2001 Maniacs: Field Of Screams is the sequel to the 2005 cult horror flick titled 2001 Maniacs. The CD release is mostly packed with songs as the selling point. Since I’m not in the business of reviewing songs let’s move to Patrick Copeland’s score which makes up the last 11 tracks of the 50 track CD. Now, based on the immense amount of songs on this CD you can tell that score was not utilized as a storytelling tool. With less than 20 minutes of score on this CD the offering we get is practically just a handful of synth tunes.
The horror genre has given us some of the best music in film history. Bernard Herrmann, Wendy Carlos, Jerry Goldsmith and Ennio Morricone are just a few composers who have given us some of the most terrifying scores to some of the most terrifying films. So, with that being said I have extremely high expectations for the horror genre, and as of late the genre has been made a mockery off where low budget trash is churned out over and over. We are living through a rut of the genre. Copeland’s score is structureless and pretty much has zero effect on the listener. It has a campy feel, but with such poor execution how can it leave any emotional effect on the audience?
If you want a true campy horror score done with a low budget then check out Jeff Grace’s score to The Roost or his amazing lush orchestral score to The Last Winter. Robert Rodriguez’s score to Planet Terror is another perfect example of campy horror done perfectly. It’s just unfortunate when filmmakers don’t understand the true potential of score. This is not my type of film nor soundtrack. I guess it’s a decent album if you enjoy the music, but I personally cannot recommend it.
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