JOHN DIES AT THE END Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Released
La-La Land Records released the John Dies at The End - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. Ten years after the cult classic Bubba Ho-Tep, John Dies At The End re-teams horror auteur Don Coscarelli with composer Brian Tyler (The Expendables, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, the upcoming Ironman 3). The film, based on the novel by author David Wong, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
"It was an overwhelming challenge, especially because John Dies at The End was a far crazier film than Bubba Ho-Tep," said Coscarelli.
"On one hand, John Dies at The End is a drug trip movie, and at the other, it's a grindhouse exploitation film with these science fiction elements," described Tyler. "When you put those together in the genre blender, you get this substance called Soy Sauce."
Brian Tyler is a composer of over 60 films and was recently nominated for "Film Composer of the Year" by the International Film Music Critics Association. Tyler was inducted into the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and is currently composing the score for the upcoming film Iron Man 3 for Marvel Studios.
Tyler has composed and conducted the scores for Eagle Eye for producer Steven Spielberg; The Box Office hitsFast Five and Fast and Furious for Justin Lin; The Expendables, Expendables 2, and Rambo directed by Sylvester Stallone; Law Abiding Citizen Starring Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler; the Keanu Reeves thriller,Constantine; and the epic science-fiction film Battle: Los Angeles; and Don Coscarelli's cult classic Bubba Ho-tep. Tyler also scored the fastest-grossing entertainment event in history, The Game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which grossed $775 million in its first five days of release. Tyler recently arranged and conducted the new film logo music for Universal Pictures and composed a theme for the 100-year anniversary of the studio. His films have grossed $3.6 billion worldwide.
Tyler began scoring features shortly after he received his bachelor's degree from UCLA and his master's degree from Harvard University. Tyler's score for Bill Paxton's Frailty won him a World Soundtrack Award in 2002 as well as The World Soundtrack Award as Best New Film Composer of the Year. He has received two Emmy Award nominations, seven BMI Music Awards, five ASCAP Music Awards, and was recently nominated for a record 6 Goldspirit Awards (2012) including Best Composer of the Year.
"Being a part of what Don does feel creatively gratifying," said Tyler. "We both love stories that are absurd on their surface, but at their core are about the everyman. And we love thrusting those characters into completely surreal, bizarre worlds, where the story becomes more and more insane as it goes along."
It's a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. On the street they call it Soy Sauce, and users drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent-otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John and David, a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. Can these two stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity? No. No, they can't.
"In order to have that trippy, drug-induced fervor, the score also has to be earnest and heartfelt in a way that will balance the rest of it out," explained Tyler. "One of the ways to go about that was to have a lot of the music be lo-fi, and record the instruments in mono while organically distorting things like glockenspiels, cellos and bells with this crazy, weird feedback. But all through that, melody is there to wrap your brain around the music. Otherwise, it would all sound like a drug trip, which is something we definitely didn't want to do."
"The score for John Dies at The End is a combination of acid ecstasy and mushroom overdose, and that's just way too cool," said Coscarelli.
Magnet Releasing and Silver Sphere present and M3Alliance/Touchy Feely Films production John Dies at the End, in theaters January 25, 2013. The John Dies at The End - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on La-La Land Records is available at www.lalalandrecords.com and other soundtrack boutique retailers now.