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SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK  (2019)
Production Company: CBS Films, Entertainment One, 1212 Entertainment, Double Dare You, Sean Daniel Company
Distributors: Lionsgate, GEM Entertainment, Film & TV House, Eagle Films
Release date (USA): 9 August 2019  

Director: André Ovredal
Screenplay: Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman, John August, Guillermo Del Toro, Marcus Dunstan & Patrick Melton
Based on the Book by Alvin Schwartz

Music Composed by Marco Beltrami & Anna Drubich
Orchestra Conducted by Vladimir Podgoretsky & Lary Rench

Performed by Bolshoi Theatre Symphony Orchestra, Moscow & Nashville Music Scoring Orchestra
Solo Vocals Performed by Úyanga Bold
Solo Cello Evgeny Tonkha
Solo Guitar Pablo Langaine
Orchestrated by Jeff Tinsley
Recorded by Gennady Papin
Additional Engineer and Score Mixer Tyson Lozensky
Recorded at Mosfilm Music Studios, Moscow.& Pianella Studios, Malibu, CA
Music Editor Chris McGeary, Kevin Banks, Steven L. Smith & Kelly Mahan-Jaramillo
Music Coordinator Encompass Music Partners
Concertmaster & Contractor for Nashville Orchestra Alan Umstead
Music Preparation Steven L. Smith

Music Produced by Marco Beltrami, Buck Sanders & Anna Drubich

Synopsis: It's 1968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind...but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time-stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah's terrifying tome.

A NOTE FROM ANNA DRUBICH

From the very first screening it was clear that the film already had a very specific atmosphere and style, as well as a clear artistic message. Music just had to intensify all these and go together with what was there already. Guillermo and Andre were convinced that music was going to be a crucial element in bringing everything together. And after watching the director’s cut, Marco and I looked at each other and realized that it needed a ghoulish and orchestral kind of score. I mean, the movie felt like an homage to Spielberg's Amblin movies and other great old films. So, we had to acknowledge that in the music, too. In many of Guillermo’s movies, some very clear message for the real life hides behind the fairy tale and the fantasy world. This film makes familiar stories strange, even though you recognize their core. There are all these different textures, which we wanted to use to inform the story. We came up with the idea that every horror sequence was going to have its own 'sound center.' For 'Harold,' we recorded these raw-sounding guitars and a broken banjo; 'The Big Toes' came to be a brass-centered piece; 'The Red Spot' revolved around strings; 'The Pale Lady' turned out as a woodwind sequence; and 'Jangly Man' came to be a percussive thing. We tried to be traditional in a modern way. The audience will never pay attention to it, because, all in all, it’s one single orchestral score, but we added a twist for every story.

SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK: Behind the Scenes
Pianella Studios, Malibu, CA & Mosfilm Music Studios, Moscow, Russia

 

E N T E R T A I N M E N T   O N E   M U S I C   (-DOWNLOAD ONLY-)

01. Opening (Sarah’s Theme) (1:45)
02. Forrest Chase (1:14)
03. Sarah’s Room (2:06)
04. Hospital Visit (0:59)
05. Big Toe (3:04)
06. Bloody Finger (2:08)
07. Harold (1:43)
08. Looking for RED Room (1:45)
09. Pale Lady (2:23)
10. The Book Reads Us (3:14)
11. The Red Spot (2:26)
12. Phone Call (1:39)
13. Me Tie-Doughy Walker (3:32)
14. Jangly Car Chase (1:06)
15. Alternate World (2:14)
16. Stories Heal Stories Hurt (3:08)
17. What Stella Learned (1:50)
18. The End (1:28)

Release date (iTunes): 30 August 2019
Release date (vinyl): TBA
Total Time: 37:44
Length of the Score: 83 minutes

 

Purchase links: Amazon US, iTunes

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