Jennifer Kent's The Babadook was a surprise Aussie horror hit back in 2014 that caused an irrational epidemic of fear toward freaky children's books and a sharp rise in the sale of lightbulbs for dimly-lit homes. A major contributor to the film's nerve-rattling essence is the haunting musical score by composer Jed Kurzel (Alien: Covenant).
New Orleans-based Waxwork Records is one of the premiere providers of beautiful remastered vinyl soundtracks and their releases for The Thing, Creepshow 2, and The Exorcist have influenced a new generation of audiophiles who can now crank up the turntable and listen to their favorite scores in the absorbing awesomeness of analog.
The labels newest release for The Babadook is set to roll today in an attractive new LP package which includes a re-creation panel of the The Babadook storybook accented with old-style tip on gatefold jackets and a pop-up Mister Babadook, heavyweight printed inserts showcasing new artwork by Jessica Seamans of LandLand, extensive liner notes by musician Jed Kurzel, and pressed on 180-Gram black-and-white swirl colored vinyl. It's available starting Friday, December 8 for $30 at the official Waxwork site.
Waxwork co-founder Kevin Bergeron is especially proud of this newest addition to their impressive vinyl catalog and pointed out that this is the first time the soundtrack for The Babadook has been available in any physical format.
"We worked on The Babadook for well over a year, and it was a pleasure being able to involve composer Jed Kurzel, who provided us with fantastic liner notes," Bergeron told SYFY WIRE. "During the long process of getting Waxwork's The Babadook vinyl album produced and manufactured, Jed has become an in-demand composer, scoring the new Ridley Scott "Alien" franchise installment, Alien: Covenant. We at Waxwork wish Jed even more success and giant scoring gigs. He gets it. Film scores don't always need to be overtly musical in nature."
Bergeron believes that Kurzel delivers an abstract, unorthodox, tune drifting approach to the film's music in an effort to bring the filmgoer and home listener to a dark and unknown, often uneasy place.
"The Babadook is a polarizing film," Bergeron added. "There's no middle ground. People either love it or absolutely trash it. And the folks that trash it, more often than not, don't understand the theme of the film, the struggle portrayed, or the real monster. With all that in mind, there's no denying that the film's music is awesome, smart, and well constructed. Waxwork sincerely hopes you dig the vinyl album package we created for what we consider to be one of the best new films."