SHIVER.

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Released in 2012, SHIVER is based upon the novel of the same name and is a thriller/serial killer movie which at times hits the mark but for the most part falls short of its target. The main problem for the film not delivering is that the script is just not worthy of the actual book, with a number of the characters being presented as either incompetent cops or rather boring and flat individuals with no real character. The musical score by veteran composer Richard Band is probably the best thing about the production, with Band delivering a suitably chilling and on the edge sounding score that has some nice set themes throughout, but for the most part is what one would expect for a film such as this. Band is known for his work on relatively low budget movies and I have to say that he always amazes me getting the results he does on these somewhat lean budgets. The score is a combination of both the symphonic and the electronic, but as per usual Mr Band is able to fuse the two mediums together with consummate ease. At times I was reminded of the style of Jerry Goldsmith when he was involved on movies such as BASIC INSTINCT, it has that kind of steamy, sultry air to it that is tinged with an aura or hint of sensuality. There are also however present fragments of past Richard Band scores such as THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM there is a definite presence of that particular theme within the score for SHIVER, albeit a slower tempo arrangement also a glimpse of styles employed in movies such as THE ALCHEMIST and THE CALLER.

 

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The composer manages to create a score that is entertaining to listen to as a stand-alone piece as well as being a strong and supportive component of the movie and although a lot of the music is what many would call atonal, it is still interesting and entertaining. The composer making good use of driving strings and imposing and tense sounding brass flourishes. Which can be heard within cues such as PRISON BUS BREAK, WENDY GRABS THE GUN and THE OFFICE MASSACRE. The soundtrack also includes a handful of songs, which are all at the end of the recording, the first of which also acts as the END TITLES (TWILIGHT GREEN) and begins as an instrumental but after the initial introduction which is apprehensive and menacing, segues into a laid back vocal performance by an uncredited female singer, the song reminded me a lot of SUGAR IN THE RAIN from the movie STILLETTO it has that kind of sweet and too good to be true sound, but saying this is easy on the ear and pleasant enough, oddly the song then reverts back to the instrumental score and again we hear a threatening and tense style employed by Band.

Other songs include YOU MADE ME LOVE YOU, WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE THE MOON, AFTER YOUV’E GONE all performed by the same vocalist and are jazz influenced, with the final cue being an instrumental which again is jazz orientated entitled POOR BUTTERFLY all pleasant enough to listen to but a little out of kilter with the main score. An interesting score, check it out, Its on INTRADA.

1.
Rude Fantasy
0:51
2.
The Killing
2:02
3.
Main Title
1:19
4.
Decapitated?
0:26
5.
Police Briefing
1:59
6.
Wendy Views The Necklace
0:23
7.
Gryphon’s Playground Flashback
1:00
8.
Break In
1:25
9.
Gryphon Attacks Wendy
2:47
10.
Jennifer Death
2:50
11.
Recalling The Event
1:54
12.
The Shack No. 1
0:48
13.
Wendy Rests In Police Station
0:35
14.
Killing Spree
4:39
15.
Transporting Wendy
5:41
16.
Here We Go
0:26
17.
Road To The Shack
1:02
18.
The Shack No. 2
0:30
19.
Entering The Shack
0:31
20.
Wendy Grabs The Gun
1:54
21.
Searching The Apartment
1:02
22.
The Rape
3:58
23.
His Show Of Heads
1:56
24.
The Saw And Fight For Life
2:26
25.
Delgado Finds Wendy In Shack
0:48
26.
The Prison Bus Break
1:22
27.
The Office Massacre
4:50
28.
Wendy Approaches The Gryphon
0:51
29.
End Titles (Twilight Green)
3:33
30.
You Made Me Love You
2:27
31.
We’ll Always Have The Moon
3:05
32.
After You’ve Gone
3:32
33.
Poor Butterfly
3:30

Total Album Time:
66:22

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