There are countless films that have been elevated to entirely new levels thanks to their accompanying musical scores. Whether it’s a classic such as John Carpenter’s Halloween or the more recent, dread filled synth of It Follows, a film’s score is one of the most integral parts of it’s DNA. Today’s interviewee, Steve Moore, knows a thing or two about this as he is the man responsible for crafting one of the standout scores of the past few years.
His pulsating synth music propelled 2014’s The Guest to a whole other level of awesome. Drawing acclaim from fans and critics alike who took note of the effect his Carpenter-esque sounds had on the film, melding perfectly with director Adam Wingard’s striking neon visuals. Steve is not only a composer for various films, but also an accomplished musician who has released numerous electronic styled solo projects, along with the intense work of his band Zombi (along with band mate A.E. Paterra). The great response to Steve’s score for The Guest ultimately led to it being released on limited edition Vinyl, via Death Waltz/Mondo. You can check out a track from that below, as well as the latest track from the upcoming Zombi album due out in October on Relapse records.
I was thankfully, first introduced to Steve’s music by my good pal Uncle Tnuc who had been singing his praises long before The Guest was ever released. Steve has always been a friendly, down to earth guy whenever we have briefly chatted, So when I reached out to see if he would be interested in participating in our Dissecting Fear interview series, he was more than happy to oblige. Being such big fans of his work and music in general we are honored to be able to get him involved with this discussion. He took his time to come up with thoughtful and interesting answers and we hope you all enjoy reading them as much as we did. Also when you are finished be sure to check out the links at the end of this article to read more about Steve and hear some more of his work!
As a child what horror film and/or horror character scared you the most and why do you feel they had this effect on you?
Do you have an example telling of an instance or two where this fear really manifested itself and had an impact on you and your behavior?
What is your definition of “scary” when it comes to modern horror films these days? So many people are quick to say a film isn’t scary, but each person has their own definition of what that means.
I saw you post recently about Sinister, I enjoyed that one – it’s about the world’s shittiest dad. Without getting too spoiler-y, everything bad that happens to the protagonist and his family is a direct result of him being a shitty dad, and a shitty husband. He’s too self absorbed to realize he’s making the worst decisions – that’s the kind of thing that scares me these days. People making bad decisions, ruining their lives, real talk.
I have two daughters now, so my whole perspective on the horror genre has changed. I am very sensitive to violence against women, even in films I used to like when I was younger.
What is your favorite recent horror film and why?
Do you feel there is a certain way or mindset to have to watch a horror film as far as it being effectively frightening?
Lastly, being a musician I have to ask, what horror score had the biggest impact on you whether as a child or adult and why?
Thanks so much Steve for taking time out to participate, we greatly appreciate it!