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Saturday, October 31, 2009


Elia Cmiral Scores Forget Me Not

Czechoslovakian born composer Elia Cmiral has become somewhat typecast in the horror/thriller genre, his latest score being for Tyler Oliver's teen horror Forget Me Not, so much so that I suspect he could turn this stuff out in his sleep. It's good that he's finding steady work, but I wonder if Cmiral would like the chance to turn his hand to films of a lighter nature, films for which he might show his more melodic side. For now, however, though not totally devoid of melody, much of his music for this Screamfest Horror Film Festival 2009 is still not really my "cup of tea." It's described as "much lighter than what is usually assumed for a horror film," but you could have fooled me, judging from some of the extracts Cmiral's publicists, Costa Communications, kindly sent me.
There's only around 20 minutes of music on the disc, and I imagine there's more music in the film, but it kicks off with a pulsing piece of uptempo electronica-rock, which is far from light, and there's plenty more of the same throughout subsequent tracks, some of which are pretty savage. However, that's not to say the score doesn't have its lighter moments, like the poignant piano of "Forget Me Not," "Best Friends Forever," and "Sandy's Story;" and there is indeed a light and airy innocence to "Flashback #1" and the early part of "Flashback #4.
Of course, the nature of the film dictates the composer's approach to the music, and I'm sure it works perfectly well on screen, and that's all that counts really at the end of the day.
No news as yet of a CD release for you Cmiral fans, I'm afraid.

Vic Mizzy (1916 - 2009)

In case it has escaped your notice, composer of the Addams Family Theme, Vic Mizzy passed away on 17th October 2009 at the grand old age of 93. Mizzy will always be remembered for his quirky theme for the original Addams Family series, as well as the popular theme for Green Acres from the same era but, in addition to his TV work, he also wrote scores for film, where he is fondly remembered for his work on a series of Don Knotts comedies, including The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, The Reluctant Astronaut and The Shakiest Gun in the West. Fortunately, Percepto Records has in recent years made this music available to us, and these recordings serve as a fitting tribute to a composer, known mainly for his catchy, pop-styled music, and even his work on more serious films like The Night Walker still boasted a memorable theme.


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