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Continuing with my Werewolf theme, I present to you Daniel Licht's original motion picture soundtrack to the 1996 horror film "Bad Moon". While Daniel Licht may not be a household name, his name is becoming increasingly more well known among horror enthusiasts. He made his debut in the industry in 1991, composing the score to the vampire-themed horror film "Children of the Night". At this point in his career he primarily composed music for b-movie horror films and low-budget sequels, including Amityville 1992: It's About Time and Amityville: A New Generation (1992 & 1993), Children of the Corn II & III (1992 & 1995), Necronomicon (1994), Thinner (1996) and Hellraiser Bloodline (1996). 1996 was Licht's breakout year, as he composed the scores to three horror films which achieved moderate success, Bad Moon, Thinner and Hellraiser: Bloodline.
He has primarily composed for the television medium since that time though, with the majority of his compositions being written for television films and series. Although he has continued to compose scores for made-for-tv horror films and television series, his music has also appeared in everything from documentaries to playboy channel specials. He has experienced a recent surge in popularity after he was selected to compose the score to the hit television show Dexter, which revolves around a forensic detective who lives a double-life as a serial killer. It remains to be seen as to whether or not Daniel Licht will make a triumphant return to composing scores for horror films. I suppose only time will tell, but in the meantime we can enjoy the gems that he did release while he was firmly entrenched in the horror genre.
Of the aforementioned releases, Bad Moon is one of the few that I have had the pleasure of listening to. The film was considered a flop to many, criticized for its sub-part acting, unconvincing special effects and snubbing traditional werewolf folklore. Fortunately Licht's score turned out to be much more enjoyable than the actual film it was composed for. Licht presents a diverse selection of tracks, with the mood ranging from peaceful and soothing to frantic and sinister. There are a few action-themed tracks, such as "Nepal", which somewhat reminds me of Alan Silvestri's score to Predator. Before composing scores Licht studied Gamelan music abroad on the islands of Bali and Javi. This influence can clearly be heard on the track "Handcuffed", in which Licht implements traditional Gamelan instruments to effectively create some genuinely creepy sounds. The middle of the disc is relatively low-key in comparison. There are a few horror-themed cues, but there are almost ambient in nature. However the pace really picks up toward the end of the soundtrack, and features several intense cues.
To be perfectly honest I don't believe that this soundtrack evokes an overwhelming sense of horror. Yet I feel as if this is a solid soundtrack overall, containing a few noteworthy horror cues, and worthy of being featured along with the rest of the werewolf soundtracks/scores I intend to post. I would like to thank Strange Ranger for providing me with a higher quality version of this soundtrack, which of course is currently out of print and commercially unavailable.
Year of Release: 1996 Label: Silva Catalog #: SSD 1068 Bitrate: 320kbps
Track List: 1. Flying (Main Title) 2. Nepal 3. Man of the House 4. Don't Look Up 5. On The Road 6. Lore of the Werewolf 7. Ted Phones Home 8. Handcuffed 9. The Diary 10. Demise Of A Salesman 11. Piss Off / Claw To Claw 12. Goodbye Thor 13. Brett And Janet 14. The Transformation 15. The Confrontation 16. Ted's Last Trail 17. End Credits