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Graeme Revell - film composer

Graeme Revell - The Crow soundtrack CD cover Graeme Revell's film-scoring career got off to a powerful start with the thriller "Dead Calm" starring Nicole Kidman and Sam Neill. Another early success was "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle". The film doesn't have a lot of music, but it supports the film well with touches of domesticity and moments of Hitchcockian suspense. The movie's main theme is based on a Gilbert & Sullivan song ("Poor Wand'ring One" from "Pirates of Penzance") since the man of the house likes to listen to Gilbert and Sullivan music. Both these films established a key genre for Graeme Revell, since many of his subsequent films can be placed on the spectrum between Thriller and Horror, with touches of Dark Sci-Fi or Fantasy. Soon afterwards he scored the sci-fi horror "Spontaneous Combustion" and the horror "Child's Play 2". The original "Child's Play" was scored by Joe Renzetti, but Revell was to return to the franchise for "Bride of Chucky". Other film series have also helped to propel his career, especially "The Crow" and the later "The Crow: City of Angels", and he also got the composer job for the crossover movie "Freddy vs. Jason".

Graeme Revell - Collateral Damage soundtrack CD cover In 1996 Graeme Revell worked with director Robert Rodriguez in the vampire movie "From Dusk Till Dawn", and he was to work with the director again when he co-scored the stylish comic-book movie "Sin City" along with fellow composer John Debney. Revell was associated with Robert Rodriguez once more when he supplied "additional music" for the "Planet Terror" segment of "Grindhouse". In 2005 Revell had the opportunity to follow in another director's footsteps when he scored remakes of John Carpenter's "Assault on Precinct 13" and "The Fog". The original movies were scored by John Carpenter himself. Revell has also had some involvement with television. He created a suitably epic score for the three-part mini series Dune based on the Frank Herbert novels, and more recently he has worked on "CSI: Miami", "Eleventh Hour", "The Forgotten", "Dark Blue" and "The River".

See also our article Tortured Souls: Gothic Music in Horror which discusses 2 Graeme Revell soundtracks "The Crow" and "Bride of Chucky".

Films by Graeme Revell:

  • Dead Calm - boating thriller with Nicole Kidman and Sam Neill
  • Spontaneous Combustion
  • Child's Play 2 - the first movie was scored by Joe Renzetti
  • Until the End of the World
  • The People Under the Stairs
  • The Hand That Rocks the Cradle - effective score with a main theme based on a Gilbert & Sullivan's "Poor Wand'ring One"
  • Graeme Revell - The Siege soundtrack CD cover
  • Love Crimes
  • Traces of Red
  • Boxing Helena
  • Body of Evidence
  • Hear No Evil
  • The Crush
  • Hard Target
  • Ghost in the Machine
  • No Escape
  • The Crow - the stylish dark fantasy starring Brandon Lee who died during filming
  • Graeme Revell - Lara Croft: Tomb Raider soundtrack CD cover
  • S.F.W.
  • Street Fighter
  • Tank Girl
  • The Basketball Diaries
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie
  • The Tie That Binds
  • Strange Days
  • Killer: A Journal of Murder/li>
  • From Dusk Till Dawn
  • Race the Sun
  • Graeme Revell - The Chronicles of Riddick soundtrack CD cover
  • The Craft
  • Fled
  • The Crow: City of Angels - "Crow 3: The Salvation" was scored by Marco Beltrami
  • The Saint
  • Spawn
  • Chinese Box
  • Suicide Kings
  • The Big Hit
  • Phoenix
  • Dennis the Menace Strikes Again! - straight to video
  • The Negotiator
  • All I Wanna Do
  • Lulu on the Bridge
  • Graeme Revell, John Debney & Robert Rodriguez - Sin City soundtrack CD cover
  • Bride of Chucky
  • The Siege
  • Idle Hands
  • Buddy Boy
  • Three Kings - scored by Carter Burwell but there's some tracks by Thomas Newman and one by Revell
  • Three to Tango
  • Bats
  • The Insider
  • Pitch Black
  • Gossip
  • Tiran A.E. - sci-fi animation
  • Red Planet
  • Blow
  • Human Nature
  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - taking over from Michael Kamen when the film was re-edited following previews
  • Graeme Revell - Daredevil soundtrack CD cover
  • Collateral Damage
  • High Crimes
  • Below
  • Daredevil
  • Freddy vs. Jason
  • Out of Time
  • Open Water
  • Walking Tall
  • The Chronicles of Riddick
  • Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)
  • Sin City - co-scored with John Debney and director Robert Rodriguez
  • Kingdom of Heaven - scored by Harry Gregson-Williams but using a couple of Revell's tracks from "The Crow" films
  • Graeme Revell - Aeon Flux soundtrack CD cover
  • The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D
  • Goal! The Dream Begins
  • Harsh Times
  • The Fog (2005)
  • Aeon Flux
  • Bordertown
  • Man of the Year
  • The Condemned
  • Grindhouse - additional music for the "Planet Terror" segment scored by director Robert Rodriguez
  • Awake
  • The Ruins
  • Street Kings
  • Pineapple Express
  • A Perfect Getaway - scored by Boris Elkis with Revell credited as "score producer"
  • Unthinkable
  • The Experiment
  • Shark Night 3D
  • Riddick

TV Music by Graeme Revell:

  • Bangkok Hilton - mini-series
  • Psycho IV: The Beginning - TV movie
  • Dune - TV mini-series, with Brian Tyler scoring the follow-up "Children of Dune"
  • Anne Frank: The Whole Story - mini-series
  • CSI: Miami - series
  • Eleventh Hour - series
  • The Forgotten - series
  • Dark Blue - series
  • The River - series
  • Gotham - theme for season 1 of this series

Graeme Revell - Recommendations:

Several Graeme Revell scores are widely available (either on CD or for download), and we suggest the following films as a good place to start:

Graeme Revell - Memorabilia:

Here are some CD covers signed by Graeme Revell. Our thanks to Petr Kocanda for permission to use his collection of autographed CDs. Click on any thumbnail to see a full size version of the image in a separate window.

Graeme Revell: The Crow - signed CD Graeme Revell: Red Planet - signed CD Graeme Revell: Street Fighter - signed CD Graeme Revell - Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie - signed CD