The latest Saw film Spiral, scored by Charlie Clouser, is out now!
The film, which pushed the franchise past $1 Billion at the Global Box office, follows Detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks (Chris Rock) and his rookie partner (Max Minghella) as they take charge of an investigation into grisly murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer’s morbid game. Awards Radar raves that the film is “not just good, it’s downright great. In fact, this is easily one of the best films of 2021, so far. It gives you what you want from this property, to be sure. There’s gore, inventive traps, and a strong twist, but it’s not limited to that. There’s character development, creativity, and a boldness of vision befitting an original work. Threading that needle couldn’t have been easy, but Rock and company were able to pull it off in gloriously bloody fashion.”
Charlie discussed his score in an interview with Jeff Ames from Coming Soon, stating that “Unlike most of the earlier films in the franchise, a lot of the story and action in Spiral takes place outdoors, and some scenes are even in broad daylight, which happens pretty rarely in a Saw movie. So that led me to use brighter, sharper, and more percussive sounds in a lot of scenes, more tension-building percussion, and less of the dark and murky textures that formed the backbone of so many of the other scores. There’s still plenty of weird ambiances and shocking sounds in there for sure, but with that added layer of elements that are coming from an action-movie angle as opposed to a horror-movie place. That was a refreshing change for me, and as soon as I saw the look of this film I knew that my job just got easier, since I’d been itching to use more of those action-movie elements to widen the scope of these scores.”
The Spiral: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is out now via Lakeshore Records, and landed on the iTunes Top 10 Soundtracks on release day. The latest installment also has something special – an EP from rapper and songwriter 21 Savage on Epic Records, which features a remixed, rap spin to Charlie’s iconic “Hello Zepp” theme.