The Music of Chillerama
Music By: Various Artists
Distributed by: BuySoundtrax Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Chillerama is a horror anthology film that pays homage to the late-night horror feature films of old. The local drive-in theater is scheduled to close and on its final night, owner Cecil B. Kaufman (Richard Riehle) has planned the ultimate horror marathon for his loyal patrons. He will show them four films that are so rare, they have never been released to the American public until this night. BuySoundtrax has released two albums featuring music from the segments I Was a Teenage Werebear and Zom-B-Movie.
The first album released is Chillerama: Zom-B-Movie and features music composed by Bear McCreary with a track performed by Brendan McCreary. Bear McCreary may have become famous as the composer of the music for the highly popular Battlestar Galactica television series, but he is no stranger to the horror movie genre, having composed the musical scores of The Walking Dead, Rest Stop and Wrong Turn.
The music of Chillerama: Zom-B-Movie starts off with a blast of energy thanks to the rocking first track, I Don't Want to Die a Virgin in which Brendan McCreary of Young Beautiful in a Hurry bemoans that if the world is going to end, he doesn't want to go out without having experienced sex. It's actually a pretty funny song that I can imagine as a new age anthem. The Chillerama Main Title brought back a lot of memories for me, a former fan of those late night horror films. Playing homage to the sounds of Chiller Theater, Mystery Science Theater and all of those late night horror movie venues, the Main Title contains spooky noises mixed with gothic organs. The rest of the album alternates between paying homage to the music of old horror flicks and offering up a new twist on horror film scores. Action sequences feature heavy percussion mixed with loud, fast-moving orchestral music.
Besides the anthem in the beginning, this album contains one other song worth mentioning - Deathification. This song plays homage to the disco theme of Shaft, but the lyrics are nothing close. In fact, the creator of this song, Fernando Phagbeefy, displayed a rather interesting sense of humor with this tale of fighting the forces of evil through defecation (interesting play on words, eh?). Chillerama: Zom-B-Movie contains two versions of this song: a mainly musical version in the main album and an explicit lyrics version at the end of the album, cleverly titled Deathification (Movement #2).
The second album, Chillerama: I Was a Teenage Werebear in which a young high school newbie falls for the school's bad boy. Their mutual affection for each other gives rise to an even more scandalous secret than their homosexuality - the two young men are actually werebears in the light of a full moon. The soundtrack features performances by PsychoCharger, Briana Nadeau, Bobby Vinton, and cast members Sean Paul Lockhart, Gabby West and Anton Troy.
This album also starts off with a bang as PsychoCharger, accompanied by snippets of film dialogue, rocks out with Chillerama. The rest of the album has a 50's/60's feel, featuring hilarious spoofs of popular songs by groups like The Monotones, The Rolling Stones and more. I knew everything there was to know about the storyline of I Was a Teenage Werebear thanks to the lyrics on the album. Each track was more and more creative and there were some tracks that I found hysterically funny, such as Love Bit Me on the Ass, Purge and Room for All. The lyrics of each song on the album were cleverly written and quite catchy. I found myself singing along with the album on my second listen.
I found both Chillerama albums, Zom-B-Movie and I Was a Teenage Werebear, to be highly enjoyable. However, I must caution parents out there that, just as you would probably not allow young children to watch Chillerama, you probably won't want your young kids listening to the extremely explicit lyrics of either Chillerama soundtrack. That being said, any fan of old school tongue-in-cheek horror films will definitely enjoy Chillerama and love to get his/her hands on Chillerama: Zom-B-Movie and Chillerama: I Was a Teenage Werebear.