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Soundtrack review: Evil dead (Roque Banos – 2013)

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“Evil Dead” is a 2013 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Fede Alvarez. It is the fourth installment of the Evil Dead franchise, serving as a reboot and as well as a loose continuation of the series; the first neither to be directed by Sam Raimi, have Bruce Campbell as the main star, nor to be scored by the original trilogy’s composer, Joseph LoDuca. Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods. The evil presence possesses them until only one is left to fight for survival. Roque Banos wrote the score.

Banos is no stranger to horror so he was an obvious choice for this one. Still as I start this score I am a little worried because his brand of horror is way more serious and terrifying than I would want in an Evil Dead movie. I haven’t seen this one though so I can’t comment; maybe with a different crew the movie has a different tone as well. The opening theme “I’ll rip your soul out” has moments when it begs me to raise the volume so I can experience all the frights. Other times it stays quiet and menacing and just growls at me.

One of the things I love the most in a horror score is the insertion of quiet emotional themes. The soft piano of “Sad memories” checks that box for me and provides a surprising proof on sensibility from the composer. He gets back to his usual tricks soon though and “Demon possession” finally gets loud and scary enough to make me jump out of my seat. I’m already draped in this sound and I can’t escape.

There are few horror cues that raise the hairs on my skin as “Three ways of saving her soul” does. Everything works in this cue from the first note up to the last and it’s the kind of piece that doesn’t need me alone in a dark room to make its point; it could scare me in the middle of the day in a crowded park. And when you add to a score like this a meaningful and thick cue like “I’ll do what I got to do” you already got more than you bargained for.

The music of the “Evil dead” franchise never disappoints. Once again we get a fantastic score; it’s true, the one Roque Banos wrote is more serious and scarier than what Joseph Lo Duca wrote but it’s just as memorable. Do not miss this one. It scared the daylights out of me.

Cue rating: 96 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 32 / 41

Album excellence: 80%

Highlights:

Sad Memories
: Finding the Book
 Demon Possession
Three Ways of Saving Her Soul
: I’ll Do What I Gotta Do
Come Back to Me
Abominations Rising
The Pendant / Evil Tango

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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