New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Varese Sarabande will release the Ghost
STories - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
digitally and on CD April 13, 2018. The album features original score composed by Frank Ilfman (Big Bad Wolves, DOWN THE DEEP DARK WEB).
three spine-tingling tales of terror to haunt your dreams. A debunker of all things paranormal, Professor Phillip Goodman (Andy Nyman) has devoted his life to exposing phony psychics and fraudulent supernatural shenanigans on his own television show. His skepticism is put to the test, however, when he receives a file of three chilling, inexplicable cases: a night watchman (Paul Whitehouse) haunted by disturbing visions as he patrols an abandoned asylum; an edgy young man (Black Mirror's Alex Lawther) involved in a hellish car accident deep in the woods; and a wealthy former banker (Sherlock's Martin
Freeman) visited by the poltergeist spirit of his unborn child. Even scarier: each of the these macabre stories seems to have a sinister connection to Professor Goodman's own life. Will they make a believer of him yet?
The connections between the film and the play on which it is based were important to Ilfman. "The original play didn't have any music, but it was clear from day one, that we wanted to have the essence of the stage play when we can, have the mystery supernatural feel looming, we wanted to make sure you entered the world of Goodman you stay there," he explained. "We used many new technics with the orchestra and the hall space at Air studio, so we can get a more ethereal feel for the score throughout."
The composer was methodical in his representation of Goodman's journey. "I wrote five fully developed themes/suites and used hints from each as we dive deeper and deeper into the mystery cases that Professor Goodman is investigating, all the themes are melodically differ but they all share some common hints that we could use when needed. I sampled and recorded many items like bone flutes and monkey skull shaker, ripped fabrics and other toys to be used on the more scary parts and as a sound design atmospheric layer under the orchestra."
IFC Midnight present GHOST STORIES in theaters internationally on April 13 and in the US in theaters and on demand April 20, 2018. Varèse Sarabande will release the Ghost
STories - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
digitally and on CD April 13, 2018.
ABOUT Frank Ilfman
From the moment an eight-year-old Frank Ilfman was given Ennio Morricone's soundtrack to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the seed was sown - the ambitious, budding musician had his heart set on a career in film music. With an unwavering desire to achieve his goal, Ilfman has successfully dedicated himself to performing and understanding music. He studied trombone and piano at the Jaffa Conservatorium of Music
in Tel Aviv and as a young teenager was playing lead trombone with the Tel Aviv Dixieland Band. However, the tenacious young composer became frustrated and bored with the structured methods of the Conservatorium and was eventually asked to leave for playing truant - Ilfman wanted to be more imaginative with how he created music, so went it alone.
In 1984, during a visit to Berlin, Ilfman got introduced to German composer Klaus Doldinger, who happened to be scoring The Neverending Story at that time. A visit to the film's recording sessions made Ilfman fall deeper in love with the art of film music and commit fully to his ambition. He worked on his first television production, when he was just 17 years old, with composer Jan Hammer on the acclaimed television series The Chancer, starring Clive Owen, and since then has scored more than forty films and numerous television shows. Among his many talents is his ability to diagnose how music can best contribute to a film; from brooding melancholy to playful joviality, his work covers a wide spectrum of genres and has gained him much respect in the field.
Frank Ifman's recent scores include the new Legendary Pictures
Fanfare Logo (coming 2018) recorded at Abbey Road Studio with the London Metropolitan Orchestra. The Award-winning films Big Bad Wolves
and Cupcakes, with scores performed by LMO at the legendary Air Studios. Other credits include: May I Kill U?, a dark comedy, directed by BAFTA award winner Stuart
Urban and starring Kevin
Bishop; Mercenaries, directed by Paris Leonti, starring Robert Fucilla and Billy Zane; the three-part award winning documentaries The Iraq War and Putin, Russia and the West for BBC and the internationally acclaimed heartbreaking film Bitter Seeds, directed by Micha Peled. Forthcoming films include The Etruscan Smile starring Brian Cox and JJ Fielding set for a 2018 summer release. In 2008 Frank Ilfman was invited to join The European Film Academy (EFA) and The British Academy of Film and Television