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Soundtrack review: Baskin (Ulas Pakkan – 2016)

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Soundtrack review: Baskin (Ulas Pakkan – 2016)


“Baskin” is a 2015 Turkish surreal horror film directed by Can Evrenol, based on his 2013 short film by the same name. Five police officers, Remzi, Arda, Yavuz, Apo, and Seyfi, are dining at a restaurant, during which they start discussing sex. Their meal is interrupted when they’re called away to answer a distress call at Inceagac, a town known for being the focus of strange rumors. During the trip Seyfi experiences a terrifying vision of a bloody figure and accidentally drives their van into the water. The officers eventually find themselves in Inceagac, where they’re trapped in an abandoned building, captured by cult members and experience a number of increasingly bizarre and surreal scenarios. They have actually stumbled into hell. The score is written by Ulas Pakkan.

What I identify as the main theme of the score as it appears in full splendor in “Death of the parents” is actually very emotional. Not only that but it has that 80s electronic vibe I love so much and I can’t get enough of it. This theme is mysterious as it is beautiful and with the nostalgia factor and the way it echoes inside me, I am connected with the score from the start. I feel as if I’m listening to the score of a 1980s romantic thriller and that’s one of my favorite musical places to be in.

As the score progresses, what attracts me to it is the atmosphere. The music is alive and unpredictable and the sounds the composer uses are sometimes intriguing. A cue like “Miclal” is very efficient in creating an uncomfortable mood and making me want to get away. These scarier moments are balanced with sweet melodies like “Akif the footboy” which once again has a certain nostalgic vibe in the way it sounds as if it was a photograph treated so it would look 30 years old. I love listening to a cue like this or to the chiming and hypnotic “Coskun”. This is a sound I love dearly and one I get lost in because I feel safe. Ambient music is my safe place and there are quite a few moments like these in “Baskin”.

A score like this cannot go unnoticed because the music is complex and it affects me. I am addicted to the electronic melodic bits while horror pieces like “Hilasnal” scare me. I never know what lurks around the corner in this score as the composer keeps me guessing and varies the weapons with which he tries to conquer me. There are moments which remind me of Radiohead’s psychedelic instrumental pieces and the “Baskin” theme is full blown industrial.

All these bits make for a very entertaining and rewarding puzzle. “Baskin” is a wonderfully weird and even hypnotic score which you will surely remember long after you hear. I haven’t heard such a delightful mix of 80s synth, horror and industrial before.

Cue rating: 88 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 24 / 53

Album excellence: 48%


Anne Ve Babanın Ölümü (Death Of The Parents)-

Mutfakta (At The Kitchen)-

Komi (Akif The Footboy)-




Kaç (Run)-

Mezbaha (Butchery)-

Çağrı (The Call)-

Kapı Açılıyor (The Door Is Opening)-



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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  1. vassilis koutsounakis 22nd August 2016

    There is a specific moment in the movie that we can hear Riz Ortolani’s “Adulteress Punishment” from “CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST” soundtrack…i won’t spoil the moment but it is really very effective…nice loaner from the director and a direct statement to the director’s favorites…

    1. Mihnea Manduteanu 22nd August 2016

      good catch. Haven’t see the movie yet but i will pay attention.

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