GIALLO COMPOSER TALKS HERRMANN, WILLIAMS
SAYS ARGENTO'S LATEST REMINDS OF HITCHCOCK & DE PALMA
This past week, Little White Lies' James Gracey
interviewed composer Marco Werba
, who has scored Dario Argento
's latest film, Giallo
. Werba told Gracey that for Giallo
, he was inspired by Bernard Herrmann
's scores for Alfred Hitchcock
and Brian De Palma
I offered to write a symphonic score in a similar vein to Bernard Herrmann because Giallo is a great film that reminds me of the masterpieces of Alfred Hitchcock and Brian De Palma. Herrmann not only composed for Hitchcock, he also wrote the music for two of the best De Palma films, Sisters and Obsession.
Werba also mentions the score for De Palma's The Fury as John Williams' best:
It’s difficult to say which specific film scores I deeply admire. There are many good compositions for films. I would say that each composer has his own best film scores. John Williams wrote wonderful music for Brian De Palma’s thriller The Fury, but it’s not a well-known score.
WES CRAVEN TALKS EXPLODING HEADS
Also this past week, UGO's Jordan Hoffman posted a conversation with Wes Craven in which the two discussed cinema's best exploding head scenes...
[Hoffman, discussing a screening of the Last House On The Left
remake] “You heard the audience’s reaction with the exploding head. That’s entertainment! That was one of the best exploding heads I’ve seen in a while. Definitely in the top ten.”
[Craven] “Well, nothing beats Cronenberg’s Scanners."
[Hoffman] “I disagree! I think Scanners takes the silver medal and there is one better. John Cassavetes exploding at the end of Brian De Palma’s The Fury.”
Craven seems unsure and simply says, “Mmm.”
I backpedal. “But that isn’t just his head, that is his whole body. But it is the head that flies up at the camera. In slow motion.”
[Craven] “Well, I had a hell of an exploding head I shot for Deadly Friend. It was one of the more spectacular things I ever shot of Anne Twomey’s head, but the studio had us cut it out. It’s out there somewhere in a vault at Warner Brothers never to see the light of day.”
[Hoffman] “Maybe for a DVD release?”
[Craven] “Well, you never know.”