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Musician Robert Allaire Talks Some Kind of Hate

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Robert Allaire is a unique musical talent. His work can be heard on several episodes of “American Horror Story,” and he now brings his interesting skills to the new movie Some Kind of Hate. Allaire recently talked with Dread Central about his work on the film.

Allaire began by discussing how he became involved with Some Kind of Hate (review). “I got a call from my agent about the film and had a meeting with the director, Adam Egypt Mortimer, where he made some good coffee and showed me parts of the film,” Allaire said. “We really connected over our love for experimental music and ideas about film, so working together was a natural fit.”

To get unique sounds for the music he composed, Allaire incorporated some unorthodox techniques, including using razor blades to play some instruments. “Razor blades are an important motif for the villain, Moira, and that led me to try using them on various instruments,” Allaire said. “So there are a lot of scrapes and scratches you hear from razor blades on guitar and other string instruments. Even if the audience doesn’t connect where the sound came from, the texture itself is pretty interesting and was ultimately inspired by taking that hard look at the characters to find ideas that can manifest themselves in the sound of the score.”

The score for Some Kind of Hate has a very heavy metal vibe and is quite gritty. Allaire discussed his inspiration for the music. “Lincoln, the main protagonist of the film, is a huge metal fan as is the director, Adam,” Allaire said. “There’s actually a scene where Lincoln talks about how important that style of music is to him. So again, it’s an example of finding inspiration from the characters and in this case transforming the main character’s love of a certain music into a theme in the score.”

Allaire talked about working with director Adam Egypt Mortimer. “Adam is great to work with,” Allaire said. “He has very clear ideas in terms of style and starting point, but he also allowed me a lot of room to explore my own ideas. I found that the stranger I made something sound, the more he liked it, which is always great.”

Detailing the making of the music, Allaire discussed how he built the sound. “If there was any unifying idea behind the orchestration, it was to never play an instrument as intended,” Allaire said. “So guitars were detuned and often recorded with contact mics. Cellos were played scratchy and distorted to the point of being unrecognizable. One of my percussion instruments is actually a heavily detuned bass being smacked on the strings with a nail file. I called a guitarist friend of mine, Matthew Setzer, to record some guitar drones; and at one point we threw a pound of wood screws into a broken guitar amp to get extra nastiness and grit out of the sound. That was fun.”

We asked Allaire to speak about what he felt was the key to creating a great horror movie score. He let us in on his ideas. “I think it’s important to know when to hold back and allow the natural atmosphere of a scene to be scary,” Allaire said. “Silence can often create more tension than anything, and a scare will always be more effective when you allow that tension to ratchet up as much as possible before breaking. Then you can go all out.”

And finally, we asked Allaire about some of his favorite horror titles. He had an amusing response. “Alien, 28 Days Later, Under the Skin… and whatever movie they end up making about Donald Trump’s presidential run.”

Below are two of the tracks featured in Some Kind of Hate, “Rage Within” and “Wolves from the Door.” For more visit the official Robert Allaire website and follow him on Twitter @RobertAllaire. You can also lick this link for the official Some Kind of Hate website.

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Some Kind of Hate Synopsis:
Relentless bullying has turned Lincoln’s life into a nightmare. But he soon learns the true meaning of terror when he is sent to a remote school for troubled teens and the harassment starts all over again. Only this time, someone is watching–a teenage girl named Moira who was driven to suicide by vicious bullying years ago. When Lincoln accidentally summons Moira from the grave, he unleashes a vengeful and unstoppable force on a mission of blood-soaked revenge. Hell on Earth has a new meaning in this gruesome shocker.

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SOMA Sailing to Xbox One on December 1

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SOMA (review) will be heading to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of a new safe mode, and we have all the details you need right here!

SOMA Coming to Xbox One with New “Safe Mode”
There’s no need to be concerned. You are always safe…

Isolated, submerged in the ocean’s darkness, chaos has overtaken the halls of PATHOS-II, and the boundaries of humanity strained beyond repair. From Frictional Games, creators of the critically acclaimed Amnesia series, SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of Safe Mode.

Safe Mode introduces an optional new way to play SOMA in the Xbox One and PC releases. Protected from the hostile creatures below, let yourself sink into the mystery and atmosphere of PATHOS-II as you uncover the truth and determine the fate of the station.

SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st and is available to pre-order now. Safe Mode will launch simultaneously as a free update for PC and will be available for PS4 at a later date.

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Thelma Is Fantastic and Now You Can Watch the Opening Scene

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One of this year’s most beautiful and subdued horror films is Joachim Trier’s Thelma (review), which opens in Los Angeles tonight. To give you a bit of what the film is like, The Orchard have released the opening scene, which shows a man and his daughter hunting in the bleak Norwegian winter. When they come across a young deer, the true intentions of this trip become apparent…

Having seen Thelma, I can tell you that it’s truly something special. It’s a slow burn, to be certain, but it plays out gorgeously, resulting in a film that has yet to leave my mind.

Related Story: Exclusive Interview with Thelma’s Joachim Trier

Locations and tickets for Thelma can be found here.

Synopsis:
Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction. As the semester continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja – feelings she doesn’t dare acknowledge, even to herself – while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.

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Award-Winning The Child Remains Playing Tomorrow at the Blood in the Snow Festival

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The award-winning supernatural thriller The Child Remains, which has been on the festival circuit, is returning to Canada to play tomorrow night at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival in Toronto. Tickets for the screening, which is at 9:30pm, can be found at the festival’s website.

The film has won awards in festivals across Canada as well as Best Foreign Feature at the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival in London, UK.

Described as The Shining meets Rosemary’s Baby meets The Orphanage, the film stars Suzanne Clément, Allan Hawco, Shelley Thompson, and Geza Kovacs. Directed and written by Michael Melski, who co-produced the film alongside Craig Cameron and David Miller, The Child Remains is aiming for a Canadian theatrical release in Spring 2018 and a US theatrical release in October 2018.

Synopsis:
An expectant couple’s intimate weekend turns to terror when they discover their secluded country inn is a haunted maternity home where unwanted infants and young mothers were murdered. Inspired by the true story of the infamous ‘Butterbox Babies’ and their macabre chapter in Canadian history, The Child Remains is a twisting supernatural thriller that emphasizes story and suspense over shock and gore.

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