Soundtrack Review: HALLOWEEN II
I am a horror movie fan. I love the adrenaline rush each scare (or the build-up of each scare) gives you. I love the sheer mayhem the story usually devolves into. I love testing myself to see how long I can stand watching the screen before I have to bury my face in my hands. But most of all, I love the music that usually comes along with these films. Driving rock or industrial metal - two music genres I secretly love - usually comprise horror film soundtracks, so the idea of getting to review the soundtrack for HALLOWEEN II excited me, as I expected it to be full of this style of music. Turns out, a good portion of the tracks that make up this album are…love songs?
Ironically, this pairing does make, sense as Rob Zombie’s sequel follows the idea that Michael Myers' need to kill is driven by his love for his mother and a twisted idea that in death, he can bring his family back together. As the title for the track by 10CC says, “The Things We Do For Love.” – even if that means mass murder.
This soundtrack is not only love songs; it also includes the requisite rock tracks. Since this film takes place in the late 1970s, the tracks are from artists from that era such as Motorhead (“The Chase Is Better Than The Catch”) and Foghat (“I Just Want To Make Love To You”). Only two tracks are purely instrumental and polar opposite in tone from one another. “Laurie’s Theme” is a melodic, almost foreboding, piano track, while “Nurse Killa” gives us horror fans our unsettling sound effect-style rock track.
For every music track on this soundtrack, there is also a line from the movie. Do not be fooled. There isn’t an actual music track titled “He’s Fucking Dead” – which I admittedly was disappointed about when I realized it. To its credit, this style does make you feel like you’re getting a taste of the movie as a whole, not just the music. And considering this movie was sub-par (I’m being kind), the soundtrack saves you the time of actually sitting through the film (sorry, Rob Zombie).
I enjoyed the use of the slower tracks as they played over some bloody kill scenes, particularly “Nights In White Satin” by The Moody Blues. Rather than juxtapose the calm song against the screams and sound of carnage – Zombie did make an interesting choice in muting the action in the scene and just letting the music play over it like a creepy music video.
Yet again, my favorite song on this soundtrack was reserved to play over the closing credits (seriously, music supervisors, you cleared the song, use it more effectively!). Nan Vernon gives us a new version of “Love Hurts” that is appropriately haunting, but also a really beautiful track. The track title obviously continues to play on the idea that love is not always wonderful and can, especially in this film’s case, literally HURT. I really loved the song when I heard it at the end of the film, but I loved it even more when I heard it come right after a line from the film in which Laurie Strode (Taylor-Compton) is being forced to tell her mother she loves her. The transition from the film lines into this track would be poetic if it wasn’t so terrifying and unsettling.
Not your typical horror film soundtrack, but I found that it seemed to work. Even though the film lines help you gauge the tone, it does take you out of it, as you switch from speaking lines to a music track and back again. Save your iTunes cash and shell out the $0.99 for “Love Hurts” – a track that stands well all on its own and I found to be a hidden gem.
Soundtrack available on Hip-O.
1. “He’s Fucking Dead” – Scout Taylor-Compton
2. “Nights In White Satin” – Moody Blues
3. “Halloween Is Coming” – Sheri Moon Zombie
4. “The Things We Do For Love” – 10CC
5. “Who’s Lee Marvin?” – Brad Dourif
6. “Amerarockers” – Scream
7. “Jam & Jelly” – Dayton Callie
8. “Kick Out The Jams” – MC5
9. “Ass Good” – Dan Roebuck
10. “(I Know) I’m Losing You” – Rod Stewart
11. “D-E-A-D” – Malcolm McDowell
12. “The Chase Is Better Than The Catch” - Motorhead
13. “I’m Angel Myers” – Scout Taylor-Compton
14. “Laurie’s Theme” – John 5
15. “I Want To Party” – Scout Taylor-Compton
16. “Transylvania Terror Train” – Captain Clegg And The Night Creatures
17. “Jack-Lantern And A Blonde” – Jeff Phillips
18. “Honky Tonk Halloween” – Captain Clegg And The Night Creatures
19. “Bring Your Baby Back Home” – Sheri Moon Zombie
20. “I Just Want To Make Love To You” - Foghat
21. “Snapped On By Weird Al” – Chris Hardwick
22. “Time To Die” - Void
23. “I Love You Mommy” – Scout Taylor-Compton
24. “Love Hurts” – Nan Vernon
25. “Nurse Killa” – Tyler Bates