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Soundtrack review: Dracula (Wojciech Kilar – 1992)

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Soundtrack review: Dracula (Wojciech Kilar – 1992)

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I remember being very excited to see Francis Ford Coppola’s vision of “Dracula”. I was 13 years old and fascinated by horror movies, and I went with my dad and my sister to see it in one of our fanciest cinemas. The movie made quite an impression on me, especially Gary Oldman’s performance.

The score is quite a gem. Since the movie is so over the top, mixing horror, drama, eroticism and romance, the music had to deal with this blend and make it into an enjoyable listen. “Brides” has all the lusciousness and thrill of the movie scene. The rhythm is exaggerated in parts and almost gothic, and it imitates the movements of Dracula’s brides. “Storm” is quiet and dreamy; you can hear bells chime as we are eased into the depths of an exciting chant filled cue. The romance is there in “Love remembered’, a John Barry esque cue which is one of the highlights of this score and in “Mina/ Dracula”, a beautiful romantic theme coming from another age. I’d also highlight the main theme, which comes back at the beginning of the “End credits”. The score also includes the massively famous Annie Lennox song “Love Song for a vampire”. This one brings back memories…

Still, I’m sure the score works even better in context. The horror cues are not very creepy as a standalone listen. It is not a score I will replay very often, especially because the best parts of it made me think of John Barry. I have a lot of John Barry scores on my list of favorites, and I’d rather listen to those…

Cue rating: 74 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 38 / 55

Album excellence: 69%

 

Highlights:

Dracula – The Beginning

Brides

Storm

Love Remembered

Mina/Dracula

End Credits

Love Song for a Vampire [From Bram Stoker’s Dracula]

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Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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