Night Feeders

David Helpling

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Night Feeders Review

by Jason Ankeny

To its credit, David Helpling's Night Feeders avoids the clich├ęs so frustratingly common within the contemporary horror genre, but while the composer's decision to sidestep aggression and noise creates an unusually palpable sense of atmosphere, the music fails to fully engage the imagination when removed from its onscreen context. Helpling's background in ambient music is vital to his expertise in crafting evocative sounds and textures, but in emphasizing the dread and malevolence at the heart of the horror experience, he does little to develop the score in melodic terms, and at 48 minutes, Night Feeders is simply too remote and restrained for its own good -- more chilly than chilling.