Composed By: Halli Cauthery
Distributed by: ScreamWorks Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In Frankenstein, a modern retelling of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, the artificially created being known as Adam (Xavier Samuel) has been left for dead in Los Angeles by a team of eccentric scientists. Wherever Adam goes, he finds himself confronted by aggression and violence. As Adam struggles with the nature of humanity, the film forces us to question who exactly is the real monster in this tale.
The musical score of Frankenstein was created by British musician and composer Halli Cauthery. Studying violin, viola and composition, Cauthery would eventually earn degrees in music from Manchester University and the University of Cambridge. Working as an assistant to Harry Gregson-Williams from 2006 to 2012, he contributed music to such notable films as Shrek, X-Men and the Narnia films. He has collaborated with Henry Jackman on Captain America: Civil War and Kong: Skull Island, Danny Elfman on Hellboy 2 and Brian Tyler on Iron Man 3. As a solo composer, Halli Cauthery has created music for Turbo FAST, The East, Scared Shrekless and Living Proof.
The music found on the Frankenstein Soundtrack is just what the modern-day monster ordered. Featuring a mix of synths, electronic sound, strings, percussion and choir, the music tells the story through the eyes of Adam. According to the composer, “For director Bernard Rose’s bold modern take on the Frankenstein story, my score weaves together a number of contrasting musical ideas: from the solemn, chant-like piece for men’s choir which represents ‘Adam’, or the monster himself; to the gentle, reflective piano theme which is representative of the idea of ‘mother’ (a key theme in the movie); as well as the low throbbing electronic pulse around which is built a number of ‘horror’-like music cues depicting the monster’s deep inner emotional turmoil as he struggles to understand and make sense of the world around him.”
That throbbing electronic pulse sound not only lends to the modern feel of the film, it also serves to send chills up your spine. Horror cues like the cacophony of music that appears at the start of Syringe and in a couple of other moments in the score also aid in the scare factor. The rumbling undertones also aid in raising the hackles. The score is dark and befitting the subject matter and I have no doubt that it aids in the telling of Adam’s story through his eyes…his view of the world around him and the horrors it holds. An excellent listen.