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Soundtrack review: Scouts guide to the zombie apocalypse (Matthew Margeson – 2015)

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“Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse” is a 2015 action horror comedy film directed by Christopher B. Landon and starring Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller and Joey Morgan. What could possibly go wrong when three buddies (Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan) decide to join the Boy Scouts? When bloodthirsty, undead ghouls invade their once-peaceful town, it’s up to kindhearted Ben, quick-witted Carter and class clown Augie to save the day. With help from Denise (Sarah Dumont), a beautiful but tough cocktail waitress, the boys must put their scouting skills to the ultimate test to save mankind and earn their zombie-killing badges. The score is composed by Matthew Margeson.

This score is the perfect example of music that works for the story in question. Zombie apocalypse? There’s no need for unnecessary musical embellishments or extra emotional moments. This is all about survival and the music makes me feel that. The pace is relentless; there’s that stabbing sensation in most of the cues and there’s also that impression of something moving slowly and with the same cadence. The horror screeches, those musical inserts that sound like shattered glass being dragged on a stone wall are present as well and they create the trap around me.

I like that the music never takes a break. It’s not supposed to because the score itself should make me feel like I’m in danger; it should make me look over my shoulder and feel tired at the end of every cue. This means the music got me invested, made me work, care, feel and the spectacular action cues that Matthew Margeson wrote just hit the spot. Every now and then I need a score like this to get me going, to rattle me, to make me run, cheer and feel the need to find an extra setting to make the volume go even higher. I can even say that in moments like “Wheels fall off” or “Police station attack” I got the same rush I get when I listen to Brian Tyler’s most spectacular action themes.

If you want a balls to the walls action score that rivals trailer music albums, “”Scouts guide to the zombie apocalypse” will be a delicious treat for you. It throws you right in the path of a speeding musical train and leaves you there to try and escape on your own. The composer did exactly what was needed and never strayed from his explosive path. I will definitely keep this one close for moments when I need motivation or to get my blood flowing and I will also try a few of the more intense moments for my running playlists. I say go and raise your pulse with this one.

Cue rating: 91 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 23 / 38

Album excellence: 61%

Highlights:

A Dead Stripper Just Tried To Eat My Face

Wheels Fall Off

Police Station Attack

Clumsy Augie

Scouts Fall Apart

What Party?

Zombie Butt Gummer

Rave Battle

 

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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