Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Book Excerpt of the Day

"Hammer's Horror of Dracula was an even bigger hit than Hammer's Frankenstein and spawned several sequels. Composer James Bernard again used the film's title (actually just "Drac-u-la") to compose the theme. The orchestral sound is typical of Hammer. Strings swirl menacingly as brass blares with full-blooded passion. Woodwinds flutter like bat wings in the night, and thundering percussion punctuates the grim processional that promises inevitable doom. In other words, break out the crucifix and holy water -- Count Dracula is on the prowl! Bernard's "Dracula" theme remains one of the most identifiable horror themes ever."

– from Chapter 6: A Fearful Earful of Kristopher Spencer’s Film and Television Scores, 1950-1979

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