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CD Review: Sean Lennon

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead (Chimera Music)

Between the Twilight series, The Vampire's Assistant, The Vampire Diaries and True Blood, immortal bloodsuckers are hotter than hell's hinges right now. And the first rule in making a hot thing into a hotter thing is to cross-pollinate it with something that matches or exceeds the original thing's already blistering heat potential. So naturally, writer/director Jordan Galland decided to amp up the BTUs of the current vampire craze by pairing it with ... Shakespeare? In Galland's new film, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead, a vampire playwright crafts a twisted Hamlet adaptation, and the action in the movie is mingled with the play within the film.

To set the musical mood for his film, Galland made the inspired decision to turn to longtime friend and collaborator Sean Lennon to create an instrumental score. Lennon's moody accompaniment is the musical reflection of the film: quirky and campy and riding the tension between subtlety and histrionics. Taking cues from Danny Elfman, Ennio Morricone, Randy Newman and the wildly evocative music for the '70 vampire TV show Dark Shadows, Lennon creates the right balance between the stagecrafted bombast of the film's play and the genuinely creepy pace of the film. — Brian Baker

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