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Midnight Movie by Penka Kouneva (Review)

posted Aug 25, 2010, 10:50 AM by Kaya Savas

Kouneva's first solo score release is the campy Midnight Movie, which is a horror film about a movie character coming to life to kill the audience members of the midnight showing. The score is exactly what you'd expect from a movie like this, and I guess that could be good or bad depending on the person. Every horror score these days will almost always cover genre specific elements, but it's when the composer plays around these elements that make it memorable. Unfortunately Midnight Movie is a very typical low budget horror score.

There are some very interesting layers working together here and the score is always at the verge of escalating into something good, but it never takes that step. It manages to teeter on the line of being subpar to something acceptable. Strings get way overused here. I'm all for the "horror strings", but when they make up pretty much the entire structure of the score then the effect wears off.

Kounova had the challenge of having to score a film within a film, which is no easy task but as an audience you'd expect to be able to find the separation. Unfortunately since the score has very little variation I found the whole listening experience to mesh into one blur. If you asked me to single out a specific track I really couldn't.

So, while there are some interesting things bubbling about this score I feel like the movie itself provided the limitations to the score. With a little more variation and a lot less strings this score could have been a lot better. 
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