The Last House on the Left

The Last House on the Left

by John MurphyJohn Murphy


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Filmmaker Wes Craven, who directed the original 1972 version of The Last House on the Left, returns as a co-producer of the 2009 remake directed by Dennis Iliadis, a film with at least a slightly higher budget than its predecessor, which allowed Iliadis to engage composer John Murphy to write the score. Murphy contributes the sort of music that might be expected for such a thriller, mixing acoustic strings with synthesizers to create suspenseful cues that occasionally divert from building up tension to sudden climaxes as the scary parts of the movie kick in. Murphy's main theme ("Opening Titles"), with its acoustic guitar, sounds like the beginning of a power ballad by a heavy metal band from the 1980s, and he also mixes in rock-like riffs here and there in "The Boathouse" and "John V Krug." "The House" is a pretty orchestral theme that sounds out of place with the rest, while "Getting Stoned" is electronic with a rhythm reminiscent of Santana's "Jingo." Of course, the music needs to serve the action onscreen, so, for example in "In the Woods" and "After the Assault," relatively calm passages, suddenly give way after a couple of minutes to smashes of electronic percussion. The later parts of the score are the most disturbing, with Murphy creating music that alternately sounds like a swarm of electronic bees or heavy machinery being dragged across a factory floor. (All of these strategies are the same ones that Murphy has employed before, notably in his score for the horror film 28 Weeks Later, which this one strikingly resembles.) It's not a score that lives well outside the theater, but it no doubt helps keep those in the theater on the edges of their seats.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/14/2009
Label: La-La Land Records
UPC: 0826924109229
catalogNumber: 1092
Rank: 210275

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Murphy   Primary Artist
Joe Krinkl   Conductor

Technical Credits

John Murphy   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Wes Craven   Liner Notes
Brian Valentino   Engineering
Michael V. Gerhard   Producer
Matt Verboys   Executive Producer
Kory Kruckenberg   Engineering
Stephen Coleman   Orchestration
Scott Somerville   Programming,Engineer
Tyler Barton   Programming,Engineer
David C. Fein   Art Direction
Stephen Coleman   Orchestration
Dennis Iliadis   Liner Notes

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