In this day and age where EVERYTHING gets a soundtrack release whether it be digitally or on vinyl, it can be difficult to find one that is actually worth a damn. Many may work for the film but are not very “listenable” outside of that, which for me often makes some of the decisions to press them to vinyl a bit strange. However it is all opinion I suppose and my opinion today is that the work done by Wolfmen of Mars on the Boogeyman Pop soundtrack is not only perfect for the film, it is also a great listening experience on it’s own. I was fortunate enough to check out Writer/Director Brad Michael Elmore’s Boogeyman Pop at this years Popcorn Frights Film Festival and it was easily one of the coolest and unique features of the fest. Boogeyman Pop is “an examination of adolescence through the lens of horror and trash culture with three interlocking stories over the course of the first weekend of Summer Break in the Pacific Northwest.” It stars James Paxton, Dominique Booth and Dillon Lane who all give really down to earth and relatable performances even amidst all the insanity that is unfolding around them throughout the film.
Two of my favorite aspects of the film are it’s beautiful and stylish visuals and it’s ear catching score. Both of which meld perfectly together to elevate one another. So that brings us to the main point of this post, the score. While many films these days sport synth heavy soundtracks, Boogeyman Pop’s score stands out for me as one of the better ones, and one of those reasons is because of how layered and thoughtful it is. Some Synth scores really do not service the films they are in and just sound as if they can be interchangeable with one another and no one would know the difference. Many of them just come off as soulless or extremely skimmable. Wolfmen of Mars work here really captures the emotion of the film it is a part of and accentuates the scenes it accompanies. Even when it switches up from it’s Synth core to a sound that I would best describe as almost Punk Western Synth (which is fitting given the vibe of the film fits that as well), the entire thing is still tied together with the heavy usage of guitars laced throughout. Balancing out the electronic sound with the more expressive instrumentation that something like only a guitar can provide. This is one of those instances where you really do feel like the director and the musicians were on the same page and it paid off.
I don’t pretend to know how to really explain music passed how it makes me feel, as I am a music lover through and through but I don’t know enough of the technical terms of it enough to say more. However, I do know that this is a soundtrack that horror fans, synth fans and movie score fans will love, but more importantly it is a score that MUSIC fans will also enjoy the hell out of. That should hopefully sell you on checking it out and supporting it, it is a worthy addition to anyone’s music collection. Also be sure to keep an eye out for Boogeyman Pop the film as well when it finally releases. You will certainly be in for a wild ride when it does.
Favorite Tracks: Problems, Smoke, Slugger
You can stream and or purchase the Boogeyman Pop score below or go HERE to find out more about Wolfmen of Mars.