Danny Elfman * music for the motion picture Sleepy Hollow (cd 1999 hollywood records)

This cd has actually already been available for a while. Not since 1999 though, the movie is of that year but it came to the Netherlands long after it was shown in the States of course. Anyway, because I wanted to listen to it first, I had to wait until I saw a copy somewhere in a shop. So you can already tell that this cd is buy-worthy, right? I’m glad though that the shop where I got it had a 20%-off day, because these soundtracks are even more expensive than the already ridiculously expensive cds in the Netherlands.
Sleepy Hollow is an enjoyable movie. Not very scary (actually I found the ‘scary’ parts mostly funny), but very nice in intention. And as it is supposed to with a modern horror movie, there is a classical ‘score’ on the background and to be found on cd. The soundtrack of Sleepy Hollow sounds very typical for a modern horror soundtrack as well. Tranquil and bombastic parts, lots of copper, timpanies, scary violins, a choir with no more lyrics than “ooooh” and “aaaah”, just name it and it’s there. There are also easy paralels to be drawn with the soundstracks of for example “Interview with the Vampire”, “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” or “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein”. If you like the soundtracks of such films, I’m sure you will also enjoy this cd.
Personally I think this soundtrack is pretty good, but not as good as for example that of “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”. But sometimes another piece of classical music in our players won’t heard anyone right? <31/8/00><3>

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