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Soundtrack review: At the devil’s door (Ronen Landa, 2014)

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Soundtrack review: At the devil’s door (Ronen Landa, 2014)

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“At the devil’s door” is a horror movie about an ambitious young real estate agent who tries to intervene and help a strange girl but she becomes entangled with a supernatural force that soon pulls her artist sister into its web — and has sinister plans for both of them.

Ronen Landa came up with a horror score completely to my liking. I love to be scared by a horror score, and I already reviewed “The Canal”, which did that brilliantly. But my favorite horror scores are the ones that also include melodic cues. “Leigh” (the main theme) and “Greenville” are all about the melody, and make for an easier introduction into this horror score. Come on in, it’s safe and pretty, see? We won’t mention anything about “Hannah” and the knife sound that cuts it right at the end, or about “You’re all dead” and “Expulsion”, which are the scariest cues on this score. Or we might tell you about those but not “Pellem pro pelle” which is nothing but a weird and creepy incantation.

“At the devil’s door” is like a visit in a tight and dark tunnel which has lots of twists and turns. You never know what to expect. A few cues are constructed in a stop and go manner, they don’t flow naturally. The effect is very good. I love a score that surprises me, and I got a few of surprises listening to this one.

“Come to me” is the star cue of this score. At over 6 minutes, it has everything that’s great in “At the devil’s door”: a beautiful melody, a quiet chiming tempo and the frights. It has time to develop each motif and set a mood.

The score ends with Home, a hidden track that doesn’t  stay hidden for long: it sneaks up on you and keeps you right there in the dark. It’s a proper finish for a true horror score, with a twist. There was one more surprise, a vocal ballad at the end of this cue….”At the devil’s door” was a very enjoyable listen, and it’s worth checking out.

Cue ratings: 70 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 16 / 36

Album excellence: 44%

 

Cues to listen to:

Leigh (Theme From “At The Devil’s Door”)

Sisters

Rocking Horse

Greenville

You’re All Dead

Come To Me

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Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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