I used to work with Pat Penta at The New School for Jazz. I advised students, he tuned pianos. Whenever he popped into my office I knew we were about to take a delightfully warped trip to the unknown. One day he told me, “someday, I’m gonna make a movie about vampires on a submarine during World War II and it’s gonna be called ‘Subferatu’ and it’s gonna be great!” AND GUESS WHAT. Two years ago he started doing exactly that.
He built a lifesize cross-section of a sub in a warehouse in Seattle. He wrote a hilarious script. He spritzed the actors in the face with water before each shot. And as he and his wife are SHWILSON’s biggest fans, he asked if I would write and record the soundtrack. YES PLEASE.
As a rabid classic horror fan, I was psyched. After reading through the script, I immediately rewatched some of my favorite films from the ’70s and ’80s for inspiration. Phantasm, The Shining, Videodrome, The Thing, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. All synthy and delicious.
I started sketching, running my synths through tons of pedals, glitching out and feeding back. Sweeping filters. Dark oscillating ostinatos. I wanted this thing to ooze with creepy nostalgia. There are even a few large ensemble numbers to support the WWII-era and tropical themes.
And now it’s done! Just need to run it all through some warm tape vibes and it’ll be ready to scare the pants of any willing listener (hopefully). Stay tuned for the horror of…SUBFERATU.