Killer Klowns Film Score Revisited is simply a lot of fun. I am partial to this film for many reasons. It was filmed in Santa Cruz, around the time the Lost Boys was made. The Killer Klowns kill people by zapping them and turning them into cotton candy. So of course I find the music very endearing as well.
The album starts off with a more rock and roll rendition of the circus-y sounding theme song. The vocalist sounds like the singer from Rush, like a happy gnome or something. There is a tacky whammy bar thing repeating, along with the main Klown motif (over and over again) . There is a very 80’s touch to the recording, like Cheap Trick or something. The production is very clean, which adds to the listening enjoyment. As we get into more of the orchestral tracks, such as:
song 4- there are some really nice and smooth tones and very effective percussion , such as timpani drums.
Track 5 – a bass intro followed by a funky guitar and keyboard riff, which sounds dissonant , but not that great. A NIN type groove starts coming in all the sudden, interestingly.
Track 7- fun , playful orchestral piece, which resembles Danny Elfman’s Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, and then followed by a marching band song (briefly). A part in the middle has a descending crescendo which cascades towards peril.
Track 8 -also very enjoyable in terms of sounding as if there is some great epic challenge being met. There is a lot of range on this album.
Track 9 – adagio at first. Kind of ambient, but cool and building up to something. Tense Hitchcock style music builds towards the end, which has the second main melodic motif from the film end the song in style.
Track 11 – very serene though some minor tension in the strings.
Track 15- a demented psychedelic riff opens this extremely brief, but quality track.
Track 18 – a more up tempo and tense minor key piece, mostly executed on the strings. It has some cool transitions and orchestral swells. Parts of it resemble the theme song from Amazing Stories, a personal favorite.
Track 19 – a slow, somewhat mundane piece, which doesn’t excel without the movie showing at the same time. Some pizzicato tones add some flavor around the two minute mark though.