The Innkeepers

Composed by: Jeff Grace

Distributed by: Screamworks Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            In the horror film The Innkeepers, Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy) are employees at the Yankee Pedlar Inn.  After over one hundred years of service, the inn is scheduled to close for good and Claire and Luke are determined to reveal the hotelís haunted past in the final days of its existence.  But as old guests begin to return, the two realize there is some truth to the old adage, ďBe careful what you wish for.Ē

            The musical score of The Innkeepers was created by Jeff Grace.  Graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in music from The Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Grace began his foray into film and television scoring in 1998, working as a composer and producer for Ruggieri Music in New York.  Working as an assistant to Academy Award winning composer Howard Shore, Jeff helped work on the compositions of the musical scores of such notable films as The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Gangs of New York, Panic Room and The Score.  Since then, he has composed for both concert and stage and has created musical scores for such films as The Last Winter, Liberty Kidd, The House of the Devil, Trigger Man and The Roost.

            The music of The Innkeepers is designed to scare you - after all, it was composed for a horror film.  I enjoyed the opening theme which presented the listener with a layering of orchestral music.  It begins with one set of instrument playing a specific piece, then another set comes in playing a different piece, and so one, until all of the pieces seem to overlap one another in a layered affect.  I havenít actually heard something like this for a horror film before.  It gave me the impression that there was a lot more to this film than met the eye and that, once you began to peel the layers back, you might find the true horror that lies underneath.

            According to Grace, the most difficult part of the composing was incorporating the comedic elements of the film in the score (the antics of the amateur ghost hunters in the beginning of the film) and then transitioning to horror.  Those comedic moments are especially noticeable in the third track of The Innkeepers Soundtrack, Right Behind You!Things start getting more serious with the next track, Garage, which has some extremely eerie sounds.  I canít exactly put my finger on it, but if the sound isnít created on a saw, then it would have to be some extremely creative bow work.

            In creating the musical score of The Innkeepers, Jeff Grace has enhanced the visuals in the film and made them that much scarier.  His score is also enjoyable as a stand alone album.  I enjoyed listening to The Innkeepers Soundtrack so much, I was intrigued by the type of movie that would inspire such a score.  So, I checked out the official trailer for The Innkeepers and now I definitely want to see the film.  Congratulations, Mr. Grace, on yet another job well done.


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