This stirring, under-appreciated gem is the reason we miss James Horner so much

James Horner’s scores for blockbusters like Titanic, Aliens and Avatar may have grabbed the attention, but it’s one of his lesser-known works that we like to remember him by.

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Horner by name, horner by nature - this excerpt from 1983 cult sci-fi swashbuckler Krull has not been remembered favourably by history (it featured Liam Neeson, but also Mark Fowler off EastEnders). But the music, well… have a listen to 'Ride of the Firemares':

Film music doesn’t get more Wagnerian or more Holstian than this. Horn signals, trumpet calls, fluttering Rhinemaiden strings, and a bonkers chromatic trumpet duet at the end.

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Here it is as it appears in the film, complete with terrible green-screen, excessive helicopter shots and flaming horse hooves:

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