When Christopher Lennertz met Eric Kripke at the University of Southern California film school, it’s hard to imagine that either of them knew what their relationship would lead to. In 2005, the WB network featured the debut of “Supernatural,” a sci-fi/horror show that has quickly become a cult favorite. The show is the creative brainchild of Kripke and features a haunting score that has been supplied by—you guessed it—Christopher Lennertz.
While “Supernatural” (which airs on Thursdays at 9 pm) may be gaining some steam in the ratings, Lennertz’s score has done much more. In fact, Lennertz has received an Emmy nomination for his work on the “Supernatural” score. The 58th Primetime Emmy Awards air live on August 27, 2006.
For those unfamiliar with the hour-long show, “Supernatural” is the story of two reunited brothers who are picking up where their missing father left off in his crusade to “hunt down the evil that preys upon the innocent in the darkest corners of America.” Bound by tragedy, the brothers travel from the Colorado wilderness to Nebraska farmlands and on to isolated Wisconsin lakes, encountering creatures that most people believe only exist in folklore, superstition, and nightmares.
Lennertz’s score is equally nightmarish as it evokes suspense, terror, and lurking dread in equal parts. Portions of Lennertz’s work in “Supernatural” bring comparisons to John Carpenter’s early, minimalist piano work, while others are more lush and bombastic. Either way, Lennertz’s score adds a crucial dimension to “Supernatural,” one that is difficult to overlook.
For more information on “Supernatural,” please visit the show’s official site, and make sure you tune in to the Emmy Awards to see if the score wins!
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