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This one goes out to George Renieris, who requested this soundtrack back in October. I'm all too happy to share it as part of my ongoing series of werewolf soundtracks. This is Jay Chattaway's second appearance on the blog. You can find his soundtrack to the 1988 horror film Maniac Cop here: http://digitalmeltd0wn.blogspot.com/2010/10/jay-chattaway-maniac-cop-1988-320kbps.html. Chattaway is best known for composing the scores to several of the Star Trek television series, including Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise. My favorite scores from Chattaway happen to be those he composed for several cult movies in the 1980s though, and his score to Silver Bullet happens to my personal favorite from him. The download provided below is a rip from the limited edition CD, of which only 1,000 copies were produced and released. This one sold out quickly and is out of print and unavailable for purchase. The soundtrack was also released on vinyl and cassette around the time the film was originally released, but I couldn't find any information regarding which label released those.
Silver Bullet was a 1995 werewolf-themed horror film based on Stephen King's novella "Cycle of the Werewolf". It's been years since I have seen this film, so I honestly can't comment too much on how well the film has held up over the years. With a couple of exceptions I think this soundtrack has held up well over the years though. The two tracks I am referring to are the tracks containing music from Rob B. Mathes, who is responsible for writing the lyrics and contributing the guitar work and vocals on the track "Joy Ride", along with the reprise version. I could honestly do without these two tracks, and prefer to listen to the soundtrack without them, but I realize that there are many people out there who share a different opinion. I don't feel as if the original Joy Ride is as bad as the reprise, but it still detracts from the overall mood established throughout the album for me. Aside from that small complaint, I believe that this is an amazing soundtrack. I read where one reviewer stated that the music was too over the top for what the film called for. I honestly can't agree or disagree with this statement because I don't have the film to make a comparison, but the soundtrack certainly stands solidly on its own as an amazing piece of work. The orchestral music is extremely powerful, downright epic even. There are several dramatic and suspenseful cues, which have a manic pace to them, bringing to mind the work of Harry Manredini or Bernard Herrmann. The frantic tracks often give way to creepy cues which gradually build a thick atmosphere of suspense, before absolutely exploding. Thrashing strings, exploding brass, and pummeling percussion all erupt into a cacophony of total terror.
Track List: 1. Main Title 2. The Hunt 3. The Ballgame / The Chase 4. Making The Silver Bullet 5. Fight To The Finish 6. The Bog 7. Stella And The Beast 8. Looking For Mr. One-Eye 9. On The Bridge 10. Joy Ride 11. The Reveal 12. Teamwork / Milt's Greenhouse 13. Marty's Apology 14. Transformation / Finale / Joy Ride (Reprise)