Soundtrack Review: Stonehearst Asylum


Stonehearst Asylum
Released by Lakeshore Records, 2014

31 Tracks with a total running time of 78 min.
Music by John Debney

This was a score that I received to review and never even heard of the title before hand, so you go into it completely blind…or deaf as the case may be. But it doesn’t take but a few seconds into the first track, Eliza’s Theme, for the composer to draw you in. By that time, he’s got you hooked. For being a horror film, this soundtrack contains so many beautiful pieces of music, but it still is able to give the listener’s the darker element needed for it.

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Soundtrack Review: The Belko Experiment

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The Belko Experiment
Released by Lakeshore Records, 2017
18 Tracks with a Total Running Time of 40 min.
Music by Tyler Bates

When a score starts off with a Hispanic version of I Will Survive, it makes you wonder if you can take it serious. But once the second track, Security, kicks in, you can tell you’re in for a dark ride.

The main feel to this score is not really music but sounds. Long, drawn out ones, almost like feedback, or something metal being dragged across another metal object, but slowly. Then you throw in a little pounding rhythm here and there, and there is your score. This is not a criticism, but just trying to explain what you’re going to get here. It is very atmospheric, creating a very disturbing sensation with it playing in the background, that something dark is just around the corner, or just out of sight, but it is there. Then in the middle of the score, we get a break with another Hispanic version of California Dreaming. After that, we’re right back into the thick of it with track # 9, Panic. It starts off with some clanging in the distance, with some strange electronic beat, and that screeching sound again. Highly effective.

From what we know about this movie, this score seems like it would fit perfectly. It just emits suspense and tension with these noises bleeding through your speakers. We can’t wait to see the film and see just how well it works within the images on the screen.

Soundtrack Review: The Devil’s Candy

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The Devil’s Candy
Released by Death Waltz Recording Co., 2017
18 Tracks with a total running time of 37 min.
Music by Michael Yezerski

Right from the very second this score starts, it grabs you by the core. At first, it might just seem like a loud guitar riff, but it is much more than that, having a strange and eerie quality to it. It definitely gets the listener’s attention.

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Soundtrack Review: Get Out


Get Out
Released by Back Lot Music, 2017
43 Tracks, with a Total Running Time of 60 min.
Music By Michael Abels

This is a very different type of score than what we’re used to listening to. Right from the second track, Sikiliza Kwa Wahenga (Main Title), we hear some vocals that start to create a creepy feeling. But even though Abels stated that he asked by the director to incorporate “distinctly African-American elements without relying on stereotypes”, there are other pieces of music that just are beautiful, no matter what the influences, such as in track 3, Chris & Rose (Love Theme), with a quiet and soothing sounds of (I think) a cello, with some notes and sounds  coming through in the background. Same goes for track 27, Educational Video, which is another quiet and peaceful piece of music.

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