FORGET ME NOT (ELIA CMIRAL)

THE STORY SO FAR:

Once upon a time, for a short period, Elia Cmiral was considered a ‘hot property for the future’ in Hollywood music circles. Having taken a tortuous circuit to the mainstream – via his Czech homeland, his adopted country of Sweden, and work on the TV show Nash Bridges – his first major film, the 1998 Robert De Niro thriller Ronin was pretty much roundly praised. Then, two years later, came the nadir: the ill-fated, critically derided Battlefield Earth, which almost single-handedly re-destroyed John Travolta’s career, and catapulted Cmiral into the realms of straight-to-video Z-grade horror movies. Pulse is only his fourth cinematic feature since the turn of the millennium and, unfortunately, neither the film or the score is likely to alter his career trajectory.

TRACK LIST

1. Main Title
2. Forget Me Not
3. Hannah on the Run
4. Flashback #1
5. Arriving at the Graveyard
6. Lex Escapes
7. Best Friends Forever
8. TJ Killed
9. Flashback #4
10. Layla Drowns
11. Sandy’s Story
12. Jake Enters Chapel
13. Flashback #3
14. Sandy’s Last Run

THE CRITICISM:

‘Forget Me Not’ is a new addition to the Screamfest Film Festival, the premier outlet for horror and sci-fi genres. This year Screamfest will be showcasing ‘Forget Me Not’ on October 22nd at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California. Screamfest began in 2001 by film producers Rachel Belofsky and Ross Martin in order to give horror and sci-fi filmmakers and writers a venue to have their work showcased within the industry. Many great films have come through this festival in the last 8 years, and ‘Forget Me Not’ is sure to be one of them.

The film’s score shows the Cmiral that I came to enjoy via the Ronin soundtrack. You hear exciting influences of Eastern Europe meeting the tech of today. Plus, there’s so much variation in the cues that you’re left wondering why Hollywood can’t catch up to where Cmiral is coming from. The Asian cinema of South Korea seems to get the same tone. Hell, I felt a lot of J-Horror elements in the Flashback tracks featured on the soundtrack.

What the soundtrack succeeded in doing was getting me to see the film. I haven’t had that pleasure since I was a little kid. Desperately buying any cassette tapes or albums I could find and then trying to piece a film together from the composer’s cues. Suspense plays into the slower movements, while crushing crescendos approach to deliver the horror of a low-key horror film. I recommend this release.

THE BREAKDOWN

Final Score:  90% – B

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