Cool Horror Videos: Akira Yamaoka talks scoring Dario Argento’s The Sandman

Last Updated on August 5, 2021

Akira Yamaoka is a composer best known for his work on the “Silent Hill” video game series (he’s pretty much scored them all). Now he’s getting the chance to work with one of his idols, Dario Argento, on the Italian director’s latest film, THE SANDMAN. (We last wrote about that HERE.)

In the below video, Yamaoka talks about the inspiration he’s derived from Argento in the past, as well as the main instrument he’ll be utilizing for the soundtrack. And guess what, you can even buy his guitar if you want!

THE SANDMAN tells the story of Nathan, a young student in the city who struggles to forget his childhood trauma at the hands of the serial killer dubbed “The Sandman”. Nathan killed The Sandman (Iggy Pop) years ago, on Christmas Eve, after he witnessed the murder of his mother…until he sees the beautiful woman who lives in the apartment across the way dying at the hands of that same masked killer. This brutal murder plunges Nathan into an odyssey into the night country of his past, his dreams…and the buried secrets of The Sandman. Christmas is coming, and so is The Sandman.

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