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Soundtrack review: Woman in black 2 – Angel of death (Marco Beltrami – 2014)

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Since he was on such a roll in 2014, Marco Beltrami squeezed in another score before the end of the year: the sequel to “Woman in black”. It’s Betrami going back to his horror roots so I am expecting something good here. The story is about a group of children who have to move in a haunted countryside house in England.

And here we go, starting with a creepy children choir chanting a curse threatening the recipient with death. “Eve’s theme” is the kind of thick, intense and melodic cue that I instantly love. I adore melodic horror themes and this one is right up my alley. The next track “Escaping the blitz” has all the power and poignancy of some end credits. I feel like the score has taken off with these two cues and me along with it. I want to hear the rest of the story. It seems to me Eve is the most interesting character because her themes are the most compelling and emotional. “Eve remembers” makes me want to enter whatever room she is into and talk to her.

Still “Woman in black 2” loses me halfway through. The atmosphere is still there, tense and thick, but the scares are lacking. I am playing this at full volume but I know I can escape if I wanted to. It doesn’t grip me or surround me like a great horror score should. As I am writing this I hear the flashes of brilliance in “Locked in the nursery”. Then “Under the causeway” catches me with my guard down and I am getting worried. It’s close to the end of the score though so I escape with a beautiful melody like “Where’s my smile”.

While not among the best horror scores I’ve heard this year, “Woman in black 2” is a pretty solid listen and I am glad I got to hear it.

Cue rating: 81 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 16 / 39

Album excellence: 41%

Highlights:

Eves Theme

Escaping The Blitz

Eve Remembers

Meeting Jacob

Locked In The Nursery

Under The Causeway

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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