“It’s very perverse and the movie is perverse. They invented the genre of the horror film when they made that movie,” said Burwell of the slasher thriller. “It’s an all-string score, which you think would be more appropriate to a romance but in a way, Psycho is a romance, but it’s also beautiful.”
“The sci-fi film Forbidden Planet has a great score…it’s all electronic and it was done before you could buy electronic instruments,” he said. “Composers built their own instruments. It’s amazing that a movie studio would be that adventurous.”
The Hateful Eight (2015)
“When I was starting out, the music Ennio Morricone had done I thought was very inspiring. If you put together a few instruments you can compose a very striking piece of music,” said Burwell. “His ability to make a rich score out of a small number of things is fascinating.” Morricone is also nominated in the same category as Burwell for best original score for The Hateful Eight.