Super Dark Times Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Super Dark Times by Ben Frost.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 84.6
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 8.9
Album Excellence: 29.6%
Super Dark Times is a 2017 American thriller directed by Kevin Phillips and starring Owen Campbell, Charlie Tahan & Elizabeth Cappuccino. A harrowing but meticulously observed look at teenage lives in the era prior to the Columbine High School massacre, SUPER DARK TIMES marks the feature debut of gifted director Kevin Phillips, whose critically acclaimed 2015 short film "Too Cool For School" premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Zach (Owen Phillips) and Josh (Charlie Tahan) are best friends growing up in a leafy Upstate New York suburb in the 1990s, where teenage life revolves around hanging out, looking for kicks, navigating first love and vying for popularity. When a traumatic incident drives a wedge between the previously inseparable pair, their youthful innocence abruptly vanishes. Each young man processes the tragedy in his own way, until circumstances grow increasingly complex and spiral into violence. Phillips dives headlong into the confusion of teenage life, creating evocative atmosphere out of the murky boundaries between adolescence and adulthood, courage and fear, and good and evil. The score is composed by Ben Frost.
This movie, despite the silly title, looks kind of awesome. An intriguing plot as well, a different kind of coming-of-age story, a more realistic one perhaps. Not all stories ends well and this one has all sort of bad endings imagined and otherwise. Can’t wait to watch it. Meanhwhile we have short 30-ish minute score by Ben Frost to enjoy. The score opens with ‘Give Thanks’ a rather nightmare-ish opener with a dark ambient sound stealing the show. It’s interesting to find out if the movie actually opens with this cue or if the track list is assembled differently. Certainly a bold choice. It’s incredibly uncomfortable to listen to, particularly the last few seconds. ‘I Have No Maximum Velocity’ is also dark sounding, but this one is truly beautiful as well, where the ambiance takes me to another place. It could be love, it could be sadness, it’s hard to tell, but it’s a lot warmer than the opening cue and has a very different feel to it.
But I suspect this movie is anything but comfortable to watch and there’s a lot of enjoyment in that, but there’s also the thinking and the wondering. Could that have happened to me? Could it happen to my kid? What would my life be like. The music is certainly created to give you a lot of discomfort, but it’s not awful to listen to, more like an interesting mix of darkness and sadness melded into this ambient mix. It’s not a score that’s meant to be listened to on it’s own I think, and most people won’t benefit from it, but I still think it’s intriguing enough to warrant a listen at least.
2. I Have No Maximum Velocity
12. Super Dark Times
13. Immortal, Like Highlander