Music by Joseph Bishara
Void Recordings – 2013
Darks Skies is definitely the surprise movie of the year for me (I didn’t see it until this year, though it came out in 2013). It wasn’t on my radar until my friend Frank told me he caught it on cable and that I watch it. So I took his advice and boy am I glad I did.
Dark Skies is a science-fiction horror film that focuses on a family that gets targeted by beings from another planet that want to abduct one of them. The movie is masterfully directed by Scott Stewart (Legion) who eschews his visual CGI expertise to focus on each character in the family and the difficulties they are having in life. The way Stewart carefully and subtly integrates the threat of aliens, in this movie called greys, really impressed me. Think about it. What is scarier than the threat of losing a family member to something not of this earth? The way the film is grounded makes it heart-wrenching and more powerful than 100 minutes of wall to wall computer visual effects.
Joseph Bishara does it again, crafting an unbelievably effective film score that is a huge component to this movie’s success. The talented composer has delivered music that is incredibly suspenseful and projects family warmth at the same time.
What I like most about Bishara’s score is that for much of the soundtrack it doesn’t sound like it’s from this Earth. The music sounds otherworldly, which helps sell the onscreen possibility of beings from another world.
Love and sadness both permeate from the title track “Dark Skies.” “Night Visit” continues the thematic representation of the family in the comfort of their home. I found these cues and others like “Night Ride 2” emotional moving and extremely important in getting me to care about the family’s outcome.
The high pitch airy sound “Now Try to Go to Sleep” sets up the power of the venomous sting of “Migration” striking right after. The sliding down sound Bishara creates is terrifying and is used almost like a sound effect, though it’s music.
“Grey Over” spells danger with dark ambience boiling beneath the surface and uses the same instrumental jab heard in “Migration.”
With Dark Skies Joseph Bishara continues his ascent to the top of the film world as one of the leading composers at making unforgettable frightening music.