Composed By: Christian Henson
Distributed by: Screamworks Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Charlie (Noel Clarke) and Shelley (Antonia Campbell-Hughes) are having a bad day. They have just broken up and, along with their best friend, Mark (Colin O'Donoghue), are going through their rental in a storage facility, dividing up their things. Unbeknownst to them, the city of London is in chaos as a military plane has crashed, causing a citywide blackout. Unfortunately, this means that Charlie, Shelley and Mark are locked inside the storage facility. Even worse...whatever strange cargo the downed military plane was carrying...it's in the storage facility with them...and it doesn't play well with others.
Storage 24 is a British science fiction horror film directed by Johannes Roberts. The musical score of the film was created by Christian Henson, a British composer who comes from a long line of musical family members. From a young age, Christian Henson was interested in music and how it fit with various television and movie scenes. Having a background in both orchestral and electronic music, Henson has become efficient in blending the two to create unique musical scores. His diverse film score résumé includes Chasing Liberty, Severance, The Devil's Double, Black Death and more.
I listened to this soundtrack without reading the information about the film. Without knowing anything about the film it was created for, I could guess at what was happening simply from the music that Christian Henson composed for it. The music of Storage 24 begins in an ominous and dark orchestral tone, reflecting the somber mood of the broken couple as well as the disastrous plane crash and the resulting drama behind it. A background static electronic sound gives the listener the impression that something from your worst science fiction horror nightmares is stalking our heroes. Slashes of strings and smatterings of electronic sound let the listener know when something frightening is happening within the film.
While I have no doubt that the musical score of Storage 24 is a great accompaniment to the visuals of the film, perfectly enhancing the scary sequences of the movie, I have cause to believe that it may not sell very well as a stand alone soundtrack. I found the music was not complex or compelling enough for me to want to buy it on its own. Perhaps a fan of the film or of the composer himself might want to check it out, but I doubt the average individual who has no idea what the film is about is going to want to spend some of their hard earned paycheck on the Storage 24 Soundtrack.