Composer: Benjamin Wallfisch
Distributor: WaterTower Music
Run Time: 1 hour and 28 minutes
Tracks: 38

Has there been a drought in a really good horror movies as of late? Yes. It used to be that every Halloween we got a SAW movie from Lionsgate. Sure they were contrived, but were they really torture porn? No. Anything horror related in the Fall is welcome by this film aficionado. So when I learned that the remake of Stephen’s King’s IT was going to fall after Labor Day, that was close enough for me.

Personally, clowns don’t frighten me. Perhaps it was growing up in a policemen’s home or that I saw Silence of the Lambs too young, but there are far too many real dangers out there. This could be the reason I skipped the IT television mini-series all those years ago. The amount of VHS tapes it took to get through it was another reason. It seemed too long to pop on one day after work. Flash forward to now and we are in a horror drought. Naturally, Hollywood is going to turn to the master, Stephen King, and by now it appears that either the filmmakers respect King’s written word enough or that King has learned to play the game. Hopefully, it is a combination of both.

Let’s get to this score, shall we?

First up, who is the composer Benjamin Wallfisch? A relative newcomer to the motion picture music industry…or is he? His IMDB credits span over 60 films which include composing the music for Annabelle: Creation, Hidden Figures, and the upcoming Blade Runner 2049. If the last one didn’t garner your attention, then you really are reading the wrong article. I can’t say that I heard either score for Annabelle: Creation or Hidden Figures but to be tapped by Warner Bros. to work on the sequel to Blade Runner is a very big deal. Wallfisch will accompany Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight Trilogy) and Jóhann Jóhannsson (Arrival) but to still have your name on that film speaks volumes to someone that loves movie scores. Upon listening to IT, I cannot wait to hear Wallfisch’s contributions to the world of Blade Runner.

IT’s score is a complex one. Literally, it has everything that a composer could hope to tackle in one’s career, let alone a single score. We have horror and mayhem. There are multiple moments of coming of age. The bizarre runs rampant next to the mystery of who and what Pennywise is. Yet, the music does have a true sweetness underlined in it as the characters come together. WaterTower music has 1 hour and 28 minutes of score for the 2 hour and 15-minute film. That is a lot, especially when most soundtracks are all the pop songs or retro pop songs in the film (see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), the actual score usually doesn’t get a release anymore. To add to the uniqueness of IT’s release, FYE has a two-disc hard copy for those score enthusiasts.

“Beverly” (Track #7) is the very heart of the “Losers” theme as much as Beverly, the character, is in the film. Wallfisch gives us something to believe in. Certainly, we could believe the lies on screen or make our own assumptions based on what we are seeing. Those are wrong. We know this because the piano keys on this track tell us that she is sweet and innocent. See “Haircut” (Track #12) for similar tones only turned upside down.

“Shape Shifter” (Track #10) starts off with a creeping melody, swirling and swooning in a darkness that we have heard before. That all changes in one of the most unique and haunting mixtures of sounds. I assumed that it was merely sound effects when I saw the film, never did I realize this was a part of the composer’s score. Creepy and fantastic.

“Slideshow” (Track #17) is a great mixture of pounding beats, slimy strings, and synthesizers that have once again caught on with the public consciousness (Thank you Stranger Things). Yet as it prepares for the darkness that is coming to the Losers, it is perfectly balanced with the next track “Georgie’s Theme”. A sad and sour piece that reminds us where and how this journey started. These two tracks side by side fully illustrate the depth that Wallfisch can accomplish.



Makes no bones about it. Wallfisch has put himself in the public eye with his IT score. If his contributions to the Blade Runner 2049 score can have the type of impact thatVangelis did on the original film, we may have a new composer to check out for every contribution he brings to the screen. I for one will be diving into the scores of Hidden Figures and Annabelle: Creation until then.


Download the music here from WaterTower Music.

Order the exclusive hardcopy version here from FYE.

TRACKLIST:

  1. . Every 27 Years – Benjamin Wallfisch
  2. . Paper Boat – Benjamin Wallfisch
  3. . Georgie, Meet Pennywise – Benjamin Wallfisch
  4. . Derry – Benjamin Wallfisch
  5. . River Chase – Benjamin Wallfisch
  6. . Egg Boy – Benjamin Wallfisch
  7. . Beverly – Benjamin Wallfisch
  8. . Come Join The Clown, Eds – Benjamin Wallfisch
  9. . You’ll Float Too – Benjamin Wallfisch
  10. . Shape Shifter – Benjamin Wallfisch
  11. . Hocksetter Attack – Benjamin Wallfisch
  12. . Haircut – Benjamin Wallfisch
  13. . Derry History – Benjamin Wallfisch
  14. . January Embers – Benjamin Wallfisch
  15. . Saving Mike – Benjamin Wallfisch
  16. . This Is Not A Dream – Benjamin Wallfisch
  17. . Slideshow – Benjamin Wallfisch
  18. . Georgie’s Theme – Benjamin Wallfisch
  19. . He Didn’t Stutter Once – Benjamin Wallfisch
  20. . 29 Neibolt Street – Benjamin Wallfisch
  21. . Time To Float – Benjamin Wallfisch
  22. . It’s What It Wants – Benjamin Wallfisch
  23. . You’ll Die If You Try – Benjamin Wallfisch
  24. . Return to Neibolt – Benjamin Wallfisch
  25. . Into The Well – Benjamin Wallfisch
  26. . Pennywise’s Tower – Benjamin Wallfisch
  27. . Deadlights – Benjamin Wallfisch
  28. . Searching For Stanley – Benjamin Wallfisch
  29. . Saving Beverly – Benjamin Wallfisch
  30. . Georgie Found – Benjamin Wallfisch
  31. . Transformation – Benjamin Wallfisch
  32. . Feed On Your Fear – Benjamin Wallfisch
  33. . Welcome To The Losers Club – Benjamin Wallfisch
  34. . Yellow Raincoat – Benjamin Wallfisch
  35. . Blood Oath – Benjamin Wallfisch
  36. . Kiss – Benjamin Wallfisch
  37. . Every 27 Years (reprise) – Benjamin Wallfisch
  38. . Epilogue – The Pennywise Dance – Benjamin Wallfisch [review]
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By Robert Trate

In my career as a writer, I have made Doctor Who giggle, asked Ahsoka Tano what underwear she was wearing, and spoke with a Raptor from Jurassic Park.

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