Women In Horror Month 2020 Spotlight: Miriam Mayer

As we continue our celebration of Women In Horror Month 2020, I had the incredible opportunity to speak with one of the hardest working women in the genre and in film in general, Miriam Mayer. Not only has she worked on some of the biggest films of all time, she recently began composing scores for a number of award winning independent horror flicks. Check out what she had to say about surfing on Malibu Beach, working with the legendary John Williams, Women In Horror and much more.
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Miriam: LOL, no, I suck.  Although I’ve surfed for years, I often get friendly beach-goers asking me if it’s my first time surfing!!!  Oh the ignominy!!!  Also, has anyone made a surfing horror flick? Because there are sooo many scary things about surfing!! Sharks, sharp coral, mean surfer dudes and chicks, drowning, not to mention insulting beach-goers.  A lot of potential there.
Monster: Do people usually give you a hard time about composing the score for the “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” television show? How do you feel about it, are there any regrets? 

Miriam: Oh honey.  I’ve scored far worse things than “Boo Boo.” The editors always requested “low IQ music.” And I was just so, Damn, Good at it.

Monster: What was it like to assist John Williams on scores such as the 1998 Saving Private Ryan, 1999 Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and 2002 Catch Me If You Can

Miriam: Cannot even joke about that, it was an honor and a privilege to work with John Williams at the highest level of filmscore-dom.

Monster: You’ve worked on films like Star Trek 2009, Mission Impossible III 2006 and The Chronicles of Riddick 2004, as well as and the Disney Pixar animated smash hits, Ratatouille 2007 and Up 2009. When it comes to the long list of films you’ve worked on, what’s your personal favorite and which is most memorable to you?       

Miriam: I played violin and viola on all of the films you mention here. It’s pretty darn cool to be in the orchestra in studios like Sony and Warner Bros., recording those film scores. I’m a huge Star Trek fan, so playing on Michael Giacchino’s score to that was pretty awesome. And Tom Cruise 
came to the Mission Impossible recording date and conducted the orchestra in the M.I. theme, so that was pretty fun!

Monster: Your horror cred involves films such as the 1995 Village of the Damned by John Carpenter, the 2000 Leprechaun 5: In the Hood, the 2006 TV mini-series Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King, and 2011 prequel, The Thing. Now tell us about the 1994 TV series M.A.N.T.I.S.

Miriam: LOL—wait—M.A.N.T.I.S??  I have some vague memory…
Monster: How did you become involved in composing for films within the independent horror community? Are you a fan of the genre, and do you watch horror movies? 

Miriam: Yes, I love horror films!  And I freaking love scoring horror films! There is nothing better than seeing a horror flick come to life with my score!  I scored several horror shorts and then started working with Simone Kisiel of Magic Dog Productions. I scored her multi-award-winning feature, “BUGS: A Trilogy” which is free to watch on Amazon Prime:

Next, I was privileged to score Christine Parker’s multi-award-winning, “BLOOD OF THE MUMMY” which will be on Amazon very soon!  Christine is also the owner and founder of the Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival.  And I’m currently scoring Marie Laurin’s and Clara Gabrielle’s horror feature, “THE UNCANNY.”

Monster: As a Woman in Horror yourself, what are your thoughts on Women In Horror Month and what does it mean to you personally?

Miriam: I love working with women horror filmmakers!  Women often have a very different take on what constitutes horror.  Women have experienced a ridiculous amount of real-life horror, large and small, and I love seeing those stories brought to life with a woman’s POV.  Horror can be so cathartic.

Monster: Where can people follow you and keep up with everything that you’re up to at the moment?

Miriam: You can check my website, and I’m pretty prolific on Facebook, Instagram and IMDB.


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