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Horror Film “You’re Next” Needs to Release its Soundtrack…NOW!

Posted by Shamir Lee on 09/03 at 05:41 PM

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a horror movie worth watching. The Purge was a blockbuster success this summer, but it didn’t live up to the trailer. Sinister, released last year, started out promising, but ended on a disappointing note. The Conjuring, although received fairly well by critics and audiences, and breaking the record set by The Purge, was in my opinion, a bore-fest, as we like to call it in my house. So I wasn’t expecting much from You’re Next.

I saw it the weekend of August 23rd when it was released, and as with all horror films, I was excited, no matter how stupid I expected it to be. This time, the content lived up to, and even exceeded, the trailer. I was surprised by how entertaining it was. Using an unknown cast, mostly in their thirties, was a smart choice, as opposed to young, up-and-coming Abercrombie-esque actors to appeal to a younger audience. The cinematography suited the dark mood. The dark comedy was utilized well, making the blood and gore more easy to swallow. And as with most horror films, the female lead was a strong protagonist.

As much as I liked the movie, that’s not what I’m here for. The soundtrack was supergalactic excellence. That’s really the only way I can say it. I wasn’t expecting such a unique mix of sounds. From the first scene, the music set the tone as a dark comedy. The contrast between light hearted instrumentals and brutal murders was done superbly. Even the trailer hinted at this characteristic of the film, using Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day.” Near the end of the film was when it really got interesting. Electronic music, with an 80s sound, flooded the scenes as the lead character started to get more in depth with her killing methods. I’m convinced it was the work of Power Glove, but I’m not sure. Unfortunately, I couldn’t read the composers on the credits. On Wikipedia the sole composer is listed as Mads Heldtberg. A soundtrack is nowhere to be found. Not a single song from the film, besides “Perfect Day,” is online. I’ve been searching for days, but to no avail. I’m becoming desperate. The soundtrack needs to be released now! It’s one of the best I’ve heard, specifically from a horror film. If you haven’t seen it and you’re planning to see it, keep an ear open for the soundtrack. It will blow your mind.

{name} Author: Shamir Lee
Bio: Shamir Lee is a senior majoring in Advertising. She’s a writer for Penn State’s CRITIQUE, a student-run business magazine. Additionally, she has created ads and flyers for One Heart, an organization fighting against child sexual abuse. She’s interested in looking at cats, doing ballet, exercising, and ending animal cruelty. In her free time, she enjoys watching horror movies, some of her favorites being Satoshi Kon’s Perfect Blue and the 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre ("sorry, I just really like the cinematography"). Music is a big part of her life, as she plays piano, a little bit of guitar, and used to play saxophone. Some of her favorite musicians are Jason Becker, BUCK-TICK, Megadeth, Aivi Tran, Missing Persons, Nina Hagen, Prince, and Koji Kondo.


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