Soundtrack Review: Dracula

Soundtrack Review: Dracula

Dracula Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Dracula by Wojciech Kilar.

At a glance:

15 tracks
51 minutes of score
Geek Score: 100
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 50.65
Album Excellence: 100%
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Bram Stoker’s Dracula by Francis Ford Coppola arrived in 1992 to great success. The vampire comes to England to seduce a visitor’s Fiancée and inflict havoc in the foreign land. Wojciech Kilar is the composer and this review is part of Polish Film Music Composers month. This is regarded as one of the newer horror film music classics by many and I can certainly see the appeal. I always felt that the first part of ‘Dracula – The Beginning’ is built upon John Williams main theme for the 1979 Dracula movie. Kilar just varies it a bit, but what comes next is awesome with some whispering, a high pitched female voice and then some very violent choir among the whispering. This is superb horror scoring, both scary and lyrical.

The ‘Vampire Hunters’ theme is a work of genius though, repeated again in a new glorious variation in ‘The Hunters Prelude’. It’s like a slow Klingon march if you take the Star Trek reference. This is one cue you better turn up the volume and rise like a vampire from the ashes. Glorious! This is a big part of history on gothic horror. Listen to Elfman’s “The Wolfman” to hear a score inspired by this. I don’t know if this is a classic, it probably is, but what it has is the weight of a proper gothic horror score done right. There’s also an interesting love theme in ‘Love Remembered’ but I prefer the darker version presented in ‘Mina / Dracula’.

This is gothic horror gold and should be in everyone’s collection.

HIGHLIGHTS:
1. Dracula – The Beginning
2. Vampire Hunters *
3. Mina’s Photo
4. Lucy’s Party
5. The Brides
6. The Storm
7. Love Remembered
8. The Hunt Builds
9. The Hunters Prelude *
10. The Green Mist
11. Mina / Dracula
12. The Ring Of Fire
13. Love Eternal
14. Ascension
15. End Credits

GD Star Rating
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Soundtrack Review: Dracula, 9.0 out of 10 based on 7 ratings

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