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Ghost Stories - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack review
By James W, Thursday 12th April 2018

Ghost Stories - OST

Frank Ilfman

Varese Sarabande

One of the best movies of 2018 has one of the most atmospheric soundtracks which helps crank up this stunning paranormal picture to petrifying perfection.

Ghost Stories concerns a debunker of all things paranormal, Professor Phillip Goodman (Andy Nyman) who has devoted his life to exposing phony psychics and fraudulent supernatural shenanigans on his own television show. His skepticism is put to the test, when he receives a file of three chilling, inexplicable cases: a night watchman (Paul Whitehouse) haunted by disturbing visions, an edgy young man (Alex Lawther) involved in a car accident, and a wealthy former banker (Martin Freeman) visited by a spirit. Will they make a believer of him yet?

Composed by Frank Ilfman, this atmospheric and haunting collection of music suites and themes, pieces of dialogue and a couple of classic numbers helps you to appreciate just how much music adds to your cinematic experience. As the film concerns many human emotions so does too the score being heart-breaking one moment and truly frightening the next.

From the opening words of Phillip Goodman this OST drags you into a world where nothing is as it seems and the inclusion of these pieces from the movie add so much, punctuating the music with sombre, gut-wrenching lines of dialogue.

Priddle's Theme is a celebration of the fun you can have whilst unnerving people with music as its floaty, childlike with a tone of dread. The Allerton Suite is simply beautiful that ends with a fading effect that abruptly brings you back into this nightmare. Daddy's Got Meow Meow The Lullaby contains a delicate, lush moments as does Three Cases which is probably the stand out moment for me.

Into the Woods flashes opera vocals and pounding strings that fade into The Hellion which crashes around your ears like an explosion in a building made from sharp pieces of metal. Things Are Not What They Seem adds a surreal touch mixing deep voices and delicate strings where Corridor of Truth is an operatic moment that pierces the climate moments, if the hairs on the back of neck don't rise when listening to this then you're dead!

The experience ends with Goodman's Theme End Titles which eerily tries to ease you back into the real world and almost has this reviewer in tears. For music to be this emotional takes skill and Ilfman proves he is one of the finest composers around.

The inclusion of the classic from Bobby "Boris" Pickett and The Crypt Kickers track Monster Mash and Why from Anthony Newly help lull you into a false sense of security, Monster Mash helps chill you out and Why gets right under your skin, much in the same way as Tiptoe Through the Tulips did when used on Insidious.

Ilfman, who conducted the London Metropolitan Orchestra at Air Lyndhurst Studios has delivered the perfect accompaniment to a superior chiller. A soundtrack for those who love scaring themselves and those around them.


Related show tags: ANDY NYMAN, GHOST STORIES
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