A comedy about making a horror movie. When six co-stars learn that their hit TV show is about to be canceled, they decide to shoot their own movie, unwittingly a spirit with an affinity for violence….
untitled horror movie is the sixth film and the twelfth project on which Nima Fakhrara and I have collaborated. He has been a constant in my career from the start and I greatly appreciate and trust his talent.
Nima and I met in 2009 when I was looking for a composer for my first feature film, removal. Our first conversations took place before we even started shooting the film. We talked a lot about the story and the tone very early in the process, which will eventually become our model. We have these discussions sometimes right from the writing stages and we use that to work with each other creatively.
I’ve always been passionate about film scores and finding someone who can jot down my ideas on the page is a dream come true. For the girl in the photographs, Nima sent me a full suite of music during filming, based solely on images from the dailies that I would share with him. I remember humming her initial idea for “Passacaglia” while shooting the scene with our lead actress walking down a hallway to meet her fate. Being able to visualize – and hear – how the scene will play out really helps me set the tone, which is the hardest part of my job. And how music is used can make or break it.
In April 2020, we had all been confined for only a few weeks when I called Nima and asked him if he would be interested in doing an experimental project that Luke Baines and I proposed. I explained the story and told him that it would be different from anything we had done before because we incorporated a lot of comedy elements. Achieving this film score would be one of the hardest things to pin down. The tone had to be perfect – we would go from sarcastic, sarcastic comedy to big scares in an instant. Unsurprisingly, Nima succeeded masterfully. He wrote a recurring theme of just five notes that will stick in your head long after watching the film, and expanded it into moments of comedy and thrills.
After listening to the music of untitled horror movie, I really think this is his best work to date. The score is as genre sensitive as the film itself and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.