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Soundtrack review: [Rec]4 (Arnau Battaler – 2014)

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Arnau Bataller has found the right balance between action and scary and dosed each of them just right.

 

[REC]4 is the final chapter in the very popular Spanish horror franchise. I’m not familiar with the music of the previous three movies, but I enjoyed watching the first one. I was not familiar with composer Arnau Bataller.

This score means business. There’s no prelude, no easing into it, it just starts with a spectacular “Countdown” and continues with relentless suspense and action. The orchestral work is mixed with some electronic effect that the composer himself created. The music alternates between electronic, suspenseful and even atmospheric at times. Every cue has something exciting in it; I haven’t found a single one which was boring or uninteresting.

My favorite has to be “It’s a parasite”: it builds up brilliantly and it must be a big reveal cue. It’s exciting and gripping and I wouldn’t want to be part of whatever is going on. Is the one cue that both excites me and scares me and I went from giving it 3 stars to 4 and ended up with 5 and playing it again. “Escaping” crowns this score and makes me nod my head with satisfaction at the thrills it provides. These two cues are simply epic and I didn’t expect to find epic in this score.

Arnau Bataller has found the right balance between action and scary and dosed each of them just right. “Rec 4” is not the scariest score of the year, not even close, but I don’t think that’s what it wanted to be. It provides more fireworks than I expected and I’ve marked down a few cues to try on my running playlists. This has been a very satisfactory listen, and I’ll keep my ears open for what this composer comes with next.

Cue rating: 71 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 15 / 42

Album excellence: 35%

 

Highlights:

First Attack

The Infection: Part 1

It’s A Parasite

Escaping

 

 

About the author

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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