Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich
Musical Score By: Fabio Frizzi
Soundtrack Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In the latest edition of the Puppet Master horror film franchise, Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, Thomas Lennon is Edgar, a recent divorcé who has returned to his childhood home to regroup. As he looks through the house, he discovers a horrific looking puppet in his brother’s room and he decides to sell it for some quick cash at an auction located at a convention celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Toulon Murders. Perhaps this was not one of Edgar’s brightest decisions, because a strange force at the location animates all of the puppets in the convention, sending them on a bloody killing spree.
The musical score of Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich was created by Italian composer Fabio Frizzi. Fabio’s father, Fulvio, was one of the great architects of the Italian cinema's golden years, so it is no surprise that Fabio would develop an interest in film. Growing up listening to opera, baroque, symphonic Russian, popular and traditional music, pop and more, Fabio had great interest in music and studied piano, classical guitar and more. Over the years, he has created musical score for film, television and theater and has also composed numerous ballets. Some of his works include the scores of The Beyond, City of the Living Dead, Silver Saddle, Zombi 2, Manhattan Baby, Nightmare Concert and Seven Notes in Black.
According to the composer, “I started working early in film music. It was the beginning of the 70s, Italian cinema was very prosperous, and there were productions of all kinds. I remember that the common element among them was enthusiasm, a deep love for what is called the seventh art, and is for many producers, directors, screenwriters, and workers first of all, a passion. It's been a long time, but Cinestate involved me in this new adventure, which has had many points in common with my early experience in film music. In each one of them I found that atmosphere, that enthusiasm, that strong passion for cinema. And I immediately felt at home. This score is dedicated to my brother Fabrizio, with whom I shared 60 years of fun and hopes.”
When I was sent the Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich Soundtrack for review, I wasn’t sure what to expect. A great many of the horror soundtracks I receive lately are little more than sound effects for the film. Sure, a horror score is supposed to enhance the scare that the visuals of the film give the audience, but there should be a little music involved as well. I was pleased to discover that I had nothing to worry about. Fabio Frizzi gives us a score that is all music, no real horror cues to speak of and yet, the music is definitely rather creepy in some parts. There is a violin theme that can sometimes be forlorn and creepy, especially when accompanied by synths (at least I think that’s a synthesizer created those strange keyboard-like sounds). Guitars, Synths, piano and percussion are later joined by electric guitars, but things really heat up in the track Nazi Puppets Action. The music grows in crescendo and tempo and you just know that our main characters are in a heap of trouble.
I had a great time listening to the Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich Soundtrack. In fact, I listened to it a couple of times. This is one of those albums that works as a standalone as well as a great accompanying score to the latest installment of the Puppet Master franchise. Well done, Mr. Frizzi!