This was the third film I worked on with director Tim Cox, and ’70s TV was our primary inspiration for this project. We went for a more retro vibe. You’ve got to admit there was great music on TV in the ’70s.
I used a lot of subtle string textures, very definite thematic motifs, vibraphone and lithophone, waterphone, telephone (I actually played a role as an actor…on the phone!) as well as ponderous mid and low brass to lend a bit of a nostalgic feel to the score. Then when the action really gets going, “subtle” goes out the window.
David Selby was in the cast, which was a highlight for me. He was Quentin Collins in _Dark Shadows_. You don’t get more cool-TV-horror-nostalgic than that!