WHEN CURSES AWAKE…
The thrills & chills of an ancient curse’s trailer, amplified with The Hit House’s vocals & music by Tori Letzler.
Warner Bros. & New Line Cinema set the tone for Halloween with their new trailer for The Curse of La Llorona. A thrilling look into the darkness of a tormented, demented, & raging soul, the trailer needed to convey the ideal tension between fear, horror, & a wistful longing to ease the pain of the past. So The Hit House’s Tori Letzler stepped up to deliver both vocals & custom music, based off the Mexican folk song La Llorona, for the teaser trailer.
Directed by Michael Chaves, The Curse of La Llorona tells the tale of the weeping woman, an evil apparition not of our world or the next, but cursed to forever wander the earth for the sins she committed when she was still mortal. Once a mother, in a fit of jealous rage, she drowned both of her children & then promptly threw herself into a roiling river as well. The grisly murder-suicide, borne from the anguish of lost love, has now cursed her to eternally skulk through the shadows of our world seeking out children to replace her own. Much time has passed & her desperation to replace her own lost loves has grown stronger. Now in 1970s Los Angeles, she is back to make her final atonement. Her targets become social worker Anna Garcia, played by Linda Cardellini, & her young children. As the supernatural realm of evil intersects with that of the living, only a disillusioned priest & his fringe mysticism may be the answer to ultimately vanquishing the looming horror. Also starring, Patricia Velasquez, Sean Patrick Thomas, & Raymond Cruz, The Curse of La Llorona arrives in theaters on April 19.
When it comes to defeating evil spirits, definitely call your nearest psychic, medium, or exorcist, but… when it comes to building up the nail-biting tension, ghastly horror, & sheer terror through music, vocals, & sound design, then definitely make The Hit House your first call. We’ll be toiling in our studio, making trailers more & more horrific (unless you hit the “mute” button, that’s our kryptonite), until The Curse of La Llorona arrives next April. At that time, we’ll be in theaters, probably covering our eyes in fear… but never our ears.
HONORING THE BRAVEST
Netflix shines a light on America’s Heroes.
The United States of America’s most prestigious award for valor is the Medal of Honor. It involves an action against an enemy force & is usually presented by the President of the United States of America in Congress’s name to a recipient. Netflix created a docu-drama series highlighting the true stories of heroism of 8 recipients, who left their mark on this world through their service & selfless actions. The Hit House composer William August Hunt was privileged to create music for Netflix’s trailer to highlight this moving series on ordinary people, put in extraordinary situations, who acted on a level above & beyond the normal call of duty.
Directed by James Moll & Executive Produced by Academy Award Winner Robert Zemeckis, Medal of Honor shines a spotlight on soldiers who made unfathomable sacrifices on behalf of their fellow citizens. The 8 part anthology series, currently streaming on Netflix, is told through a style of hybrid documentary & live-action footage. The stories range from World War II, to the Korean War, & Vietnam, & include the gallantry of: Edward Carter, Richard L. Etchberger, Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura, Vito Bertoldo, Sylvester Antolak, Ty M. Carter, Joseph Vittori, & Clint Romesha.
A series on what one recipient reflected succinctly upon, “Combat is not a great thing to be in, & it’s not a motivation to hate, by no means. It’s a motivation to love your brothers.” The Hit House’s music helped to underscore the momentous nature of the most extreme sacrifices these people made for each other & their country. Ultimately, their acts were done out of love, & earned in the hardest way possible. Watch their legacies in Medal of Honor, now streaming, only on Netflix.
SHOOT FOR THE MOON
Music from “SPHERES: RESONANCE” for a spot for another sphere.
Universal Pictures’ First Man required the perfect combination of intensity, emotional nuance, & epic heroism that The Hit House’s trailer music could convey for this TV Spot.
Directed by Damien Chazelle & starring Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, First Man delivers an epic visual biographical drama on the blood, sweat, & tears from all involved that went into humanity’s race to the moon. The gripping account shows the entire decade leading up to the successful Apollo 11 launch. As seen from Armstrong’s perspective, & based on James R. Hansen’s book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong the movie details the highs & lows felt by everyone one involved, including Armstrong’s family, his coworkers, & the entire United States, as everyone stood with rapt attention focused on one goal: landing humans on the moon.
