The Schwartz is back
with composer John Debney providing the chilling score for this Apocalyptic
mess of a film, End of Days. With the dark subject matter of
the film, the expectation for such a score is generally very high when it
comes to strong thematic material. What is expected are the clichéd
vocals, eerie strings, and creepy-synthesized concoctions that composers
find a way to come up with for such scores. Factor in any Biblical
element and a choir is going to be a part of the basic package. With
such knowledge and expectation in mind, John Debney does not disappoint.
choir is there. The strings are there. The piano crashes,
synthesized spooks, haunting solo soprano: they all make there obligatory
appearances. Together they unfortunately forge a rather typical horror
film score. Knowing the talent that Mr. Debney possesses makes this a
interesting element is the strong similarities to one of the main themes
from Terminator established nearly 20 years ago. Intentional or
not, the theme is very easily discerned in track 3, The Shooter, and
provides a needed moment of laughter.
End of Days
by John Debney provides few moments of listenable music. The clichés
are endless and such music probably already exists in one's film music
collection somewhere. Given the material Debney had to work with, he
did a decent job, but in a film that blew the doors of creative license, the
development of the score in that fashion was sadly left out.