Ben Romans has scored a film he’s too afraid to see.
Romans, a 1999 graduate of Salina Central High School and keyboardist for the popular pop/rock group The Click Five, has just completed his first major film score.
As it happens, it’s for a really creepy horror movie.
“The Devil Inside,” a Paramount release, is a pseudo-documentary in the style of “Paranormal Activity” and “The Blair Witch Project.” The story focuses on a woman who becomes involved in exorcisms while trying to discover what happened to her mother — a woman who allegedly murdered three people during her own exorcism.
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The film’s unsettling visual effects — which includes demon-possessed people crawling up walls, flying into the air and bending their bodies into impossible contortions — is genuinely disturbing to Romans.
“For the record, I can’t handle it,” he said with a laugh. “My genre is more bunnies and flowers than dark stuff.”
“The Devil Inside” opens today.
For the past decade, Romans has been the keyboardist of a Beatles-like pop group that records catchy songs that make teenage girls squeal, but he said his first love has always been musical composition.
“I started composing at age 6, and it’s really the thing I do the most now,” said Romans, who resides in Los Angeles. “Writing a score is more impressionistic than writing a pop song. It’s like putting up an art installment.”
Romans said that between Click Five tours and recording sessions, he wrote a couple of experimental film scores for a short film and a small independent film, both released in 2008. Then he met singer, composer and music producer Brett Detar, the former lead singer for the now defunct rock band The Juliana Theory.
He asked if I’d like to do a film score with him.”