An iconic true story First Man has been hailed as “The best movie of the year.” The Hit House is happy to lend the right amount of inspirational, tension-building, soaringly emotional, & heroic music to this spot which so vividly conveys the triumphs & travails on our collective paths to the moon.
HOLIDAY MAGIC IN NOVEMBER
Christmas must be enjoyed & it’s nothing without music…
Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms spot opens with The Hit House’s contribution to the holiday season.
Directed by Lasse Hallström & Joe Johnston, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King & Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker. Starring Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Eugenio Derbez, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard E. Grant, Misty Copeland, Helen Mirren, & Morgan Freeman, it presents the epic Christmas fairytale of a young girl who finds a Nutcracker doll in her family’s Christmas gifts & is magically whisked off to a world of gingerbread soldiers battling an army of mice.
Rated PG, Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, arrives to theaters November 2, & with it all the magic & splendor of a classic tale presented for our time. When next you need a magical tune to take your project to a place beyond, give us a call or drop us a line. For if we do not have the perfect piece ready for you, we’ll always have the ideal one crafted bespoke, at a moment’s notice.
THE ACTIVATION OF VENOM
Nothing like some music to get the Venom pumping.
Sony Pictures’ & Marvel Entertainment’s Venom, shoots into theaters soon, & with it the expectation of an incredible performance by its star Tom Hardy. To truly elevate the impending release, the raw power, & perceived evil brought to the screen The Hit House composer William August Hunt’s “Activation” track from our KINETIC RE:ACTION album was chosen. A modern action hybrid piece with uptempo guitar riffs, percussive elements, & building pulses with orchestral & heroic portions, the track lent just the right tone to the international trailer spot.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer, Venom tells the tale of journalist Eddie Brock who is picking up the pieces of his career, & is looking to do an exclusive exposé on the Life Foundation. In the midst of his investigation Eddie encounters an alien symbiote that melds with him, giving him superpowers, while simultaneously unleashing a sinister being within his own body. Also starring Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, & Reid Scott, this dark story unleashes a new franchise as a spin on horror films.
When demons are set to be unleashed, & you want to build the tension & drama, The Hit House has the trailer music for you. Packed with action, suspense, & rising tension, our music will definitely create a reaction for you from your audience. With Venom approaching, we can’t wait for its October 5 release. Until then, we’ll be here, for you, making music & ready to watch Tom Hardy as Venom on the big screen.
Hear The Hit House composer William August Hunt’s “Activation” here on SoundCloud:
TALES: CHAPTER III
Wanderer, your journey has been foretold in the ancient scrolls…
As a child, you will fight dragons with nothing but sticks. You will sail to the moon on rockets made of paper.
As your life cycle continues, you will sail to unknown lands on giant metal birds. You will climb mountains made up only of unclaimed dreams stacked thousands of feet high.
Your Life will be ever evolving… Playful & exciting, with “Youth & Spirit.” Terrifying & heart-wrenching, with “Empathy & Wisdom.” & Wonderful, with “Sorcery & Fire.”
To honor your vast span of adventure, The Hit House has crafted “TALES: CHAPTER III,” a fantastical new triple album, by 7 composers: Michael Vincent Rubino, Scott Lee Miller, Jeffrey Hepker, Tori Letzler, Dan Diaz, Jacob Jacobowitz, & William August Hunt. 24 music creations, from Light to Dark, Young to Mature, that span the Magic of the Imagination & the Magic of the World around us.
1 ANGEL FOR 2 NATIONS
War, Spies, the Fate of 2 Nations, & The Hit House’s Trailer Music for Netflix.
In a profession where betrayal can lie around any corner, one man chose to try to save both his country & that of their avowed enemies. When Netflix needed the music to build the tension in this existential thriller based on a true story, they chose The Hit House‘s music to build the thrill.
