Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures’ Horror-Comedy Features Original Music Composed by Douglas Pipes

       

(November 24, 2015 – Los Angeles, CA) – Make sure this album is on your list this holiday season. The KRAMPUS – THE ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK will release digitally on December 4, 2015, on Back Lot Music, it was announced today. The album features the original music created by composer Douglas Pipes (MONSTER HOUSE, TRICK ‘R TREAT), pre-orders available now on iTunes. A CD is forthcoming, while Waxwork Records will distribute the soundtrack on vinyl, pre-orders available starting December 4th at www.waxworkrecords.com. The digital album also features a bonus track of the popular tune “Carol of the Bells,” rewritten and appropriately retitled “Krampus Karol of the Bells.” KRAMPUS arrives in theaters nationwide on the same day.

When creating the score, Pipes wanted to remain true to the spirit of Christmas. “We used melodies of Christmas carols, sometimes just fragments, sometimes altered, as well as traditional Christmas instruments throughout,” said Pipes. He knew it was going into dark fantasy-horror territory, but to make the score unique Pipes created a theme for KRAMPUS that could work as a simple folk melody and a grand fantasy tale, while evoking a sense that it could be some lost European Christmas melody. “The greatest challenge for the score was moving through Christmas themes and comedy, into a dark fantasy tale, punctuated by aggressive horror music, without losing the thread of any of these styles – all the while keeping the Christmas spirit present.”

Douglas Pipes is a film composer based in Los Angeles, whose feature films include the Academy Award®-nominated Sony animated feature MONSTER HOUSE and Warner Bros/Legendary Films cult hit TRICK ‘R TREAT. Awards include “Compositor Revelacion” at the 3rd International Film Music Conference in Ubeda, Spain, and “Best Animation” at the Royal Television Society in the United Kingdom. Nominations include “Discovery of the Year” at the 2006 World Soundtrack Awards in Ghent, Belgium, “Best Music” at the 2007 Saturn Awards, and “Best Horror Score” and “Best New Composer” from the International International Film Music Critics Association (2006 and 2009).

Pipes also works with the alt-rock band The Airborne Toxic Event, providing arrangements and orchestrations for performances with the Louisville Orchestra, Colorado Symphony and Orange County’s Pacific Symphony. Aside from KRAMPUS, recent projects include a score for Alfred Hitchcock’s THE LODGER silent film, which was commissioned by the Dallas Chamber Symphony, the indie comedy LITTLE PARADISE just released on iTunes, Amazon, and other digital formats, and the Lifetime feature films IF THERE BE THORNS AND SEEDS OF YESTERDAY.

Legendary Pictures’ KRAMPUS, a darkly festive tale of a yuletide ghoul, reveals an irreverently twisted side to the holiday. When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers. All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive. The horror-comedy also stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Stefania Lavie Owen and Krista Stadler.

Krampus and his mischievous underlings have been created by the combined efforts of Weta Workshop and Weta Digital, both renowned for their epic work on THE LORD OF THE RINGS and THE HOBBIT trilogies and KING KONG, among many others.

Written and directed by Michael Dougherty (Trick ’r Treat), KRAMPUS is co-written by Zach Shields and Todd Casey and produced by Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni, Alex Garcia and Dougherty. The film will be released by Universal Pictures. www.krampusthefilm.com

Tracklisting:
01. A Cold Wind
02. Dear Santa
03. Family Reunion
04. Auld Lang Syne
05. The Wish
06. Special Delivery
07. Bells, Bones, and Chains
08. ‘Tis The Season
09. Into The Storm
10. Christmas Angels
11. The Snow Beast
12. Unholy Night
13. Oh Christmas Tree
14. Season’s Eatings
15. Omi’s Story
16. Naughty
17. All Through The House
18. Creatures Are Stirring
19. Der Klown
20. Elfen
21. Elegy
22. The Shadow of St. Nicholas
23. Sacrifice
24. When The Christmas Spirit Dies
25. Cloven
26. The Bell
27. End Credits: Gruss vom Krampus/Krampus Karol of the Bells

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