Music By John Harrison
With Additional Library Music
by Various Composers
La-La Land Records
48 Tracks/Disc Time: 76:04
1982’s “Creepshow” is a marvellous and at times, enjoyably laughable horror comedy that was ahead of its time when it came out. Featuring the powerhouse forces of reknowed Director George A. Romero coming off his brilliant “Dawn Of The Dead” and his personal masterpiece, “Knightriders” and author Stephen King, who’s novels and short stories were being sought after by Hollywood after the success of “Carrie” in 1976 and “Salem’s Lot” in 1979 with big screen adaptations of “The Dead Zone” Directed by David Cronenberg, “Christine” Directed by the great John Carpenter, “Cujo” Directed By Lewis Teague and Firestarter Directed by Mark L. Lester would soon follow. In between all of those was “Creepshow”, a horror anthology film featuring five different segments that starred Ed Harris (“The Rock”, Leslie Nielsen (“Naked Gun”, “Scary Movie 3”), Adrienne Barbeau (“The Fog”, “Escape From New York”), Ted Danson (“CSI”, “Cheers”), E.G. Marshall (“Nixon”), Hal Holbrook (“The Firm”), and even Stephen King himself in one of the more enjoyable segments with Tom Atkins (“Halloween 3”) starring in the prologue and epilogue of the film.
Composer John Harrison, who would later become a very solid writer/director (the John Ottman of his time) volunteered to write the score for the film after pretty much being the musical ear of editing the library music chosen for Romero’s previous films. With great success Harrison pulled off one heck of a miracle mixing his moody electronic work with library music specifically bought to aid his score and the film. Harrison would score all of the segments which include “Father’s Day”, “The Lonesome Death Of Jordy Verrill”, “Something To Tide You Over”, “The Crate” and “They’re Creeping Up On You” which feature some really solid set pieces with “Father’s Day”, “Something To Tide You Over” being my personal favorites and would be featured lovingly by Directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez as part of the great fake trailer montage in “Grindhouse” for Eli Roth’s masterful “Thanksgiving”. While Harrison provides some very solid horror moods for “The Create” that are very effective and horrific at times, “The Lonesome Death Of Jordy Verrill” is a little lighter in tone as the segment featuring King is in a way purposely goofy all the way around until the finale and “They’re Creeping Up On You” features a sterile, frigid sound that is very stark and frightening at the same time. While the “Prologue and Opening Titles” which are terrific, set up the tone of what’s to come with a wonderful piano motif that is very memorable and is perfectly bookended by “Epilogue” that closes the anthology quite perfectly. The rest of the album features the library music that aides Harrison’s solid horror score throughout which are very effective in their own right.
La-La Land had previously reissued Harrison’s original LP album which was produced by Varese Sarabande for the film’s release over ten years ago and now have lovingly expanded his score to its fullest and memorable extent. The library music adds some solid material to Harrison’s work, but his work is so potent that the album really didn’t need the extra material quite so much. Harrison’s work alone is worth getting the album along with that fun artwork without a doubt. My major quibble with this album is the way it is assembled in 48 tracks! The original album worked so well was because Harrison assembled the music for each segment into long suites that had a flow to them to highlight the material. Here it’s separately index, but they do play as a suite which is fine and yet they should’ve assembled them into longer tracks that would’ve been that much better. “Creepshow” regardless is a very solid album and a fine experience especially for fans of the film which I’m one as well. John Harrison’s work should’ve been showcased like this a long long time ago and it’s great to see his excellent body of work for this score get its’ rightful just due despite being a tad dated. Affectionate thumbs up.