Soundtrack Review: The Woman in Black (2012)

The Woman in Black (2012)
Released by Silva America
22 Tracks, with a total running time of 55:00 min.
Music by Marco Beltrami

With the return of Hammer Films, one of the things that made their films so noticeable and memorable was the music. When the music started, you knew in an instant that it was from Hammer. So, we were excited both for this movie, but also to see if the music would be as predominate as before. The answer is . . . sort of. First and foremost, you have to get the old Hammer out of your mind and just listen to this on its own merits, which I think there are plenty of.

Since the film is very atmospheric, with some jump scares, the score is the same way. It starts out right away with an eerie mood settling over the listener, with a quiet piano and some strings that vary from the higher pitch notes to some lower and darker ones in the background. Very effective. But one feeling that I get right away is sadness, or a dreary feeling of dread and maybe even loneliness. That fits the film perfectly.

There are a few louder and sudden jolts of music, which fits in with the film for its share of jump scares, but for the most part, the score relies on creating a nice and creepy mood, which I really enjoy more, each time I listen to it.

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