The Monster

Musical Score By: tomandandy

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the horror film, The Monster, 10-year-old Lizzy (Ella Ballentine) wants her mom Kathy (Zoe Kazan) to drive her to her fatherís home for his turn at custody.  Kathyís alcoholism and her behavior while she is drunk have pushed Lizzy to tell her mother that she wants to stay with her father permanently, a decision that her mother decides is probably for the best.  That is, until her journey through the stormy night ends in a car accident on a lonely desolate road, surrounded by woods that may be home to some sort of evil entity.

                The musical score of The Monster was created by the composing team of Thomas Hajdu and Andy Milburn, better known as tomandandy.  The two met at Princeton University and began collaborating with film director Mark Pellington at MTV, creating music for commercials, television series, feature films, art installations and record projects.  As they grew, tomandandy built a number of recording studios in New York and Los Angeles.  The music production company has worked with such notable artists as U2, Lou Reed and Alicia Keys.  Film credits include Resident Evil: Afterlife, Killing Zoe, Arlington Road, The Rules of Attraction, The Hills Have Eyes and The Mothman Prophecies.

                The Monster Soundtrack begins with a piano driven score.  That all changes with the track Wolf as synths are added.  As the soundtrack continues, there are more instances of synths and sound manipulation, but things donít really get interesting until the musical outburst found in the track Down.  By then, you are halfway through the album, which culminates at Track 27 with a church hymn called My Faith Stays Strong (performed by Alexa Melo) that sounds as if it is an old scratchy record being played on a Victrola

                For the most part, The Monster Soundtrack is pretty darn boring.  As I listened I kept wondering when we were going to get to the supreme scary stuff, but I was mostly listening to some ominous sounds mixed in with piano keys.  The rare interesting track is relatively finished before it can get really intense and that somewhat disappointed me.  This score didnít really put that fear in me.  Horror films often depend on their music scores to aid in the scares, but the score created for The Monster doesnít make all that much of an effort to add to the scare factor.  Not an album I would recommend to horror fans out there.


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