Christopher Young & 50 States of Fright
June 23, 2020
Composer Christopher Young Reunites with Director Sam Raimi for the Quibi Original Series 50 STATES OF FRIGHT
Award-winning composer Christopher Young (HELLRAISER, SPIDER-MAN 3, PET SEMATARY) reteams with director Sam Raimi (SPIDER-MAN, DRAG ME TO HELL, EVIL DEAD) for the Quibi original series 50 STATES OF FRIGHT. The horror anthology, executive produced by Raimi, features the scariest stories from every state in the country. Young wrote the original main title and scored the episode directed by Raimi, “The Golden Arm.” 50 STATES OF FRIGHT marks the eighth collaboration in 20 years between Raimi and Young, which includes the Raimi directed films THE GIFT, SPIDER-MAN 2 and 3, and DRAG ME TO HELL.
“The Golden Arm” is a three-part episode from 50 STATES OF FRIGHT with screenplay by the Michigan-born brothers Sam Raimi and Ivan Raimi. “The Golden Arm” features Rachel Brosnahan (THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL) as a Michigan woman who loses her arm in a tree accident and has it replaced by a golden arm. She becomes obsessed with her gold arm, even as it is slowly killing her. She requests to be buried with the arm. After her death, her husband digs up the arm to sell it to pay off his debts, unleashing new horrors!
In addition to Christopher Young being one of the first film composers to score a Quibi series, he is also the composer of the first Chinese film, THE MONKEY KING, directed by Pou-Soi Cheang, to break the Worldwide Box Office, at the time surpassing THE WOLF OF WALL STREET and FROZEN. Young scored the film with an 80-piece orchestra and choir. [See my interview with Young about scoring THE MONKEY KING and it sequel here – rdl]
Christopher Young’s music has garnered recognition including Emmy nominations, one for NORMA JEAN & MARILYN, along with a Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice award nomination for THE SHIPPING NEWS. He has collaborated such critically-acclaimed directors including Norman Jewison, Tyler Perry, Scott Derrickson, Barry Levinson, Curtis Hanson, and Jon Amiel. He’s scored films in virtually every genre from bone-chilling horrors HELLRAISER, THE GRUDGE, SINISTER, and the remake of Stephen King’s PET SEMATARY, comedies including Tyler Perry’s A MADEA CHRISTMAS and THE SINGLE MOMS CLUB, action-packed super-hero thrillers GHOST RIDER and SPIDER-MAN 3, to award-winning dramas THE SHIPPING NEWS and THE HURRICANE.
In addition to his film composing career, Young is a dedicated mentor who teaches at USC and serves as an advisor for the Sundance Institute Film Composers Lab and The Society of Composers & Lyricists. He is also the recipient of the BMI Career Achievement Award.
Coming up for Young is the supernatural horror THE EMPTY MAN, based on the graphic novel of the same name, set to be released August 7th for director David Prior.
Watch the 50 STATES OF FRIGHT trailer: