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The first soundtrack I bought...

Neil Marshall: Star Wars, double album, on vinyl - still have it in my collection, though I don't have a turntable to play it on.

Axelle Carolyn: The Crow, both the songs and the Graeme Revell score. I wasn't old enough to see the film when it came out but being a bit of a teenage Goth, I became obsessed with the music and the imagery long before I saw it. Around the same time I also got a compilation of Stephen King soundtracks and particularly loved the theme of Children Of The Corn.

The soundtrack that most inspired me...

Neil Marshall: Insomnia by David Julyan. I listened to this non-stop while writing The Descent, I used a lot of this music as my temp score while editing the movie, and finally we were lucky enough to get David to score the finished film, and deliver something very different yet utterly brilliant. Everything came full circle.

Axelle Carolyn: Tough one! Danny Elfman was the first composer I was ever a fan of, and I love to listen to Tim Burton soundtracks while I work. But I'd have to go with Black Death, which led me to work with Christian Henson, who scored my short films and is now working on my first feature, Soulmate.

Soundtrack currently on heavy rotation...

Neil Marshall: The score I always have on heavy repeat is Raiders Of The Lost Ark! Recently I've been listening to The Dark Knight Rises, especially the action cues, on my way to the studios in the morning. On the way home I listen to The Thin Red Line, also by Zimmer, but very different.

Axelle Carolyn: The Innkeepers. I loved the film, and the atmosphere of the soundtrack. We used it to temp a couple of scenes in Soulmate, too.

My soundtrack guilty pleasure...

Neil Marshall: I don't know how guilty it is, but I love the score from Tron: Legacy, and Tangerine Dream's music for Risky Business. Also, Flash Gordon by Queen, an awesome soundtrack. Gordon's alive!

Axelle Carolyn: Buffy The Musical. Pretty much none of them can sing, which is why I guess I'm a bit embarrassed whenever that that pops up loud on my iPod, but the episode is so fantastic, I love it.

Favourite song from a musical

Neil Marshall: Probably Science Fiction/Double Feature or Sweet Transvestite from Rocky Horror Picture Show, or else Singin' In The Rain, You've Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two from Oliver!, or I Wan'na Be Like You from The Jungle Book.

Axelle Carolyn: It'd have to be something from The Nightmare Before Christmas, or perhaps I'm So Ronery from Team America. But my favorite - though not really from a musical, since it's from a ride - would be Grim Grinning Ghosts from Disney's Haunted Mansion.

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