Film Score Monthly
Search Terms: 
Search Within:   search tips 
You must log in or register to post.
  Go to page:    
This is a comments thread about FSM CD: It's Alive
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2015 - 8:56 PM   
 By:   Zoragoth   (Member)

I thought the film handled its premise pretty well, being rather restrained, very suspenseful and slightly moving. Not seen the sequels though. As for the score, it's one of Herrmann's weaker efforts, but fits the film like a glove.

I agree with you and Onabirri - it's a film, and score, that you either get or you don't. I liked the audacious weirdness of both the story and Herrmann's score. And yes, because of Herrmann and John Ryan's performance, oddly moving. A very interesting cinematic curio, to be sure....

 Posted:   Sep 14, 2015 - 10:11 PM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)

Can we please call a truce and just say this one's a matter of taste?

Just so I understand the rules here:

Is it inappropriate for me to discuss stylistic devices that are common across many scores by a single composer? Such similarities are intrinsic and not a matter of taste.

Does addressing empirical similarities among different scores by one composer constitute "abuse?"

One can like or dislike whatever one wants, but this particular score uses many of Herrmann's signature compositional characteristics that show up in most of his sci-fi/horror/macabre/fantasy scores.

If I am breaking any rules, I am sorry that I began to get into a technical musical discussion on a music-oriented message board.

No no, please don't worry—all that is fine and quite worthy, please continue. I just don't want people arguing "it sucks" "does not" "does too"—thanks,

 Posted:   Sep 14, 2015 - 11:26 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Here's proof once again that context is everything.
For a movie like this you always have to take into consideration when it was made and what other kinds of horror movies were coming out at the same time.

(My memories of the movie are pretty sketchy--I haven't seen it in ages--but I recall the music being more than adequate for the content.)

 Posted:   Sep 28, 2015 - 10:54 PM   
 By:   fortyone   (Member)

I've never seen the movie, so I think what brought me around on this score were the music notes, which helped my yawning mind get a better grasp at all that's going on. Plus it's Herrmann, so repeat listens drew out familiar phrasing and instrumental groupings that are what attract us to certain composers and scores. I doubt it'll ever take its place as a favorite, but I like it and appreciate the unique imprint that is all Herrmann.

You must log in or register to post.
  Go to page:    
© 2015 Film Score Monthly. All Rights Reserved.