Soundtrack Review: The Dark and the Wicked

The Dark and the Wicked (2020)
Released by Bandcamp
34 Tracks with a Total Running Time of 78 min.
Music by Tom Schraeder

As I mentioned in my review of the actual film, it’s a very strong and emotional draining ride, that constantly pulls at your emotions. And one of the things that helps with that is the score. This is not one with music per say, with melodies and such, but of sounds and emotions. And it works so well.

Schraeder uses a couple instruments, in very unusual ways, to create these amazing sounds that immediately put the viewer on edge. There are haunting piano notes given a slight echoing to them, or what sounds like metal slowly being dragged across another piece of metal, with different speeds and tones, but again, highly effective. A perfect example of that is track 8 – Not the Carrots, especially if you’ve seen the film which means you’ll probably remember the scene. It’s almost hard to watch and hear the music that Schraeder created for this, makes listening to it almost as effective as the visuals.

That is an effective score.

There are also two original songs on the score, Darkness Stalls and Why Call the Light, both of which were written and performed by Schraeder.

If you are a fan of this movie and love how it slowly works under your skin, then this music will do the same. I love a good score that can not only make you feel, but immediately bring back images from the film. But even if you haven’t seen it, I have a feeling listening to the score will bring about similar results.

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