The Director's Cut

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The Director's Cut
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 9, 2001
RecordedJanuary 2001
ProducerMike Patton
Fantômas chronology
The Director's Cut
Millennium Monsterwork 2000

The Director's Cut is the second studio album by American musical supergroup Fantômas. The album is a collection of cover versions of themes from horror and thriller films and television series, performed in a variety of different musical styles. The album was released on July 9, 2001, through Ipecac Recordings, a record label co-owned by the band's vocalist, Mike Patton.

The Director's Cut has been praised by critics, with reviewers highlighting the album's versatility and unusual content.


The Director's Cut was released on July 9, 2001, by Patton's record label Ipecac Recordings.[1] The album's release was preceded by a tour of Europe the preceding May and June, while "Rosemary's Baby" was previewed on the Ipecac Recordings website.[2] The Director's Cut is an album of cover versions of the scores and soundtracks of horror and crime films.

The songs are not necessarily accurate or faithful to the original versions—for example, "The Godfather" is an adaptation of Nino Rota's stately theme from The Godfather, rendered in a thrash metal style with scat lyrics.[3] Fantômas performed the album in its entirety live at the London Astoria in 2008,[4] and at the 2014 RockOut festival in Santiago, Chile.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[6]
Drowned in Sound9/10 stars[3]
NME8/10 stars[7]

The album has been met with favorable reviews from critics. Writing for AllMusic, Blake Butler rated the album four stars out of five. Butler described the album as "yet another testament to the unabashed genius of Mike Patton and his co-conspirators" and considered it to a ground-breaking release.[6] Drowned in Sound's Graham Reed award the album a score of nine out of ten, finding it to be "leftfield" but atmospheric. Reed praised the diversity shown by the group, ultimately calling it "one of the most challenging, and rewarding albums of the year".[3] Noel Gardner of NME rated The Director's Cut eight out of ten, finding that it sounded better in practice than in theory. Gardner admitted that the covered themes were vastly different from their original presentations, but praised the drastic divergence as the album's strength.[7] Pitchfork's Brendan Reid gave The Director's Cut a score of 8.4 out of 10. Reid described the album as "obsessively detailed and brutally frenetic", finding Patton's vocals to be the centre of the album's strength.[8] Writing for CMJ New Music Monthly, Tom Mallon described the album as "inventive", finding that its varied approaches to the source material allowed the band members to "step out of [their] normal roles", particularly citing drummer Dave Lombardo's "jazzy" performance on "Experiment in Terror".[9] Mallon felt that the album would not gain the group new admirers, but went "a long way toward cementing [Patton's] reputation as an artist rather than a mere noisemaker".[9]

Track listing[edit]

1."The Godfather"Nino Rota2:45
2."Der Golem"Karl Ernst Sasse2:38
3."Experiment in Terror"Henry Mancini2:40
4."One Step Beyond"Harry Lubin2:57
5."Night of the Hunter (Remix)"Walter Schumann0:58
6."Cape Fear"Bernard Herrmann1:49
7."Rosemary's Baby"Krzysztof Komeda3:20
8."The Devil Rides Out (Remix)"James Bernard1:37
9."Spider Baby"Ronald Stein2:25
10."The Omen (Ave Satani)"Jerry Goldsmith1:49
11."Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer"Robert McNaughton3:07
12."Vendetta"John Barry2:03
13.Untitled 0:05
14."Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion"Ennio Morricone4:00
15."Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me"Angelo Badalamenti3:28
16."Charade"Henry Mancini3:04
Total length:39:02


Chart performance[edit]

The Director's Cut spent two weeks in the Australian Album Chart, reaching a peak position of 18. It dropped to number 41 before leaving the chart entirely.[10] In the United States, the album spent one week in the Billboard Independent Albums chart, at number 30.[11]

Country Chart Peak
Australia Australian Album Chart 18[10]
United States Independent Albums 30[11]


  1. ^ "Ipecac Recordings – Fantômas". Ipecac Recordings. Retrieved July 30, 2012.
  2. ^ "Fantomas Get Cinematic On New Album". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. April 17, 2001. Retrieved July 30, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Reed, Graham (November 5, 2001). "Fantomas – The Director's Cut / Releases". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved July 30, 2012.
  4. ^ "Fantomas perform 'The Director's Cut'". Time Out. December 8, 2008. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  5. ^ "Fantômas To Perform Entire 'The Director's Cut' Album At Chile's RockOut Festival". September 12, 2014. Retrieved January 30, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Butler, Blake. "The Director's Cut – Fantômas : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Allmusic. Allrovi. Retrieved July 30, 2012.
  7. ^ a b Gardner, Noel (July 27, 2001). "NME Album Reviews – Fantomas : The Director's Cut". NME. Retrieved July 30, 2012.
  8. ^ a b Reid, Brendan (July 31, 2001). "Fantômas: The Director's Cut | Album Reviews". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved July 30, 2012.
  9. ^ a b Mallon, Tom (August 2001). "Reviews". CMJ New Music Monthly. CMJ (95): 80. Retrieved October 26, 2012.
  10. ^ a b "Fantômas – The Director's Cut". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
  11. ^ a b "The Director's Cut – Fantômas". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 22, 2012.