Girl House – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Score by tomandandy
Lakeshore Records – 2015
I’m not a big fan of rap music but the opening song “The Enemy” by Supreme Villain (Slaine & Madchild) featuring Rite Hook, is directly connected to the movie. Not only do the lyrics mention the character names in the movie, but Rapper/MC Slaine plays the movie’s masked killer. Though the words of the song talk about the violent death the movie’s killer “Loverboy” dishes out, I couldn’t help but laugh when hearing the humorous way they are said.
“VHS Sex” by Com Truise is an excellent song to include in this movie. My reasoning is that the electronic synthesized music fits perfectly in a slasher film (not a knock – remember John Carpenter’s Halloween is one of my two favorite films), which is what Girl House is. Though the movie is modern, dealing with today’s technology, specifically an Internet Porn Site called Girl House, the keyboard sounds of this tune remind me of 80s pop-synth band Berlin, which had their first real hit “Sex (I’m A…)” in the height of the slasher era.
In so many ways Todd Michael Schultz‘s song “Good Vibrations” couldn’t have been more fitting for this picture. The adolescent themed lyrics are totally appropriate for what’s onscreen and the movie needs the fun positive feel it generates against all the destructive carnage.
Jesse Rhodes “Let It Be Known” brings a touch of romanticism with it’s slower, down home bluesy tone. I think it helps ground the film and helps support the burgeoning love story between “Kylie Atkins” (Ali Cobrin) and “Ben Stanley” (Adam DiMarco).
“Mountain City Anchor” by Connor Scott is a relentless techno offering that adrenalizes this soundtrack. Furious beats back hyperactive electronica, which I believe was used when Loverboy goes berserk.
Jesse Rhodes also performs “Love Me So Bad” another down home bluesy piece to salt & pepper the movie.
“Way Of The World” by Jack Gravina (featuring Quinn Barbini) is sort of an R&B hybrid incorporating a little rap to bring some soul to the soundtrack.
Getting tomandandy to compose the music for Girl House was a big score for this production. The first cue “Loverboy” contains child-like melodic elements that get twisted to match what happens to the character.
“The First Time” pedals with soft innocence that gets shattered when a dastardly deed is done.
Cinematic ambience floats “In The Shower.”
“Control Room” feels anywhere but safe, as the compositional elements shift under it’s footing.
The start of “Loverboy Attacks” begins with a softer approach, before the masked madman strikes.
Drums and percussion hit hard to support “First Kill”, which are highlighted with electronic distortion.
There doesn’t feel like much “Hope”, because of the dramatic start and stop musical approach that sounds like someone’s hiding to survive.
“No Cameras” gives us (the listener) a chance to come down in intensity as tomandandy conjure the deep emotional feeling that we have survived a deadly encounter. There’s light at the end of a dark tunnel and makes the whole experience that much more satisfying.