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Event Horizon is a 1997 sci-fi/horror movie from British director Paul W.S. Anderson. Most of his films are crap, Event Horizon and the first Resident Evil movie are the only ones I have enjoyed. The film plays up the haunted space ship idea with gory aplomb, and actually gave me sweaty nightmares after I first saw it when I was a teenager. There is some pretty disturbing imagery. It makes me wonder how much worse it would have been, had the studio not gotten cold feet and forced Anderson to cut 30 minutes and a whole lot of gore out of the theatrical release.
The music in the film was a combination of an avant-garde orchestral score from Michael Kamen and electronic dance music from British duo Orbital. Now, within the film this works quite well in my opinion, but there have been a lot of negative reviews in regards to the album. It is important to note that an album is exactly what this is. It does not really represent the music in the film in any logical fashion. The music is not presented in chronological film order or even as individual cues, as most film score fans would prefer. It is presented as four suites that do a mash-up of the two disparate styles. So I think its best to look at this release as an album, and not necessarily a score. Even though I'm not really a fan of Orbital, this album is pretty damn cool. Some have complained that the Orbital contributions take center stage, being much louder than anything else. I can understand that complaint, but honestly it should be expected. We are talking about electronic dance music here, which often is a casualty of the loudness war, but yes the album could have been mixed more equally. I say give this one a listen, you may enjoy it as much as I do. If anything at all, you'll have something freaky to play at your Halloween party next year.
Year of Release: 1997 Label: London Records Catalog Number: 422-828-939-2 Genres: Soundtrack, Horror, Electronic, Avant-garde Format: MP3 Bitrate: 320kbps FLAC upgrade available upon request.
Tracklist: 1. The Forward Decks (14:01) (a) Lewis & Clark, (b) Neptune, (c) Claire, (d) First Containment, (e) Core, (f) Metal, (g) Second Containment, (h) Airlock 2. The Main Access Corridor (12:04) (a) Singularity, (b) Ducts, (c) Turbulence, (d) Medical, (e) Gravity Drive 3. Engineering (13:24) (a) Tomb, (b) Blood, (c) Countdown, (d) Outer Door, (e) Bio Scan 4. The Event Horizon (04:55) (a) Weir, (b) Event Horizon