Thursday, December 01, 2011

Which is Better?

Danny Elfman
10 sample films:

Edward Scissorhands
Spider-Man 2
Good Will Hunting
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Dead Presidents
Mission Impossible
Men in Black


Alan Silvestri
10 sample films:

The Back to the Future Trilogy
The Abyss
Captain America: The First Avenger
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Forrest Gump
The Polar Express
Romancing the Stone
The Mummy Returns
Father of the Bride

Which do you prefer? Let us know in the comments section


  1. Elfman wins the tiebreaker for once having been in the band Oingo Boingo (gotta love the name) and performing their song Dead Man's Party in the movie Back to School.

  2. Probably Elfman for his association with Oingo Boingo. I just love that scene in Back to School.

    Pick anyone against the Maestro in Ennio Morricone. I will go with Morricone all the way.

  3. @Chip Lary - While I liked the Dead Man's Party song from Back to School, Oingo Boingo was never a band I really got into. I always associate Elfman with Tim Burton.

    @theVoid - Morricone is in a class by himself. He would easily blow out either composer if pitted against them.

  4. Silvestri wins for Back to the Future no contest!! Elfman is repetitive beyond belief. And Forrest Gump is a great score too! Man... I love Silvestri, forget Elfman!

  5. Silvestri. He has a range that Elfman can't touch. Silvestri can do quirky—just as the Elfman does, perpetually—but Silvestri's emotional breadth is far broader. Elfman gets points for orchestration and thinking out of the box, but Silvestri is equally brilliant at both action and drama...and he conducts.

  6. @Pete – His work in both those films are what make me pick Silvestri

    @Yojimbo - Personally I like that Silvestri mixes up his style with every film. Yes, Elfman takes risks but he always seems to end up with something that sounds very reminiscent of his previous quirky efforts.


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