“Removing the constraints and clichés of traditional horror film scoring, I enjoyed both the freedom and creative challenges that presented themselves. The Driver’s menacing banjo theme and Nicole’s haunting alto flute theme battle back and forth in the music as their conflict takes place onscreen. Each of the other bizarre characters also required distinct musical identities, ranging from the lyrical flugelhorn solo for the sheriff to the perverse gospel song for the creepy Winnebago family. At the same time – and despite all the screaming banjos and fiddles – the score had to frighten audiences without ever calling attention to itself. The music needed to emphasize and maintain that previous, terrifying illusion of all good scary movies: to convince you that it’s real.”Although it’s easy to focus attention toward scores that will be heard by millions and paid for by billions, it’s always imperative to keep the spotlight moving in search of elusive gems. REST STOP is a modest film with a sensational score that might not have a chance to compete with its blockbusting brethren but nonetheless deserves its share of the spotlight. Fans of Bear McCreary who love his music in BATTLESTAR GALACTICA should certainly flock to hear his crafty score for REST STOP. Everyone else should follow suit just to see what all the hubbub is about. In a genre that is saturated with the mundane and reeks of the uninspired, finding an imaginative, well-crafted new horror score is a task that is becoming alarmingly difficult. In a relatively short period of time, Bear McCreary has reinterpreted the art of scoring sci-fi with his innovative music for BATTLESTAR GALACTICA. Furthermore, It should not surprise anyone that he has managed a small claim in reshaping the way we hear horror with his score to REST STOP. There is still so much more of the human psyche left to be explored with film music. I applaud Bear and anyone else who has the imagination, gumption, and sense of craft enough to set off on their own expeditions. Film music and the films they accompany only stand to improve while hopefully recruiting new ears along the way. If you feel the need to stop driving for awhile and take a break, there’s an amazing score to be heard at the REST STOP…dead ahead. I had the chance to chat with Bear about his score for REST STOP. Always the consummate artist, McCreary enjoys elaborating on his music which adds to the passion so keenly expressed in it. Enjoy!