When I grew up, I was one of the Trekkies. I loved anything and everything Star Trek but I had a respect for Star Wars and the world and characters that George Lucas had created. This year brought the series back to life with the latest (and greatest) in the Star Wars story, The Force Awakens. Having not watched The Empire Strikes Back or Return of the Jedi, I was missing pieces of the story and worried I wouldn’t be able to follow it. Thankfully, The Force Awakens was easy to follow, had a collection of fantastic characters and locations, and a plot that kept me guessing what was going to happen next. Most of all, I was impressed by John Williams new score. There were many times while watching where I was actually drawn to listen closer to his compositions and found them stunning and beautiful.
About two months ago, I did an ITM blog on music from 90’s films. I tried to focus on some that weren’t as well-known as others. I soon found though that I had a list just overflowing with wonderful music and decided that I would write a follow up blog to the category. Here is that blog post!
This week, I still found myself overwhelmed with how many brilliant soundtrack scores there were during the 90’s. It was just a different era for movies. I’ve noticed that many movies that come out now are much, much darker. The trend has kind of gone that way. Dark television shows, dark literature, dark films, dark video games… it’s all very hot right now. I found myself gravitating toward that type of quiet and chilling music when I went back through some old albums, searching for music to share. And being a dark fiction writer, how could I not? Today, I have 9 songs from different films that are worth a listen. Maybe you, too, will be inspired.
Though most recognize Jaws as a terrifying film made by the exceptional Steven Spielberg in 1975, it was first a novel written by Peter Benchley. This man could write! He pinpointed a story that hadn’t been utilized by anyone else at the time, recognized the terror imminent in it, and wrote it wonderfully. The premise: what happens when a shark comes to the town/city you call home and doesn’t go away?
When the book was turned into a motion picture, one of the greatest successes was John Williams score for the film. Out of it, he created one of the most signature pieces of horror music ever using just two notes. The theme from this movie is something that still induces heart-pounding fear, even to those who haven’t seen the film! Along with the shark’s theme, there are several other haunting tracks and adventurous themes reminiscent of old pirate movies (which is where Williams drew his inspiration from.)