The Man Who Collected Food

Music Composed by: Daniel Alcheh

Distributed by: Screamworks Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            In the horror film, The Man Who Collected Food, Mike N. Kelly is Miguel Appet, a serious food collector…one might say, a fanatical food collector.  His mother (Lila Miller) is the only one who has any idea of her son’s museum-like collection.  His father and brother (Russell Fox and Joey Uretta) are oblivious.  His neighbor (Gary J. Wagner) is too absorbed with hunting down aliens.  As Miguel’s collection grows, one has to wonder: with his insistence on keeping all sorts of food in mint condition, never opening the packaging, what exactly does he eat?  The answer is obvious to any horror movie buff:  HE EATS PEOPLE!

            The musical score of The Man Who Collected Food was created by Daniel Alcheh, an Israeli-born, Hollywood-based composer who began his music career at an early age, learning to play the piano when he was six.  Alcheh began actively pursuing the path of composer in his teenage years.  He began composing music for films and animation while still an undergraduate.  His most recent compositions have appeared in television series like The Music Makers and Svetlana, documentaries such as The Erroneous Earth Kitchen and Breaking All Records and the film Nowhere to Hide.

            Music is always a very important part of a horror film.  The music often times helps define the film, aiding in the frightfulness of the visual effects and adding an extra depth of creepiness to the movie.  But The Man Who Collected Food is not your average horror film.  There is a comical aspect to it and Daniel Alcheh was able to create a musical score that met both of the film’s needs.

            When I listened to The Man Who Collected Food Soundtrack, I decided to do so without reading any of the promotional material included with the soundtrack.  I didn’t want to know anything about the movie this score was created for.  I wanted a sanitary experience - just me and the music with no knowledge as to what genre it was created for or what might be going on in the film when certain tracks are playing.  I was delighted with the first track of the album, The Dagger: Theme from The Man Who Collected Food, a classical piece in the baroque styling that appeared just after the Renaissance Period.  The style is extremely energetic and exciting and I couldn’t help playing conductor along with the music.  This theme makes an appearance throughout the soundtrack in tracks like La Caccia, Sneaking In & Anamnesis and The Dagger: Reprise.

            Other tracks seemed more comical in nature, like Kelvin’s Story, Alien’s Escape and You Can’t Eat Us.   With lighthearted tones and a comedic nature, the music brought to mind a character comically sneaking around, funny antics of comedies past and the title You Can’t Eat Us…well, with the comedic style of the musical track, I was picturing food begging the main character for mercy…and I suppose, in a way, this is exactly what is taking place in this scene.  There are also some classic scary tracks, complete with disjointed noises and dark music.

            Once I discovered exactly what The Man Who Collected Food was all about, everything fell into place.  I could see Miguel hard at work with his collection and making himself a midnight cannibal snack to the baroque classical pieces.  Moments in which his family and neighbors struggle to understand Miguel and sometimes fall prey to Miguel’s hunger would be punctuated by the horror tracks.  The rest of the time, hilarity reigns as the crazy neighbor’s alien hunt ensues and Miguel’s oblivious family works around his obsession.

            I don’t know if I can say the same about the movie and its premise, but The Man Who Collected Food Soundtrack by Daniel Alcheh is a breath of fresh air.  This is a horror film soundtrack that goes against the grain.  The composer doesn’t just offer up some screechy violins and disjointed noises and call it a day.  This composer went the extra mile, offering us something truly unique and enjoyable.  I highly recommend The Man Who Collected Food Soundtrack to any music aficionado.


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