Lakeshore Records will release the Pay the Ghost – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on September 18 and on CD later this year. The album features the film's original score by Joseph LoDuca.
"There are three aspects to my music for Pay the Ghost that made the experience memorable," said LoDuca. "I am pleased with the result of my close collaboration with Uli Edel (director) on a horror/thriller score that relied primarily on electronic sound. Over several sessions together, creating dark atmospheres with a gnawing sense of tension was our primary objective."
"The first piece I wrote was 'The Portal Song,' which is sung in Gaelic by a children's chorus," described LoDuca. "Their chant sets the third act in motion. The film needed a song that felt pagan, yet plausible for the setting of a neighborhood park in New York City on Halloween. We also recorded wild screams from the children, which Uli brilliantly juxtaposed to score the rescue of Nicholas Cage's character, Michael Cole, from the Crone."
"The third element was the street band source music for the Halloween fair that occurs at two points in the film," said LoDuca. "Craig Flores, our producer, came up with the idea of an additional 'creepy fun house' piece. That immediately triggered in me images of Federico Fellini and Nino Rota, and added a surreal edge to those scenes. A word of caution: Don't expect to be soothed here. But if you were thrilled and terrified by the emotional ride of Pay the Ghost, you'll relive it now in sound."