Screamworks Records Presents:
Strippers vs. Werewolves and Cockneys vs. Zombies
Distributed by: Screamworks Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
When I received the soundtracks for Strippers vs. Werewolves and Cockneys vs. Zombies, I couldn’t help but laugh. The titles of the movies took me back to my childhood, watching late night or weekend horror features with titles like Dracula vs. the Mummy and more. The movies were B-rated at best, unrated at worst, and I couldn’t imagine what kind of soundtracks I was being asked to review, but, being that time of the year when horror soundtracks are popular, I couldn’t wait to take a listen.
Strippers vs. Werewolves
Composed By Neil Chaney
Songs By Sodajerker
In the horror/comedy Strippers vs. Werewolves, the women dancing in a local strip club find themselves in for a little full moon retribution when Werewolf Chief Jack Ferris (Billy Murray) gets killed in a freak accident at the strip club. Luckily the girls have a whole month until the next full moon to prepare.
The Strippers vs. Werewolves Soundtrack features songs by the Liverpool songwriting team of Sodajerker and a musical score by Neil Chaney. The music of Strippers vs. Werewolves has a 80s feel complete with synthesizers and punkish pop and dance songs. Synthesized hissing/growling sounds and other synthetic/electronic noises contribute the fear factor on instrumental tracks. The songs by Sodajerker are pretty decent with catchy lyrics that will, at times, elicit a chuckle or two.
I found the Strippers vs. Werewolves Soundtrack to be a lot of fun. I can imagine some of the songs by Sodajerker to be background music for the strip club scenes and the rest of the music to be background serenades for the carnage. As a stand alone album, I think any fan of the 80s would definitely find it an enjoyable addition to their music collection.
Cockneys vs. Zombies
Composed By: Jody Jenkins
When an ancient zombie grave is unearthed by a construction company working on an East End building development, a group of bank robbers find themselves battling against a seemingly endless supply of undead. As the plague spreads throughout London, the group head over to the old age home to rescue one of the bank robbers grandfather and find themselves fighting side by side against the zombies with the elderly. It's Cockneys vs. Zombies and I have a feeling that the Cockneys are going to come out on top.
The musical score of Cockneys vs. Zombies was created by British composer Jody Jenkins who studied percussion and composition at the Royal Academy of Music before beginning a career as a composer for film and television. He has composed scores for the Indian film Aladin, Sawney: Flesh of Man, Lipstikka, The Legend of Santa, Angels, Clash of the Dinosaurs, The Convent and more.
The musical score of Cockneys vs. Zombies takes itself pretty seriously, despite the comedic elements woven through the horror flick. The composer ran the gamut in musical instruments and styles to convey the horror and intense action that take place in the film. Orchestral music is mixed with electric guitars, synthesizers, disjointed electronic sounds, heavy rock percussion, a choir known as The Latvian Zombie Chorus and even a harmonica to supply a taste of the blues on the track The Empty Streets of London.
The Cockneys vs. Zombies Soundtrack features adrenaline pumping music that gives the listener a definitive idea of the action taking place in the movie. It also supplies the sounds of a choir mixed with disjointed electronic sounds, sudden spurts of horns and slashes of violins to create that spooky undertone perfect for a comedy/horror. The Cockneys vs. Zombies Soundtrack is a fun experience that is perfect as background music for the film and as a stand alone album any music fan would be happy to own.