Cliff Bradley

Undead [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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Insofar as one can call a splatter film soundtrack "charming," Cliff Bradley's Undead certainly fits the bill. A no-budget production created in the composer's parents' home, its D.I.Y. approach evokes the sound and sensibility of the B-movie classics of yore. Bradley takes neither his source material nor himself too seriously. His melodies are absurdly overbaked, wrought from cheesy synthesizers, children's choirs, and half-assed rewrites of familiar horror themes. But "Acid Rain" and "The Clouds Recede" deliver genuine suspense, and the closing glam rock theme "Little Green Men" is good, trashy fun. Forget the big-budget soullessness of Edelman, Horner, et al. For all its warts, Undead possesses passion in abundance, and sometimes that's enough.

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