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Scary Movie by David Kitay

Composed and Produced by David Kitay
Performed by Northwest Sinfonia
Album Produced by Ford A. Thaxton
Executive Album Producer: John J. Alcantar III
Released by
Super Tracks January 2001


Q-Review

The Brothers Wayans may have pulled off the spoof of spoofs with their film, Scary Movie. This spooky - spoof most notably takes most of its elements from the Scream film series. It became one 2000's biggest money makers as it pulled on the younger generations to the theatre two and three times over.

To accompany the mimicking nature of the film, composer David Kitay was solicited to compose a score which would also echo the films referenced in Scary Movie. Composer David Kitay has several noteworthy credits including: score for Look Who's Talking and for the television series Mad About You. For Scary Movie, Kitay would draw on the select styles of some of the most recognizable film music in recent memory, among them: James Horner's Titanic, and the Propellerheads' contribution to The Matrix.

 


The Bottom Line

The majority of the score echoes back to Beltrami's music for Scream. There is an abundance of shrieking and trembling strings and throbbing percussions and crashing, dissonant piano chords. Following the formulaic fashion for conveying mischief and comedic-relief are the use of woodwind instruments, the oboe and clarinet. Kitay offers a couple of interesting diversions with the Titanic spoof, a funk/jazz piece, and a celtic, Lord of the Dance reference to boot.

Scary Movie spoofed in tons of duckets ($$$) and the Wayans laughed all the way to the bank. The score, while clever and accurate enough within the film, is no more enjoyable than Marco Beltrami's efforts. Beltrami fans, might be a bit offended by the effort, but no more than Scream fans should be of the film.

 Category

Score

Rating: 4/10

 Originality

4/10

 Composition 4/10

 CD Length

6/10

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