Funny you guys should bring up Bernard Herman because he was my first choice for 'Squirm' and he was very interested, but he died right at that time. Obviously nothing about BLUE SUNSHINE-- score included-- could have been derivative of any movie that came after it (in fact, I wish that as a filmmaker, I could do that-- time warp future homages that would be perceived in he present as 'original ideas') but I can attest to the fact that the composer of BS, Charles Gross, had no background nor particular interest in horror genre movies when he took the BLUE SUNSHINE gig. His score, from HIS perspective, was 100 percent original, that is, he just sat down at his baby grand and composed it, just like he approached anything else. I've heard so many movies, and now TV series, using so many things he laid down back then that it doesn't even bother me anymore, just like I'm sure... or I hope.. the heirs of Bernard Herman don't freak out when they hear those 'scare strings' used over and over.
Thanks for your ongoing interest, and insight, in BLUE SUNSHINE after all these years. I truly appreciate it. Celebrating the 35th anniversary in fact with all new artwork and interview with yours truly,
Funny you guys did NOT bring up Henry Manfredini, the composer of "Friday The 13th." I too noticed that some of the cues in, "Blue Sunshine" are reminiscent of "Friday's" Score. Especially towards the end in the Mall. While I was watching, I thought it was just my ears playing tricks on me. This thread does seem to miss the connection between, "The Children" score (1980) and "Friday The 13th's" score (also 1980)... being that they are identical. I'm guessing that Manfredini figured no one would see "The Children," or "Friday," for that matter, and just edited the existing tracks to fit "Friday." This fact is sited several times on "The Children's" page of IMDb. We all love the score (of a bunch of cues) from "Friday The 13th!" Otherwise, we wouldn't hear its "influence" in other scores.
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If 'Friday the 13th' was made in 1980 and Blue Sunshine was made in 1977, how could the cues from 'Blue Sunshine' be 'reminiscent' of "Friday's' score? Obviously it would be the other way around.