Gene Simmons vs. Monica’s Boyfriend in a battle to the death

More rare soundtracks! I might even have a second post later tonight if you’re lucky (and I’m not lazy.)

The first of many Jerry Goldsmith scores I’ll be putting up this week. Remember when this movie came out? For some reason underwater sci-fi/horror was the shit in 1989, because this movie, the equally dreadful Deep Star Six and The Abyss (light years better than both of those movies) came out all around the same time. This one is a total piece of shit rip-off of Alien, so it only makes sense that they got Jerry Goldsmith to do the score (he did the score for Alien too). I don’t know why he said yes to this one, but a lot of amazingly talented people somehow got sucked into this movie including Peter “Robocop” Weller, Daniel Stern, Richard Crenna and Ernie Hudson. It was directed by George P. Cosmatos, a man who made the occasional good movie, including Tombstone and The Cassandra Crossing. This was NOT one of those. The score is pretty good though.


More Jerry Goldsmith! This is a rather unusual score from him. First off it was performed enitrely on Yamaha digital keyboards. Secondly, it doesn’t sound like the typical Jerry Goldsmith score, it’s occasionally very atonal and jarring. I like it a lot not only because it sounds so unique, but because I’m a big fan of the movie it comes from. Runaway, for those of you who have not seen it, it’s a crazy sci-fi cop/action movie set in the future where robots are a part of everyday life. It was written and directed by Michael Crichton and has a great 80s cast that includes Tom Selleck and Kirstie Alley and also stars Kiss’ Gene Simmons as the evil bad guy! It also had all these sweet killer robots that injected people with acid, and an awesome gun that had heat-seeking bullets. All in all, the perfect action movie for an eight-year-old boy with an amazing ability to suspend disbelief.

Enemy Mine
My junior high history teacher loved this movie a lot. On finals day we had all our work done so he just put in his VHS tape of this movie. We didn’t pay that much attention to it but he was fucking riveted. He was a huge Civil War buff so maybe the movie’s message that we are all brothers and shit really hit home for him or something. Anyways, this score is by Maurice Jarre, who’s best known for his work on Doctor Zhivago and Lawrence Of Arabia, but also contributed scores to films like Fatal Attraction and Witness.

One Response to “Gene Simmons vs. Monica’s Boyfriend in a battle to the death”

  1. SacredSpud says:

    Can’t understand why there are zero comments to this post. Never quite understood the appeal of Enemy Mine, but the soundtrack is freakin’ gorgeous, and I was so thrilled to find this post and that your link still worked. Thanks, and then some.

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