Ghosthunters Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Ghosthunters by Ralf Wengenmayr.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 76.2
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 16.75
Album Excellence: 28%
Ghosthunters is a 2015 comedy film directed by Tobi Baumann and starring Milo Parker, Ange Engelke and Bastian Pastewka. They couldn’t be more different, the members of the trio that allies in the fight against an Ancient Ice Ghost (AIG): Tom, an easily scared boy, Hetty, a professional ghosthunter and the loveable, but pretty slimy Hugo – a ghost. Will the team manage to save their town from the next ice age? Basically this is a “Ghost Busters” for kids. The score is composed by Ralf Wengenmayr.
The score starts with ‘Fjoersen’s Prologue’ which is quite a relief I have to say. The music sounds like a proper adventure/fantasy film. With choirs and everything! The first cue sets up a mood of magic and mayhem and that’s what I had hoped for. Not a single note is used to make the music seem comedic and funny. This is dramatic and most of all adventurous. That’s what I would hope a family film like this would aspire to be. The choir is subtle but it’s very effective. Also the music is entirely orchestral and big sounding, even borderline epic. Have we been deceived though? Because the second cue ‘The Dark Cellar’ is awkward. It starts off comedic and then goes into a military percussion rhythm. The comedy is present in the rest of the cue, but it does get more dramatic, particularly at 1:25 where the music explodes into all-out action. ‘Scaredy Cat vs. Slimeball’ is sadly a bit more comedic than I would like. Time for some heroics with the short but great ‘Central Ghosthunting Institute’. There’s a beautiful theme in the second half of ‘Fired!’ which is almost emotional. The first half is pretty bad though, littered with comical scoring.
It’s a varied mix for sure, ranging from comedy to epic action moments. All put together, it’s a workable mix. There may not be enough material to create a lengthy cue based on what I’ve heard, but there are some really great moments in here like the epic end to ‘A Mismatched Trio’ and the whole ‘CGI Hall Of Fame’ cue with some epic moments of action, some epic moments of fun. This is how you write a comedy cue. The second half of ‘Tom’s Escape’ features some fantastic heroic material before it all crashes into a nasty comedic ending. There’s also a romantic theme in ‘Cowering’ which is even a bit emotional. ‘Deadly Ice Demon’ is also a lot of fun. It’s one of the few times, the action just clicks along with some really nice adventurous music that sounds magical with subtle choir and a good motif. In fact, pretty much the whole ending is great and consists of the best music on this score. This score has some good moments, but it’s far too inconsistent to be an overall fun experience. If you put the best cues together you have a nice mini-album though.
1. Fjoersen’s Prologue
4. Central Ghosthunting Institute
17. CGI Hall Of Fame
28. Deadly Ice Demon
30. Into The Lion’s Den
31. Ice Bucket