One of my favorite movies, and certainly my favorite horror movie, is Jack Clayton’s The Innocents. Released in 1961 and starring Deborah Kerr, The Innocents is an elegant masterpiece of moody, atmospheric suspense and psychological terror that is a very far cry from the vast majority of today’s genre films.
One of the reasons for its effective chills is its soundtrack, an eerie collection of field recordings, sparse musical arrangements, and manipulated vocals. My friend Ryan recently pointed me to Fearlono’s “custom” soundtrack for The Innocents, a twenty-six minute collage that combines all of the movie’s creepiest sounds and musical themes into a single track. At times reminiscent of Lucid’s collage work, the custom soundtrack is a lovely bit of work in its own right, albeit in a haunting sort of way.