Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom by George Streicher.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 72.5
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 0
Album Excellence: 0%
Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom is a 2016 Canadian animated film directed by Sean Patrick O’Reilly and starring Ron Perlman, Christopher Plummer & Alison Wandzura. It is based on a graphic novel of the same name. After visiting his father in Arkham Sanitarium, young Howard Lovecraft accidentally uses the legendary Necronomicon to open a portal to a strange frozen world filled with horrifying creatures and a great adventure. The score is composed by George Streicher.
The opening theme to this film aka ‘Main Title’ is one of mystery, but a subdued on. There’s no big fanfare here, but a rather poignant intro to hopefully an exciting adventure. ‘The Asylum’ as the name implies can’t be a happy place and the music gives further insights into the place which is dark and unwelcoming. As unwelcoming as it is, musically it steps around the issue I would say. It’s there for all to hear, it’s a sinister place, but it feels too safe. It doesn’t feel menacing enough which should be the case. I’m cautiously optimistic though because quality wise the music ticks all the boxes. The mood is definitely there and I hope for an escalation in the music shortly with adventure that follows. Within parts of ‘The Journal’ and ‘Into The Abyss’, the music awakens slightly with some choir and some more bombastic music, and that is exactly what I’m hoping for. More of that, but maybe with a little more focus on themes.
This score has so much potential it’s almost annoying to hear how close it gets. The baseline is there, you have a great baseline for some wonderful animated fantasy adventure music, but I feel it too rarely leaves the baseline. It stays in the same place so one cue just merges with the next instead of progressing with themes and general mayhem. Mayhem is exactly what this score needs, but sadly does’t have in it’s locker. It should though, it should really let loose with all kinds of hi-jinx because I don’t really see a reason why it shouldn’t. It doesn’t deliver on that front though which makes me a bit sad. I know it’s mostly for the kids, but this would be so much more fun and interesting if it wasn’t so constrained. Anyway, that’s what I think about it. What do you think? Let me know on my Twitter and we’ll have a chat.