Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Sound of the Scare Highlights: John Carpenter's THE THING: THE MUSICAL



I was shown "John Carpenter's THE THING: THE MUSICAL" by Jon and Al Kaplan a few days ago by my significant other, Shane Strange, and decided to look to see if the guys behind it had made any other great musicals based on horror films and boy was I not disappointed!  The Kaplan's are musical geniuses with a great sense of humor and a love for horror films that I can admire. They composed the score, wrote the lyrics and did the video editing to all of the musical videos I posted here.



Jon and Al Kaplan are film and TV show composers. Their work includes "Silence! The Musical" and the 8-bit Old Skool style musical score of G4's "Code Monkeys." You can check out their website here.

"John Carpenter's THE THING: THE MUSICAL"
"John Carpenter's THE THING: THE MUSICAL" takes Frank Sinatra's musical style and perfectly summarizes the movie in the process for a cheesy good old time in the Antarctic.

The opening bass line is from the score of "The Thing" that was composed by Ennio Morricone. (If you want to know more about it, my first Sound of the Scare post talks about Morricone's score to "The Thing.")




"Fright Night: The Musical ("Amy, Awake!")
"Fright Night: The Musical ("Amy, Awake!") is reminiscent of the songs from "Phantom of the Opera" by Andy Lloyd Webber.  The opening contains a variation on Brad Fiedel's rhythm section from "Fright Night." The voice sync on this one is pretty good too, with some of the lines of the movie coinciding with the lyrics for some great visuals!



"Predator: The Musical (The Final Schwarzenegger Musical?)" 
"Predator: The Musical (The Final Schwarzenegger Musical?)" contains variations on Alan Silvestri's landmark "Predator" score.

The intricate round of the chorus (where two or more voices singing the same melody with each voice starting at different times so that different parts of the melody coincide to create a harmony) reminds me of songs from "Les Misérables." Even better, the Arnold Schwarzenegger imitation is hilarious!

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