Film scores

Soundtrack review: The damned (Frederik Wiedmann – 2014)

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You will get your horror fix with it.

“The damned” is a delightful romantic comedy about…no, of course it isn’t. I don’t even need to see it actually to feel everything it has to communicate. The music that Frederik Wiedmann wrote does all that and it might even be scarier than the movie itself. Frederik suggested I listened to this score home alone, at night, in the dark. I took his advice and

I love the way some cues like “Main title” or “Alone” crash at the end. They build up a frightening mood and right at the end they sound like they crumble into thousands of pieces. I adore a horror score that is smart and plays on emotions rather than cheap frights. When I hear a cue like “Under the skin” I literally feel it crawling inside me trying to make its way out. This is a track that makes you want to turn the lights back on fast to check if everything’s still in place. A word of advice, keep the lights on for the next cue as well…”Finding Ana Maria” grabs your throat with a cold claw and squeezes it. “No getting out” seals the deal for the scariest section of the score.

“The damned” is not all about the scares. The music is very intelligent and some cues could work very well for a thriller. “David” and “Trapped” are my favorite from the action cues. But in the end, this one is meant to send chills down your spine and I love the feeling of just sitting through it and seeing how intense it can get before I get the need to feel the safety of the outside world. I’d say “Cut” is that time. You will get your horror fix with it.

Cue rating: 82 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 22 / 46

Album excellence: 47%

Highlights:

The Secret

The Damned Main Title

Alone

Under Your Skin

Finding Ana Maria

No Getting Out

In the Past

Cut

Locked

 

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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