Alan Silvestri's latest
effort, What Lies Beneath, is just what one might expect given the
subject matter of the film. Silvestri's score is foreboding, and,
well, downright scary. This is not the stuff you play when you are
wanting to be cheered up; however, it does demonstrate some of Silvestri's
unique talents. The amount of music contained in this release is
minimal (under 30 minutes) but is sufficient. There are just some
types of music you don't want to hear an hour of. The majority of this
score as released by Varese Sarabande wanders quietly and menacingly and is occasionally interjected with some heart stopping screeches of the
strings and at other times blasts of brass and percussion. Yes, your
typical recipe for horror film. Silvestri seems to have been inspired
by the mesmerizings of a Jerry Goldsmith, and, at the same time, by the
terrorizings of a Bernard Hermann.
With such wonderful
works as Judge Dredd, Contact, and Forrest Gump to his credit, Alan
Silvestri is certainly one composer film music fans keep an eye on.
Unfortunately, What Lies Beneath is not the sort of film that is going to
deliver such a memorable score. In fulfilling his job Silvestri
composes a fitting dark and sometimes terrifying score. What Lies
Beneath can scare the bejeebies out of you, but isn't the sort to provide
long threads in your favorite message board.