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Monsters!

Matthew Sweet looks at movies, music and monsters in the week of the release of the acclaimed new film by Guillermo del Toro 'The Shape of Water'.

Matthew Sweet looks at movies, music and monsters in the week of the release of the acclaimed new film by Guillermo del Toro 'The Shape of Water'.

Matthew considers the monstrous films of Universal Studios from the 1930s onwards; the work of movie creature makes Ray Harryhausen, Phil Tippett and Rick Baker; and features music from films such as 'The Blob', 'The Mummy Returns', 'The Creature From The Black Lagoon', 'The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms', 'Gorgo', 'The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad', 'The Valley of Gwanji', 'Starship Troopers', 'Dragonslayer', 'American Werewolf in London', 'The Thing', and 'Alien', as well as Alexandre Desplat's music from the new film 'The Shape Of Water'.

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Music Played

  • Burt Bacharach

    The Blob (1988): Theme

    Performer: James Campbell. Performer: Leo Daignault. Performer: David Engel. Performer: Larry Raven.
    • The Burt Bacharach Album: Broadway Sings The Best Of Burt Bacharach.
    • VARESE SARABANDE.
    • 6.
  • Alan Silvestri

    The Mummy Returns (2001): Main Theme

    Orchestra: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Nic Raine. Choir: Crouch End Festival Chorus.
    • The Fantasy Album - Adventure and Fantasy Film Themes.
    • SILVA SCREEN.
    • 4.
  • Hans Salter

    The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954): Prologue / Main Title

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
    • Creature From The Black Lagoon (A Symphony Of Film Music By Hans J. Salter)(Orig.
    • Intrada.
    • 1.
  • David Buttolph

    The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1954): Main Title

    Orchestra: Radio Symphony Orchestra Of Slovakia. Conductor: Masatoshi Mitsumoto.
    • More Monstrous Movie Music.
    • Monstrous Movie Music.
    • 14.
  • Angelo Francesco Lavagnino

    Gorgo (1961): Main Title

    Orchestra: Radio Symphony Orchestra Of Slovakia. Conductor: Masatoshi Mitsumoto.
    • More Monstrous Movie Music.
    • Monstrous Movie Music.
    • 26.
  • Alan Silvestri

    The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (2001): Overture

    Orchestra: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Nic Raine. Choir: Crouch End Festival Chorus.
    • The Fantasy Album - Adventure and Fantasy Film Themes.
    • SILVA SCREEN.
    • 8.
  • Alan Silvestri

    The Valley of the Gwangi (1969): Suite

    Orchestra: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Nic Raine. Choir: Crouch End Festival Chorus.
    • The Fantasy Album - Adventure and Fantasy Film Themes.
    • SILVA SCREEN.
    • 12.
  • Basil Poledouris

    Starship Troopers (1997): Bugs!

    Orchestra: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Nic Raine.
    • Alien Invasion: Space and Beyond II.
    • SILVA SCREEN.
    • 4.
  • Pino Donaggio

    Piranha (1978): Restricted Area

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Leigh Harline.
    • Piranha - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
    • Varese Sarabande.
    • 14.
  • Alex North

    Dragonslayer (1981): End Title

    Orchestra: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Conductor: Erich Kunzel.
    • Fantastic Journey.
    • Telarc.
    • 10.
  • Elmer Bernstein

    An American Werewolf in London (1981): Metamorphosis

    Orchestra: City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: James Fitzpatrick.
    • The Essential Elmer Bernstein Film Music Collection.
    • SILVA SCREEN.
    • 5.
  • Ennio Morricone

    The Thing (1982): Main Theme

    Performer: Gareth Williams.
    • The Essential John Carpenter Film Music Collection.
    • Silva Screen.
    • 11.
  • Jerry Goldsmith

    Alien (1979): The Eggs / End Title

    Orchestra: National Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Lionel Newman.
    • Alien (Complete Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).
    • INTRADA.
    • 18.
  • Alexandre Desplat

    The Shape of Water (2017): The Shape of Water

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Alexandre Desplat.
    • The Shape of Water - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • John Carpenter

    They Live (1998): Main Theme

    Composer: Alan Howarth. Performer: Nick Watson.
    • The Definitive Horror Music Collection.
    • SILVA SCREEN.
    • 13.
  • Jon Brion

    Lady Bird (2017): Main Title

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
    • Lady Bird - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
    • Lakeshore Records.
    • 1.

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