The Descent (O.S.T.)
Released 1st May 2006 on Cooking Vinyl
1st sees the release of “The Descent" O.S.T.
by acclaimed UK film score composer David Julyan.
Taking close to £3m at box offices in the UK during a 9 week
period in 2005, the film garnered critical acclaim from critics across
the board, and has been hailed as one of the best British horror movies
ever made. The DVD release of the film has gone on to sell 200,000
copies in the UK & Ireland.
The Descent, which was penned by Neil Marshall, tells
the story of an all female caving expedition that goes terrifyingly
wrong. It won Best Director and Best Technical
Achievement awards at The British Independent Film
Awards in 2005, and was also nominated at IFTA award (Irish
Film and Television) that same year. It was nominated for The Attenborough
Award for British Film of the Year at 26th Awards of the London Film
Critics' Circle. It also won Best Horror Film at this year’s
Empire Film Awards.
Featuring a 70 piece orchestra and 16 piece female choir, the score
to The Descent is both dark and unnervingly atmospheric. The combination
of tense synthesizer soundscapes and lush orchestration has become
a trademark of Julyan’s scores.
Julyan got his first break into film scoring whilst at College in
London, when he worked with acclaimed director Christopher Nolan.
They made their first feature, Following, which shot in black and
white on the streets of London. Julyan’s atmospheric score added
impact to Nolan’s suspenseful story and the film was a prelude
to the indie hit that was yet to come, Memento, where once again,
Julyan’s combination of suspense and mood highlighted this noir
thriller of murder told in reverse.
Other projects followed, including work for more intimate chamber
ensembles in films like Spivs and Inside I'm Dancing, and full scale
orchestral scores for films like Dungeons & Dragons II, and a
further collaboration with Christopher Nolan on the detective thriller,
Insomnia, staring Al Pacino and Robin Williams.
"Outright terror … Bold, brutal and brilliant. At last
we have a British horror director to shout about. One look at this
and Hollywood will be splintering the door." ****
- Jamie Graham, Total Film
"Brutal, bloody, terrifying, astonishing... And so tense
it'll leave you aching." ***** - Dan Jolin, Empire
"I am thrilled to report that I jumped, I gasped, I winced,
I cringed and, for lengthy periods, I simply held my breath. On this
evidence, director Neil Marshall’s star is very much in the
ascendant." - Mark Kermode, The Observer
"The Descent delivers the stuff of nightmares and crowns
Marshall as the new king of British horror." ****
Allan Hunter, Daily Telegraph