Rooted in Hideo Nakata's cult Japanese thriller, 2002's box office success The Ring
and its '05 sequel updated the horror genre via a timely, technology-based gambit. But this anthology of soundtrack cues from the popular contemporary horror franchise succeeds by largely avoiding the rhythmic stem-winding, synth-sound washes and metallic thunder that characterize all too many modern horror scores. Instead, veteran Hans Zimmer, aided and abetted by protégés Henning Lohner and Martin Tillman, conjures a compelling, less-is-more aura of shadowy suspense and mounting tension. The music fuses the brooding Bernard Herrmann of Psycho
with the hypnotic, goth-prog conceits of Italian frightmasters Goblin
. But that evocative, minimalist sound gives way to a more contemporaryand clichédstew of thrash-guitar and booming electronics in the collection's final quarter. --Jerry McCulley
Soundtrack music to the two films by Hans Zimmer, Henning Lohner & Martin Tillman.