Cradle of Fear

Composer: Various
Silva Screen
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As this is a review of the soundtrack, here's just a handful of words about the film. Cradle of Fear is a loosely connected anthology of four horror stories. Kemper, a child killer is incarcerated, but uses The Man to exact revenge on those involved in his imprisonment.

Despite being a small independent British film, Cradle of Fear unexpectedly achieved a theatrical release which made the release of a soundtrack possible. Silva Screen deserves some credit here for the comprehensive packaging, but as for the music... Oh, dear!

Why oh why do so many modern horror films, and even mainstream action movies, have to drown their projects in overbearing hip hop, rap, nu metal or grunge? Any celluloid experience should be about feeling and emotion, light and shade.

In this case, tracks by Cradle of Filth, Lungworm, and The Poets, among others, sound so alike as to run into each other. The tracks are punctuated by any clip from the film wherein somebody swears; the idea perhaps being to purposefully offend. Maybe they just wanted the popular Parental Advisory Explicit Content notice on the front. Again, a horror tale should always set out to scare or astound, not offend or disgust.

This disc will only appeal to followers of this music and not general soundtrack collectors. The audio quality is good, but that is all.

Ty Power

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