Saturday Frights: Theremin Movie Soundtracks

Hi, friends! Taking a moment from cleaning up the Drive-In concession lobby to join in on the celebration of what would have been Clara Rockmore’s 105 birthday, an accomplished artist on the theremin, although it was the violin where she first displayed her natural talents. Due to either arthritis or tendinitis depending on where you are doing your research, Clara after meeting Leon Theremin who created the electronic musical device, found she had an instant talent for the instrument.

Image courtesy of Google Doodles.
Image courtesy of Google Doodles.

The Projectionist and myself were having a private discussion…which is kind of a forced point now, right? Sorry. We were talking about the movies we could think of where a Theremin was used and with that more than impressive Google Doodles shining the spotlight on Rockmore this seemed like the perfect time to share some of our favorite soundtracks that feature the electronic instrument!

The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

[Via] KLOO98

Spellbound (1945)

[Via] amuggle15

The Thing From Another World

[Via] Soundtrack Fred

Mars Attacks! (1996)

[Via] Helman1987

Hopefully these classic scores will help you decide on what to watch tonight…and if not…ACK! ACK! ACK!


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