HOWARD SHORE – 3 David Cronenberg soundtracks (1975-81)
Just as the music of Goblin (found elsewhere on ECR here) is the glue that holds together the rather patchy films of Dario Argento, so does the music of Howard Shore sometimes — not always, but sometimes, whenever the film is spotty or weak — hold together the films of David Cronenberg.
Cronenberg was never short on ideas, but half the time, he was short on execution. This can be partially attributed to the films’ low-budget nature — but objectively, Cronenberg, especially in the ’70s, was not the greatest in terms of pacing, visuals, dialogue, directing actors, etc.
Don’t get me wrong — I love his body of work fiercely, except for the last few (for me, it all stops after “eXiztenZ”.) But — every now and again, you gotta step back from the works you love and look at them from a different point of view.
Here’s three of Shore’s terrific scores: “Shivers” (1975), “The Brood” (1979) and “Scanners” (1981). Also, don’t forget about the audio tracks to Cronenberg’s early films, “Stereo” (1969) and “Crimes of the Future” (1970), found here.