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Predators by John Debney (Review)

posted Aug 23, 2010, 10:18 AM by Kaya Savas   [ updated Aug 23, 2010, 10:34 AM ]

Predators is finally the first true sequel to this franchise since Predator 2. I like to pretend those AVP movies never existed. Here we are back in the Predator universe and this time producer Robert Rodriguez brought his friend and collaborator John Debney on the project. Debney actually provides an excellent entry in the franchise here by maintaing a certain familiarity to Silvestri's scores yet still adding new elements. 

The new theme is very "Predator" just not as aggressive. The new theme is a descending group of three notes, which we first hear in the track "This Is Hell". The entire instrumentation of the score is pretty much right alongside with what Silvestri had, which is what makes this action sequel have a unique feel versus other action scoring styles that we've become accustomed to. Debney adds a few modern elements to the score such as an electric guitar. The percussion is a bit more aggressive as well. Debney's take on Silvestri's original theme is also a bit more modern, which you don't hear until the end credits and is included as the last track on the album.

Overall I found this score to be excellent. It was right on the money on delivering us back into the Predator universe. Something I think a lot of people wanted. We didn't want a reboot or a re-imaging. We wanted a kick-ass sequel in this franchise that wasn't plagued by aliens or Paul W.S. Anderson. Debney delivers on every level here, and even though you can't even begin to stack it up with Silvestri's work it comes pretty close.