Beyond Re-Animator

Composed By: Xavier Capellas

Distributed by: Screamworks Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In 2003, a sequel to the 1985 Lovecraftian horror film Re-Animator, first premiered on the Sci-Fi Channel.  Beyond Re-Animator features Jeffrey Combs returning as mad scientist Dr. Herbert West.  A dozen years after we have last seen the doctor, we discover that he is serving time in prison.  But that doesn't stop the mad doctor from continuing his re-animation research.  Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the film, Screamworks Records has released the musical score for the film on CD and in digital format.

                The musical score of Beyond Re-Animator was created by Spanish composer Xavier Capellas whose musical interests began in jazz, winning first prize in a jazz festival in 1984.  He later studied film scoring at the Berklee College of Music and went on to earn a Master's Degree in Composition from the University of Southern California.  Since then, Capellas has created music for advertising, television and film.  His résumé includes the musical scores of Faust, Nobody's Life, Obaba, Paintball, Bruc, The Manhunt and more.

                The score composed for Beyond Re-Animator features classic horror/science fiction music with high pitched short violin strokes (remember Psycho?), brass blasts and electronic sound.  The entire album is a mix of electronic and orchestral sound and the listener gets the immediate impression that this is a science fiction/horror film with a comedic undertone that features some elements of action. 

                That being said, I'm not certain I would want to spend $8.00 for a digital download or upwards of $12.00 for the CD version of the Beyond Re-Animator Soundtrack.  I commend Xavier Capellas for a musical score worthy of the low-budget sic-fi/horror film he was presented with.  I'm just not so sure that folks, other than truly diehard fans of the film will want to spend hard earned money on purchasing it.


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