Red Riding Hood Soundtrack13.03.11 # Soundtrack # 44 Comments
The Red Riding Hood soundtrack. Well well well. I think we were all fairly comfortable in the shared assumption that the massive success of the Twilight films (I refuse to use the word ‘franchise’ since I am still of the perhaps misguided belief that films are more important than fast food outlets) would lead to a whole bunch of derivative undead monster movies aimed at undemanding teenage audiences, but the director of Twilight? Making a werewolf film? With a beautiful teenage girl protagonist? With a narrative in which her fascination with undead beasts represents some facet of her sexual awakening? Well I never. That is just bare-faced cheek. That’s not cricket. That’s so outrageously cynical that it’s almost impressive. Turns out Thirteen and Lords of Dogtown were misleading – Catherine Hardwicke doesn’t care about truthfully representing youth so much as she cares about churning out formulaic fairy-tales about pretty teenagers withholding their sexual desires and therefore finding love in the good old Christian way. Of course there’s little place for plain-looking teenagers who have responsible if more casual sex in such films, which pretty much accounts for the vast majority of teenagers, including the ones in Hardwicke’s earlier films, but that’s neither here nor there. Some people might use a phrase like ‘selling out’ at this point. And they’d be right to. She has sold out. I hope she enjoys all the lovely money. Having said that, the film is period-set and stars Gary Oldman, so it will probably be better than Twilight.
The soundtrack to Red Riding Hood consists principally of eleven tracks composed by Brian Reitzell, who collaborated with Air and Kevin Shields on the soundtracks to Sofia Coppola’s Virgin Suicides and Lost In Translation respectively, and played drums on Air’s 10,000 Hz Legend album, making him a man worthy of respect. His work here however consists of rather generic atmospherics, all eery soundscaping, strings and occasional tribal drums – the kind of perfectly functional creepy score that achieves its goals in the cinema and becomes instantly unnecessary to all but the most ardent of soundtrack buffs when released on CD. Two tracks from Fever Ray, which sound like Prodigy B-sides married to a Roxette-style power-ballad vocal, and a half-decent if derivative shoegazing track from The Big Pink’s first album don’t up the standard much. As a listening experience, it’s a little like being stuck eternally in the title sequence from Mad Men and being stalked by a lupine Jon Hamm.
Perhaps then the Red Riding Hood soundtrack will be of most use to impressionable teenagers struggling to suppress their normal and healthy sexual desires, like their impossibly beautiful on-screen heroes. Should they feel the onset of horniness, they can simply turn to their iPod, hit play, and use these creepy horror genre atmospherics to soundtrack their daily life, until they’re convinced that every boy or girl they see at the mall or at school who shows even the slightest sign of attraction actually wants to tear their flesh off with their bare teeth. Remember kids: chastity is great, and all those who suggest otherwise are comparable to evil undead monsters.
You can download Red Riding Hood soundtrack as mp3s here
Red Riding Hood Soundtrack (Songs & Score) – Track List
1. Towers Of The Void – Brian Reitzell
2. Kids – Brian Reitzell & Alex Heffes
3. Dead Sister – Brian Reitzell & Alex Heffes
4. The Wolf – Fever Ray
5. Mt. Grimoor – Brian Reitzell & Alex Heffes
6. Tavern Stalker – Brian Reitzell & Alex Heffes
7. Grandma’s House – Brian Reitzell & Alex Heffes
8. Keep The Streets Empty For Me – Fever Ray
9. Wolf Attack Suite – Brian Reitzell & Alex Heffes
10. Just A Fragment Of You – Alex Gonzalez from M83 & Brian Reitzell
11. The Reveal – Brian Reitzell & Alex Heffes
12. Finale – Brian Reitzell & Alex Heffes
13. End Suite – Brian Reitzell
14. Crystal Visions – The Big Pink
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