In The Desert Of Seth

By G. B. Marian

Jerry Goldsmith: “The Invaders” (From The Twilight Zone)

Jerry Goldsmith is one of the greatest film composers to have ever lived. His scores for such films as Alien (1979), The Omen (1976) and Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) are truly legendary. (Show me a Satanist who doesn’t enjoy listening to “Ave Satani” at least a little bit!) But before he made a name for himself on the big screen, Goldsmith was primarily known for scoring television shows; and perhaps the one show on his resume that is the most memorable is Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone (1959 – 1964). He didn’t write the iconic theme – that honor belongs to Marius Constant – but he did score some of the most well-known episodes, including “The Invaders” (in which an old woman finds her house beseiged by tiny astronauts in a miniature spaceship). This score is particularly appropriate for autumn; with its out-of-tune strings and icy piano strikes, it makes me think of someone noticing that the scarecrow in their cornfield keeps getting closer and closer each time they peek out their farmhouse window. So dim the lights and prepare yourself for some eerie music, ’cause it doesn’t get much eerier than this…

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One response to “Jerry Goldsmith: “The Invaders” (From The Twilight Zone)

  1. trellia September 2, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    LOVE Jerry Goldsmith! We played the closing theme from Star Trek: First Contact at our wedding 🙂

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