If you’ve ever read my blog, you’ll know I’m a weakling for black and white movies and I can’t mention Vampyr (1932) without ranting on about the version with the the soundtrack lovingly created by virtuosis of Year of No Light (https://yearofnolight.bandcamp.com) which adds a whole new level of atmosphere and really enhances the movie to no end…
Now because I have no life and live for movies, I am going to get really geeky and suggest 5 movies that could possibly benefit from a darker and more powerful sound track. To be honest I don’t know why bands and fans don’t really score more films, obviously silent ones are easier and there are plenty more of those to do… hint hint!!
Atmospheric music generally perceived as….
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(Science. Fiction,Horror, Action 2005) D: Andrzej Bartkowiak W: Dave Callahan 1h 40m.
TAGLINE: No one gets out alive. Space Marines are sent to investigate strange events at a research facility on Mars but find themselves at the mercy of genetically enhanced killing machines.
I used to play this game many years ago while doing night support, being terrible at first person shooters I was just cannon fodder! Anyway I avoided the film for some time, but then was forced to watch it and sadly… I loved it! The film is a little predictable and the dialogue is a bit lengthy but Richard Break and Karl Urban make the movie great. It’s worth watching it for the game play section near the end, you’ll wanna get the please games out and play away. There is no hidden meabings, deeper plot lines it’s quite WYSIWYG. And I’m chuffed as f*ck to have a signed poster for this film!.
Q: Don’t give me an excuse Portman. No one here will miss you. OST: Guest appearance from Trent Reznor 7/10
I started off the evening with an old classic…
CLASS OF 1999
(Science Fiction, Horror, Action 1990) D/W : Mark Lester W: C.Courtney Joyner 1h 39m.
The ultimate teaching machine… out of control. Robot teachers have been secretly placed in the schools where the students have run riot. With a stunning cast and believable story line it’s easy to see why this movie is a cult classic.How many people wanted to sneak back into school and blow their teachers away!? This film justifies that dream.
Q: Like I trust a vampire to give me a blow job. OST: NINE inch nails – Head like a hole. Midge Ireland – Come the day.
It pains me when people say they will not watch a Silent film, because there is no speaking at all, and they won’t give these movies a chance. There is so much beauty to behold . Do they not understand how much talent it takes to be able to convey emotions without a single word uttered…that is art, beauty, a kind of magic.
Its not a popular style of movie anymore but its very interesting to see that there are regular silent movies reaching through the market on a regular basis. We see black and white movies all the time but even if a film is in colour but has little in the way of dialogue it’s not as popular, it’s not classed as being as entertaining!? Why is that? I know a lot of people like to be force fed a story, if they have to interpret it for themselves then they think something is suspicious!? It’s alright to make up your OWN mind about a movie, the intentions the meanings etc.
It’s quite funny when there is a quiet moment in a movie, a moment that hangs on for a few more seconds than usual and people start looking around, not quite sure if the sound has gone wrong, they struggle to understand what’s really going on. I remember the beginnings of There Will Be Blood (2007) and No Country For Old Men (2007), confusing the crowds I watched it with. It’s impressive that the lack of sound can be as vital as what is heard.
Most silent movies have an impressive soundtrack, long are the days of the single piano player tinkering on to a damsel being tied to a railway track (although I’d like to note that there was such a movie shown at the Abertoir film festival in 2012). But lots of the emotions and dialogue are replaced by music, films like THX1138 (1971) and Last of the Mohicans (1992) have instrumental versions, which I think are quite inventive and should branch out to more movies, like Blade Runner (1982), the Piano (1993) or Flash Gordon (1980), after all the composers of these movies are also highly regarded for their musical abilities.
Here’s a list of a few movies regarded as being silent in the modern age. (as always no particular order)