The recently released supernatural horror film Still/Born has been getting a ton of love from the horror community. Voted Scariest Film at the 2017 Overlook Film Festival, Still/Born tells the tale of a new mother who is convinced that a supernatural entity is after her and her newborn son. To get an idea of the movie, you can watch our exclusive clip.
What some people may not realize is that the film was composed by Blitz//Berlin, the same group behind last year’s practical FX horror favorite The Void. While these two films are wildly different in their horror approach, Blitz//Berlin was able to craft something equally powerful and special, resulting in a soundtrack that only made the terror all the more palpable while never forgetting the tenderness and emotion that is associated with motherhood.
Today, we’re excited to bring you an exclusive song premiere with two tracks: “Birth” and “Empty House”. In the below video, you’ll hear the music while also seeing behind-the-scenes footage of the band composing in the studio.
The members of Blitz//Berlin each weighed in with their thoughts:
“After reading an early draft of the script, one aspect of Mary’s character that grabbed us was that her fear isn’t fundamentally caused by external forces. The sense of dread throughout this film comes from a deep sense of sadness and loss and loneliness. When creating the character themes we wanted to capture that feeling first – to make sure Mary’s heart was in the music before the scares.”
“As the movie takes place almost entirely in a home, it felt right to embrace a claustrophobic vibe. Early on we decided to use household objects as instruments in our score. There’s an acoustic metronome you’d find on top of a piano, shoes walking on hardwood floors, doors slamming, floors creaking, etc. We even used a breast pump because it had this really creepy loop and drone that helped us build tension.”
“We’ve always been inspired by very minimal approaches to arrangement. In recent years, films like The Witch (scored by Mark Korven) are so effective with creating tension with so little. Another theme we explored in Still/Born was of repetition, as the main character is stuck in these routines within her house as she starts to fall apart. We wanted to build on simple themes, slowly twisting and bending the same melodies until they became more tense and haunting as the film progressed.”
The directorial debut of writer/director Brandon Christensen, Still/Born stars Christie Burke, Jesse Moss, and Michael Ironside and is available now on OnDemand.