John Dies at the End

Composed By: Brian Tyler

Distributed by: La-La Land Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                Based on a novel by David Wong, John Dies at the End is a science fiction/horror comedy starring Rob Mayes and Chase Williamson as John and Dave, two rather unlikely heroes trying to save humanity from an otherworldly invasion with the help of a new street drug called Soy Sauce.

                The musical score of John Dies at the End was created by American composer, producer, conductor and film producer Brian Tyler.  Shortly after receiving his Bachelor's Degree from UCLA and his Master's from Harvard University, Brian Tyler began composing scores for film, television and video games.  His impressive résumé includes the musical scores of Eagle Eye, The Expendables, Fast and Furious, Constantine, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Battle: Los Angeles, Terra Nova, Transformers Prime, Hawaii Five-O, Iron Man 3 and more.

                The music of John Dies at the End features guitars, keyboards, percussion and violin mixed with electronic sound, giving the score a gritty, science fiction/action feel.  There is also a nod toward the spaghetti westerns of old.  Think The Good, The Bad, The Ugly meets sci-fi.  That spaghetti western main character theme finds its way through most of the electric guitar theme that gives you the feeling that the hero has just entered the room.

                The John Dies at the End Soundtrack is quite interesting and more serious than I would have expected for a movie of this nature.  I think it is perfect as a stand alone album and more than likely blends in well with the visuals of the film.  A job well-done by Brian Tyler.


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