Thursday, November 14, 2013
The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe
In “The Tell-Tale Heart”, Edgar Allen Poe describes the murder of an old man with an eye that looked like a vulture. If I were to create a soundtrack for a movie adaptation for this story, I would try to choose songs that produced a similar feel as story. I want a soundtrack that creates the feeling of uneasiness and paranoia that was felt by the narrator during this story.
The first song I would include on my soundtrack would be “Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell. This song has the high pitched synthesizer that creates an eerie feeling. This paired with the lyrics of the song are perfect for this story of a person sneaking into someone’s house to watch them in their sleep. For the second song, I would have to pick Papa Roach’s “Last Resort”. This would pair with the scene of the narrator strangling his victim. This song talks about causing pain, especially in the form of suffocation. This is perfect for this story in my opinion.
After the old man is killed, I would play the song “Let the Bodies Hit the Floor” by Drowning Pool. This song would be perfect for the montage of the narrator realizing his actions and scrambling to hide the body. The song is fast passed and gets your heart pumping, which is perfect for this portion of the story. After the body is hidden and the narrator is talking to the police above the floorboards, “Heartbeat” by Childish Gambino would fade in. This is a rap song unlike most of the rock songs on this soundtrack, but I still think that the fast paced beat would make it a good fit for this list. Lastly, when the narrator of the story is shown one last time in his jail cell, “Down with the Sickness” by Disturbed will begin playing as the story wraps up and the credits begin. It shows that the narrator really is crazy and guilty of murder because of insanity.