The Angel, directed by Ariel Vromen, is an adaptation of, The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel, a non-fiction book written by Uri Bar-Joseph. As Egypt & Israel edge toward war, Egyptian President Nasser’s son-in-law, Ashraf Marwan becomes one of the Mossad’s prized spies. As the special advisor to Anwar Sadat, he stands in a unique position to effect the fate of both countries. Starring Marwan Kenzari, Hannah Ware, & Toby Kebbell this British spy thriller is all the more real, as its basis lies in reality.
The Angel, streams only on Netflix, September 14. Until then, watch the trailer & know that when you need to turn up the tension on your next trailer music campaign, The Hit House has the music for you.
DAWN OF A NEW DAY
In life, the simplest things reflect the range & nuance of human emotion.
Love, a millisecond of a touch.
Anger, a heat behind the eyes.
Sadness, a heaviness in your breath.
Pure. Raw. Exact.
As so in music.
Unelaborated melodies can convey the deepest of feelings, the smallest of notes can fill the largest of spaces.
Dawn is a collection of understated Neo-classical score reflecting the spectrum of life’s drama, by composers Jeffrey Hepker, Scott Lee Miller, & William August Hunt.
From Devastation to Elation.
Whatever the day brings. It always starts with DAWN.
Hear a selection on SoundCloud of 4 from the 12 track album:
BLOOD IN THE END
Netflix releases “How It Ends” Final Trailer with The Hit House’s Trailer Music.
Just prior to Netflix’s July 13 release of How It Ends, the final trailer by Concept Arts, Inc. arrived with music by Scott Lee Miller. A dark tale of an apocalyptic landscape filled with dread & fear, action & desperation, needed the ideal track to push the action. Luckily we could supply just the right tone to keep the action moving & the tension palpable.
Directed by David M. Rosenthal & filmed in Winnipeg, How It Ends details the grisly truth of how people in the extreme circumstance of an unknown apocalypse would react to save their own lives & that of their loved ones. Theo James stars as Will, an attorney who has a fraught relationship with Forest Whitaker, Tom, the father of Sam (played by Kat Graham), the lady he intends to marry. On a trip from Seattle to Chicago to ask for Tom’s permission to marry his daughter, Will is forced to team up with Tom when disaster strikes & the fate of the woman they both love is unknown. Thus begins a harrowing journey across an apocalyptic landscape & the resulting human dangers, in order to save a daughter & a possible fiancee. This modern day action disaster movie also stars: Nicole Ari Parker, Grace Dove, Mark O’Brien, Kerry Bishé, & Eric Keenleyside.
When your world seems to be ending & the apocalypse is on the horizon, you’ll probably still need some music to accompany the finish. Just remember, regardless of how dire the straits or how far we’ll need to go, The Hit House has your back with all the right trailer music & sound design. In good times & in bad, we’ve got you covered. So give us a call to see what we’ve got, but until then, we’ll be watching How It Ends, now streaming, only on Netflix.
Hear the full track, “The Color of Blood,” by Scott Lee Miller, here on SoundCloud:
FRAMEWORK LAYER 5: COMBAT LOCKER
We’re ready for action, Soldier!
Attention, Sergeant Major!
Your mission:Create the gnarliest-sounding action campaign that civilian ears can bear.
Check your sonic arsenal before deployment:
Guns: Shots, Cocks, Drops & Loads ✓
Explosions: Dynamite, C4, Mortars ✓
Blades: Flicks, Stabs, Slashes & Clangs ✓
Hand To Hand: Kicks, Punches, Blocks & Breaks ✓
Just In Case: Bats, Bricks, Lasers, Phasers, Ice Rays, Flamethrowers, Eyeball Splatters, Spine Removals, Muskets & Cannons ✓
FW5 Combat Locker has over 300 pieces of amped up, designed-out foley & FX by The Hit House’s 6 time Emmy Nominated sound designer Chad J. Hughes. This the end all, be all, hands down, guns up last collection you will ever need for any brand of encounter, incursion, skirmish or invasion.
[Down]Load up, Soldier! It sounds like you’re ready for war.