Reviews - Modern Vampires (The Revenant)

Review by Ian Davis

Elfman's music for Richard Elfman's film Revenant presents a rather amusing interaction between Martian Madame (Mars Attacks) and Men in Black, which results in the cool, cheap'n'creepy style perfect for this film. Elfman uses groovy synths, deep bass, and solo and children's voices. Set in LA, the storyline and characters are laughably overdone, most of the script is deliberately poker-faced with the odd funny one-liner, and Count Dracula looks like Al Pacino in Devil's Advocate.
The rest of the music scoring is by Michael Wandmacher, which consists of mainly forgettable humdrum synths together with heavy-rock songs, relieved by highly amusing abuse of classical music (Boccherini, Vivaldi, Mozart, Schubert, and most notably, Ponchielli!) and tango.
I'd recommend Elfman's title music for a compilation disc, but wouldn't rush out to get a disc just for the sake of hearing it: there's nothing particularly new here. Get the trashy video instead!
Rating: * *

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