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The Man Who Collected Food (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)


Composer: Daniel Alcheh
Screamworks Records
RRP: £13.99
Available 28 June 2011

Miguel Appet is a serious collector. He must have the colour variants, the rarities, the 1950s originals: every food he can find - and keep - in mint condition. No one but his overbearing mother knows that his home, tucked in the quiet suburb of Cibuston, has become a massive museum to comestibles. His neighbours to the right, dad Horace and son Eustice don’t notice a thing as they plot their next deer hunt. His neighbour to the left, Kelvin Green, is too busy searching for the alien he’s sure attacked him once. And Miguel eats... people. He has to, since eating his precious food is not an option. However, being a cannibal is not as easy as it seems, especially when you have a food collection to take care of...

Daniel Alcheh's score for 'The Man Who Collected Food' is an interesting collection of tracks which showcase a variety of styles. There's the quirky, fun offerings ('First Food Convention'; 'Kelvin's Story' ), the classically inspired tracks ('The Dagger: Theme from The Man Who Collected Food'; 'Group Therapy'; 'Sneaking In & Anamnesis'; 'Visitation Rights'; 'Last Food Convention'; 'The Dagger: Reprise'), and then there's good old fashioned horror based themes ('Opening Credits'; 'The Chair'; 'Finishing Off Mother')

The composers main inspiration, when it comes to the classical side off the score, appears to be Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. In addition 'La Caccia' pays homage to Bernard Herrmann's memorable main theme from Psycho.

There's a lot here to enjoy, and very little to hate. The end result is a well rounded score that soundtrack buffs should add to their collection.


Darren Rea

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