical titles on the main and end titles. If anyone has any information on the film this score comes from, please comment.
Year of Films Release: 1983/1985 Label: N/A, Promo Catalog #: CBPRO - 001 Genres: Soundtrack/Score, Horror, Electronic Format: MP3 Bitrate: 320kbps
Track List: 1-13 from Cujo 1. Theme From Cujo (02:41) 2. Main Title - The Hunt (02:15) 3. Main Title - The House (02:11) 4. Bedtime Poem (01:59) 5. Cujo & Boy (01:21) 6. End Of The Day (02:58) 7. Foggy Morning Cujo (02:12) 8. Cujo Dark (02:35) 9. Cujo Pulse (01:15) 10. Entrance To Isolation (03:09) 11. A Very Bad Dog (03:09) 12. Dog Attacks (03:56) 13. End Titles (02:42) 14-25 from The Covenant 14. Main Title (Ave Goldsmith) (02:10) 15. The Legend Of The Damned (02:30) 16. Slow Death In Ballard (02:25) 17. The Seduction (02:06) 18. The Unholy Of Mercer Island (02:30) 19. Darkness Falls In Wallingford (00:56) 20. Voices Of The Damned (02:16) 21. Fife Demons (03:17) 22. Death Of A Friend (01:53) 23. The Summoning (00:46) 24. The Black Lake (04:59) 25. Finale/End Title (Jerry Satani) (01:35)