Many viewers took notice of the menacing way that Donald Trump worked the stage during the second presidential debate, including the composer Danny Elfman. Elfman – best known as the man behind the themes for The Simpsons and the scores for most of Tim Burton’s films – decided to set the movements to music, chopping up footage from the event that showed Trump on the prowl and soundtracking it with a creepy score.
“Watching Trump lurching behind Hillary during the debate felt a bit like a zombie movie,” Elfman told Funny or Die. “Like at any moment he was going to attack her, rip off her head, and eat her brains.”
In Elfman’s new clip, titled “Trump Stalks Hillary,” the swell of the music overwhelms Hillary’s words. The composer builds anxiety with a tense string section, screechy, jarring effects and a haunting choir.
Elfman’s a longtime lover of horror films, with that passion forming the basis for his initial bond with Burton. “We loved every horror film made in the Sixties and the Seventies,” Elfman told Rolling Stone last year. “His idol was Vincent Price, mine was Peter Lorre. It kind of defined us for the next 30 years: Evil mastermind tortured doomed souls, both misunderstood.”
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