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 Posted:   Aug 8, 2022 - 4:37 AM   
 By:   cirithungol   (Member)

I just realised that Armageddon is not on the list, which uses 'Dies Irae' quite prominently to represent the threat of the asteroid. For example, at around 2:04 in the Shuttle Crash sequence:

(ignore the opening 30 seconds which totally weren't just copy and pasted for the theme of another film...)

Also, would the opening moments of 'I'll Be Right Back' from No Time To Die count?

 Posted:   Aug 10, 2022 - 3:01 PM   
 By:   orbital   (Member)

Another one not on the list: Mario Nascimbene - COMMANDOS (1968)

Just listening to the great Quartet release "The Film Music of Mario Nascimbene" ( and not only can the Dies Irae be heard prominently, it's also in the description on Quartet's site:
"Nascimbene’s powerful music relies heavily on the traditional Dies Irae chant to underscore this suicide mission."

 Posted:   Aug 11, 2022 - 1:20 PM   
 By:   fmfan1   (Member)

Armageddon, though only 4 notes, is almost surely quoting the Dies Irae. (Only 4 notes can be tricky.) It is a repeated motif played in an ominous manner and the circumstances are appropriate. I've never seen the movie nor heard the soundtrack. I'll have to rectify this!

I'm not hearing the Dies Irae in the No Time to Die Track. Maybe it's too subtle for me, but since Hans Zimmer has used it plenty in the past, I wouldn't be surprised.

Finally, given the obvious Nascimbene quote of two entire phrases and the popularity of Quartet Records, I'm surprised we didn't come across this one sooner. Awesome!

 Posted:   Aug 12, 2022 - 7:14 AM   
 By:   cirithungol   (Member)

I'm not hearing the Dies Irae in the No Time to Die Track. Maybe it's too subtle for me, but since Hans Zimmer has used it plenty in the past, I wouldn't be surprised.

It's the very first thing you hear in that track, the sort-of subtle background chiming behind the strings (sorry, I'm not very musically literate). Just in the first ~20 seconds. Maybe I'm barking up the wrong tree, though.

Also, since I mentioned Dead By Daylight above, they have recently seen a crossover with Attack on Titan which came with its own AoT-inspired version of the theme:

Which is kinda cool.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2022 - 5:55 AM   
 By:   mikael488   (Member)

While not a directly quoting the Dies irae, Piero Piccioni's powerful theme to the gothic horror drama "Il Monaco" aka Le Moine (1972) clearly contains variations on the hymn:

Variations can be heard throughout the score, often performed on a church organ.

 Posted:   May 6, 2023 - 10:01 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

Just came acrosss another one: Andrew Morgan Smith's (excellent) score for Bunker. Prominently in the track "The Radio Bleeds". (Dies Irae starts at 24 seconds)

If the current title 270 is correct, it should then now be 271. Quite a list.

 Posted:   May 7, 2023 - 3:52 AM   
 By:   fmfan1   (Member)

A great addition. I'm listening to the score right now on Spotify. I'm glad you recommended this!

I've added a few more in the past month or so. Based on the soundtrack release, I initially didn't have John Williams' War of the Worlds on the list. I recently watched it with my kids, and the tune pops up in the following scene. Starting at 1:36, Williams starts with a Dies-Irae "like" string passage, but the fifth phrase (which follows a short fourth phrase) pretty much nails the tune. The context of floating dead bodies helps with the certainty of the identification!

 Posted:   May 7, 2023 - 12:21 PM   
 By:   NO NAME   (Member)

its almost...

 Posted:   May 9, 2023 - 9:39 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Robinson Crusoe on Mars (Van Cleave).
FSM CD... track 21, "The Attack/Along the Ledge", from about 25 seconds onwards.

 Posted:   May 15, 2023 - 10:38 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Friedhofer: Bride of Vengeance (Intrada)
Track 10: The Foundry No.II around 47 seconds in.

 Posted:   May 24, 2023 - 2:08 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

Just listening to Scott's Webs and other Wonders and it is present, from the off, in track one.

 Posted:   May 24, 2023 - 2:28 AM   
 By:   DaveM   (Member)

Rogue One composed by Michael Giacchino:
The films main theme is actually build around the first 4 notes of dies erae:

Buffy The Vampire Slayer 4x15/16/18 composed by Christophe Beck:

Jurassic Park by John Williams:

 Posted:   May 24, 2023 - 3:09 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

This won't be news to anyone familiar with an earlier thread on the subject, but I can't resist posing the same question that stumped folks for many months at that time: What is the longest sustained use of the Dies Irae (both tune and text) in a movie? (Yes, it is listed in the present thread.)

Have we answered this question?

I have no idea. I do remember an extended passage in THE SEVENTH SEAL by Ingmar Bergman where the Dies Irae was sung on screen for a while. So that's for starters.

 Posted:   Jun 4, 2023 - 10:37 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

Il Delirto del Diavolo by Lavagnino uses the text.

 Posted:   Aug 2, 2023 - 4:49 PM   
 By:   cirithungol   (Member)

Would the repeating pattern in 'The Landing' from Alien (section starting at 3:04) qualify as an example of Dies Irae?

And similarly, would 'The Spaceship' from WALL-E (which I can only assume was a homage to the above piece) also qualify? (section starting at 00:57)

 Posted:   Aug 21, 2023 - 7:44 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

Just listening to L'Uomo Che Ride, by Carlo Savina. It pops up in track 5, albeit briefly. Also track 20.

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