This is a good compilation. It's a 2 cd set, with more than 2 hours of music, which is much more than what you can find in any other compilation. Tracks are performed by different orchestras and musicians: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, with the collaboration of the Crouch End Festival Chorus in some of the tracks, conducted by Nic Raine; The Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra and The Philarmonia Orchestra, conducted by Carl Davis, Neil Richardson and Kenneth Alwyn. Electronic tracks are arranged and performed by Mark Ayres.
Now, these orchestras are great, and people like Nic Raine is one of the best modern arrangers nowadays. All versions arranged and conducted by him are quite good versions, above average, that's for sure. We are not talking about someone reproducing the sounds of an orchestra with a cheesy casio. Because of that, all of the versions in this compilations are quite good.
They are NOT original versions. Maybe you think I'm rather a purist or some kind of closed-minded guy who does not accept other versions apart from the original ones. And maybe that's right. I mean, I'm not saying these versions are bad. Some tracks are that good that you would never know whether or not they are the original versions. However, tracks like Nightmare On Elm Street, Halloween, Suspiria, The Omen, The Exorcist, Bram Stoker's Dracula... I know they've done their best, and I appreciate it, but I'd never say these versions are half as good as the original ones. And being used to the original versions, these ones did sort of get on my nerves. Not as good. I don't think I'll listen to this compilation more than three times.
Furthermore, I also have some complaints about the selection of tracks. I mean, if this is supposed to be a tribute to horror films, I recommend people from Silva select better. I'd NEVER have included in a compilation like this Phantom of the Opera, Godzilla, Peeping Tom (is it really that good??????? Is this film really that important?????), Horrors of the Black Museum, Young Frankenstein (isn't this supposed to be a compilation of music from horror films? Is Young Frankenstein a horror movie at all?????????), Frankenstein Unbound (is this music really that good so as to include a 9!!!!! minutes suite from it???????).... Pino Donaggio's music for Dressed to Kill is indeed included, but there's no music at all from Carrie, his masterpiece, and one of the most important and beautiful horror movies ever. They've selected from The Ninth Gate the theme Vocalise, which has nothing to do with horror, instead of, say, the great Opening Titles.
And... what about Psycho? Jaws? Rosemary's Baby????????? The Thing (Morricone)????, The Fly?????, Scream?????, The Fog?????? etc, etc, etc
To sum up, an average compilation with some good versions (except that from Bram Stoker's Dracula, which is pure [junk]) of a very irregular, lacking, and unsatisfactory selection.
Also, the inside booklet has no photos, just a few lines on each of the movies.
Somehow this album has disappointed me.
If you wanna listen to a good dark music from the movies compilation, buy The Dark Side, where you'll find original versions (although I do not like very much the selection of tracks here either). Whatever