Listen to the ’80s-Inspired Horror Soundtrack for “Starry Eyes”
I’ll admit, this recommendation is one that won’t resonate unless you’re a horror movie fan. I recently finished watching Starry Eyes, a new-ish horror film that gave me serious old school supernatural horror vibes (think Suspiria or Rosemary’s Baby). A huge part of its retro aesthetic was due in part to its ’80s-inspired synth soundtrack by Jonathan Snipes. In the film, a wannabe actress gets mixed up with a Satanic cult in hopes she can literally “sell her soul” to be famous (Tom Cruise’s life story, anyone?), but along the way she runs into detractors (mainly her loser friends) who stand in the way of stardom.
Directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer originally planned to use the typical orchestral score but opted to go a different path once convinced by Snipes. The decision turned out to be a good one, and the soundtrack has been getting as much praise as the film itself. The soundtrack will be released on vinyl via Waxwork Records in the near future, but in the meantime, check out the track above for a preview. This song plays during a very critical point in the film, but I won’t spoil it for you. After all, I’m not Satan.