‘Wait Until Dark’

Great Thriller Soundtracks: ‘Wait Until Dark’

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I’m thrilled that Ennio Morricone finally got the recognition he deserved with his first Academy Award after six nominations and 500 films – at the age of 87 – and he’s still touring Britain with his orchestra! Geezer! He made me think about my favourite soundtracks to thrillers. Here’s one by Henry Mancini, accompanying opening […]

Favourite Soundtracks No. 3: ‘Wait Until Dark’

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When it comes to scoring music for horror films and psychological thrillers, it’s astonishing how many composers choose drums and blasts of dense orchestral noise to beat their audiences into submission when something softer and eerier would be more insidious. Henry Mancini, best known for romantic ongs and the kind of lounge music that’s now […]

Is There Another Way To Create A Heroine?

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They’re known as WIP films, and have been around as long as cinema. I suppose my favourite Women In Peril films would include ‘Rosemary’s Baby’, ‘Link’, ‘Wait Until Dark’, ‘The Hidden Face’, ‘Suspiria’, ‘Julia’s Eyes’, ‘Panic Room’, ‘The Hidden Face’ and ‘Penumbra’, but there are many others. One could even describe ‘Aliens’ as a WIP […]