From Hell Soundtrack
If twin-brother filmmakers Allen and Albert Hughes wanted to deliberately mess with their reputation as masters of the contemporary black urban milieu, they couldn't have chosen a better vehicle than a faithful adaptation of Alan Moore's graphic novel and its ominous exploits of notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper on the shadowy streets of Victorian London. This soundtrack album opens with the "Wormwood Remix" of Marilyn Manson's Holy Wood single "The Nobodies," an obvious bow to contemporary marketing that nevertheless sets the proper tone with its bleak ethos and jagged rhythms.
But it's the dark, brooding score of largely unsung South African composer Trevor Jones that's the real focus here. Jones's masterful use of orchestral color and pacing, punctuated by slight percussive, choral, and electronic flourishes, paints a musical landscape as bleak as it is suspenseful. The composer's use of melody is spare, deliberate, and minor key, helping to infuse the score with a very human sense of melancholy even as it tightens the screws of dramatic tension. The concluding track, "Bow Belle (Absinthium)," offers up the strangest treat: a swirling, psychedelic cocktail of twisted, 19th-century ballroom gentility and contemporary digital sorcery that seems to crackle through a gramophone player. --Jerry McCulley
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Obvious Jones is trying to come up with a gothic score with Victorian overtones (or visa versa; either way, both elements are equally strong). Because it is a horror film the use of strings is important, but Jones does this without falling into the "Psycho" psychotic slashing mode, which explains why the Academy of St. Martins in the Field was the orchestra of choice. They are going to give Jones the period feel that he wants for this score. There are even some Chinese touches, reflecting the opium den frequented once too often by the film's hero. Yes, opening the album with the "Wormwood Mix" of Marilyn Manson's single "The Nobodies" is a marketing ploy, but then it is the rare soundtrack that does not have some recognizable voice pop up in the closing credits and starting singing a song. But even with that track leading off the album there is still over an hour's worth of music from Trevor's score (most of the tracks are 5-8 minutes in length).
"In Memoriam" establishes the main theme of the film through a nice mixture of strings and choir that belies for the moment the horrors ahead.Read more ›
(Also give a listen to Han Zimmer's score for HANNIBAL if you like this one.)
"From Hell" is up with Bennett Salvay's "Jeepers Creepers" as my favorite scores of 2001. Why it's one of my favorite scores of 2001 is because Trevor Jones composed a diverse and unique mixture of suspense and calmness to create an excellent score, instead of conforming with the typical jolting horror score, now don't get me wrong, I love the jolting scores that are essential to a horror film, I just think it's good to have a change. "From Hell" is a must for fans of the film and for those who like horror scores, and even those who just like instrumental music will probably enjoy it as well.
For the music itself, it is wonderful. It portrays the mood and feeling of the movie it represents and keeps the themes straight. 4 out of 5 stars is not bad but there is a reason. The music is representative of it's source material and not entirely enjoyable unless one has seen the movie. In other words, it doesn't stand entirely on it's own two feet. But it is wonderful and definitely worth your money if you enjoyed the movie, it's mood and it's music.
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Skip the silly (and completely unnecessary) Marilyn Manson track and revel in one of the truly great film scores of the past decade. Read morePublished on Oct. 15 2009 by LP Quagmire
Terrible Orchestra score complete with drums and a brass section that needed fine tuneing.Published on July 14 2003
informations about the trailer music for you people. The real title is "REFLECT TREE WHISPERS" and it is from BILLY CORGAN, last song on stigmata's soundtrack. Read morePublished on June 1 2003 by wolf
The song are cool, somewhere interesting.But the reason that I wanted this soundtrack, from the not too good movie FROM HELL, was the inspiring and really cool trailer song. Read morePublished on July 16 2002 by Mauro
does anybody know the title of the song played in the background on the special features page; I also heard it on a commercial for the from hell dvd; any help would be appreciated,... Read morePublished on June 5 2002 by Diane E Glasgow
This soundtrack is one of the best out of my collection. It's a very haunting and dark score it is simply AWESOME!! The movie is the same, very AWESOME!!Published on May 29 2002 by Chris Denega
If you were taken by the music from the trailer . . . a beat driven techno piece . . . then do not buy this soundtrack, that song is not included here. Read morePublished on March 25 2002 by Carlos Martinez
Trevor Jones' scores for the films, "Angel Heart","Mississipi Burning" and "Dark City" have their own intensity but if you found the musical... Read morePublished on Dec 17 2001 by Master CG the zombie