Trick 'r Treat

Composed By: Douglas Pipes

Distributed by: La-La Land Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Trick ‘r Treat is a new horror film created by Michael Dougherty, produced by Bryan Singer and starring Anna Paquin, Dylan Baker, Brian Cox, Tahmoh Penikett and Leslie Bibb.  The film is a collection of interwoven tales set on Halloween night, such as a high school principal with a side job as a serial killer, a grouchy old man dealing with a trick-or-treating demon and more.

            Michael Dougherty began writing this film in 2001 and concedes that music has a great influence on the movie making process.  In fact, he listened to a playlist of classic film scores while creating the screenplay for Trick ‘r Treat.  The movie was delayed numerous times, but Dougherty is happy for the delay - it gave him time to get Douglas Pipes on board to create the musical score for the film.  Dougherty had heard Pipes musical score for Monster House and he knew that Pipes was the perfect film score composer for Trick ‘r Treat.

            I couldn’t wait to listen to this soundtrack.  It may have had something to do with the packaging.  The accompanying cover / liner note booklet featured a demented looking scarecrow like imp on the cover, at once funny and yet somehow kind of menacing.  I was intrigued.

            The album starts off immediately with a slasher-type sound for the Main Titles.  Douglas Pipes apparently knows what he’s doing when it comes to composing music for scary films.  Get things off and running with an adrenaline-pumping track is rule number one.  Next, add in some calm music…very quiet and relaxing music that puts the listener off guard.  Then, hit them with some loud sounds - hammer-like disjointed noise, or loud spurts of orchestral sound.  Of course, let’s not forget the creepy children voices accompanying some of the tracks.  Oh, and what about that recurring theme?  You know, the one that taunts you with a sound something like this: “Naaaah, nah.  Naaaah, nah.  Naaah nah nah nah naaaah, nah!

            I must admit that I jumped listening to this soundtrack…and jumped often.  There aren’t many tracks on this CD that don’t contain moments that will make you jump out of your seat.  A soundtrack that is creepy enough to raise the hackles on your neck and goosebumps on your arms.  That’s what Douglas Pipes has created for Trick ‘r Treat, a musical score that, when added to the visuals and storyline of the film, is bound to creep the hell out of you - mission accomplished!


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