John Harrison – Creepshow

Waxwork Records

While it’s easy to write off the whole horror soundtrack resurgence as a passing fad there’s been plenty of great music to come out of it. This includes last year’s expanded reissue of John Harrison’s score for the George A. Romero film Day of the Dead a soundtrack that effectively became an ’80s synth nerd’s wet dream. It’s fitting then that Waxwork Records has now revisited the pair’s previous team-up 1982’s Creepshow .

Made in conjunction with Stephen King the film features five tales of horror with Harrison’s score soundtracking tales ranging from cockroach paranoia to murderous beach-side jealousy to “meteor shit.” Throughout it all though Harrison’s score keeps a steady tone mixing the synth-loaded futurism with more classic horror tropes like sinister grand piano movements eerie sci-fi electronics and a few well-placed cackles from the Creeper himself.

This all comes via 34 tracks with the expanded reissue mixing an array of cues and incidentals that will appeal to not only horror fanatics but also those with a love for classic electronic music. It also helps that it’s packaged as an ultra-deluxe gatefold on five different vinyl variants but really that’s just icing on the cake.