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At last, Belgian composer Kreng proffers his first proper film soundtrack, for the Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott-directed Cooties starring Elijah Wood, and among good company on the excellent Death Waltz/Mondo series.
Smartly bridging classic horror themes and more contemporary electronic production, Cooties should firmly establish Kreng as one of the most apt soundtrack writers around. Arguably, it’s a bit of a seminal moment; setting new levels for imaginative, eclectic sound design within what is (strangely enough) far too often a conservative genre that’s all too happy to recycle the same old gestures and reference the same old cats and same old themes verbatim.
With Cooties, the esteemed Belgian artist smartly addresses all the classic requirements of a horror film - tension, discord, shock, playfully surreal atmospheres - but, informed with more incisive knowledge of modern classical arrangement and electronic production.
We’d file it up next to Mica Levi’s Under The Skin OST, Broadcast’s Berberian Sound Studio, or Dickon Hinchcliffe’s Red Riding: In The Year of Our Lord 1980 score for modern soundtrack excellence (also hoping to add Clint Mansell’s High Rise to that list, when they get the bleeding thing out!).