Terror Vision to Release Charles Bernstein’s ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ Score for the First Time

Rumpelstiltskin and a baby
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No one is ever going to hail Rumpelstiltskin as the best movie on the planet, or even a good one for that matter. However, most viewers will agree that the score by Charles Bernstein is a highlight of the feature. It might not be as popular as his scores for A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Entity (which was repurposed in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds along with his theme for White Lightning), but it’s still a testament to Bernstein’s abilities as a composer. What’s more, the score has long been sought after by musical buffs and horror fans alike, and we’re happy to report that Terror Vision has saved it from obscurity. 

The soundtrack release, which will be available on LP and cassette formats, also arrives in a variety of colour variants and includes liner notes by Bernstein himself. And since most horror fans discovered Rumpelstiltskin by trawling through the aisles of their local Blockbuster, it’s only fitting that the release comes with retro video store packaging. Terror Vision will be making exclusive vinyl variants available for the soundtrack’s release — with a maroon and yellow pinwheel available via the outlet’s website and a purple-with-yellow splatter release which will only be available to members of the Terror Vision Record Club.

Rumpelstiltskin is a 1995 horror-comedy fantasy caper from director Mark Jones, his feature-length follow-up to the cult classic Leprechaun. Similar to Jones’ previous effort, Rumpelstiltskin tells the story of a mythological creature that sets out to cause havoc in modern times. More specifically, it follows the titular fairytale imp (Max Grodénchik) as he tries to gain possession of one mother’s baby in Los Angeles.

While reviews weren’t kind to Rumpelstiltskin at the time, it has since gone on to find fans in cult genre circles. Now, thanks to Terror Vision, the film’s fans can celebrate a score that they’ve been waiting to acquire for almost 30 years.