Spine-tingling soundtrack

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 17 July, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 17 July, 2005, 12:00am

John Williams' orchestrated music plays an essential role in films, backing dazzling special effects and dramatic sequences.

His latest score for Steven Spielberg's sci-fi flick War of the Worlds marks his return to scary music. The haunting and gripping melodies are similar to his menacing horns in Jaws.

The prologue, brilliantly narrated in an icy voice by actor Morgan Freeman, sets an uneasy tone that continues throughout the album.

Soundtrack lovers and movie buffs alike can relive the horror of a merciless alien invasion in creepy tracks such as Probing the Basement, The Intersection Scene and The Confrontation With Ogilvy.

Action scores such as The Ferry Scene and The Attack on the Car will get your pulse racing. However, Freeman's final words in the epilogue, 'man will not live or die in vain', sounds hollow and ironic in face of the latest wave of terrorist attack that has killed innocent civilians.