Soundtrack Review: Cell

Cell Soundtrack

Released by Filmtrax, 2016.
17 Tracks with a Total Running Time of 43 min.
Music Composed by Marcelo Zarvos

For a horror film score, this almost has a duality to it. Such as in the Main Title track, there are wailing strings and a pounding beat, but then underneath that is a quiet piano melody playing, which gives is a strange quality to it. In fact, a lot of the score seems to be like this, like two different emotions twisting around each other. Some are more action and faster paced, while others are more sedate and atmospheric. We have some tracks, like # 5 Son on the Phone, that is just a beautiful bit of music with piano and some background, then going to the next track, Airport Outbreak, that sounds a bit like feedback interlaced with the quickly paced strings that we heard earlier in the score, which combines into a very tense piece of music.

While I do think this will be an effective score when watching the film, standing on its own, it simply didn’t grab hold of me. The use of the piano theme, which admittedly I’m always a sucker for, was really the highlight of the score for me. The other tracks were good and did create some suspense and tension, but overall, didn’t leave me with wanting to listen to it over and over again. Granted, I know all scores are not going to do it, but that is what we always hope for.

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