From Beyond Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score From Beyond by Richard Band.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 80
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 3.3
Album Excellence: 6.3%
From Beyond is a 1986 American science fiction horror film directed by Stuart Gordon and starring Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton & Ted Sorel. It is based on the short story of the same name by H.P. Lovecraft. Obsessive scientist Dr. Pretorius (Ted Sorel) successfully discovers a way to access a parallel universe of pleasure by tapping into the brain’s pineal gland. When he is seemingly killed by forces from this other dimension, his assistant, Dr. Crawford Tillinghast (Jeffrey Combs), is accused of the murder. After psychiatrist Katherine McMichaels (Barbara Crampton) and detective Bubba Brownlee (Ken Foree) take the case, the trio risks a return to the other world in order to solve the mystery. The score is composed by Richard Band.
One can’t accuse Richard Band to take the easy cheesy way out of scoring a horror film. In pretty much every horror score he’s created there’s a mix of everything and it’s usually a lovely orchestral side to it, and in many cases far better than the film deserved. Sadly I don’t think I’ve seen this film, but anything Lovecraft is intriguing to me. In 2003 La-La Land Records released the score on CD, but Intrada has now released a complete version for the first time, remastered and including a few bonus tracks as well. The score opens with ‘Resonator Works’, a synth opening with an inkling for a mad scientist. It’s all very mysterious and foreboding. What awaits Dr. Pretorious in the coming minutes. I quite like it though, feels like a classic 80s horror score and that’s what I hope where we’ll end up. ‘No Control’ is definitely way into the horror genre. Nervous strings, plucks and general mayhem. It does have a science fiction or even magical vibe to it. The constant twinkles reminds me a bit of the Doc theme from Back To The Future, but that’s just a minor thought at an inappropriate time. It’s all horror. It’s pretty good, but it’s not quite what I hoped it would be.
The main theme ‘From Beyond – Main Title (Revised #2)’ isn’t too memorable. It has a slightly carnival-ish sound to it, very dark and mysterious, but it’s not quite Richard Band as I’m used to. Normally his main themes are very memorable, at least to me. I think we have hit the chore of the main problem with this score. It can be a creepy score given the right circumstances, but it’s not scary enough and then there’s the problem of being memorable. It feels all to standard and not close to being what I believe to be Richard Band’s standard which is usually always really good. For Richard Band and 80s horror completists, it’s of course a must-have score to buy. For everyone else, there’s plenty of better scores to purchase.
1. Resonator Works
11. In The Cellar (Revised)