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Soundtrack review: Revenge (Rob – 2018)

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Soundtrack review: Revenge (Rob – 2018)

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“Revenge” is a 2017 French rape and revenge horror film directed and written by Coralie Fargeat. Starring Matilda Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe and Guillaume Bouchède.
Jen is an American socialite, who travels with her married french millionaire lover Richard for a weekend of passion. However, things go awry when Richard’s hunting buddies Stan and Dimitri arrive early, with Jen being the recipient of unwanted advances and eventual assault by Stan. To keep her from talking, Richard ends up pushing Jen off the cliff. Rob wrote the score.

I usually listen to Rob’s compositions because I love electronic music and there are never enough electronic scores, for me at least. This one opens with the title track and yes, it’s a loud and dense piece that borders on EDM; it doesn’t take more than a few minutes for me to get sucked into this hypnotic and addictive sound. I have a strange relationship with this particular genre of electronic music, club like, flickering light and seizure inducing but fortunately now it’s one of the times when I am enjoying it. It’s the kind of music that works both on a film score and outside of it with no relation. Rob’s composition is at that border and this means it can be enjoyed without seeing the movie or without knowing anything about the movie.

Did I mention how much I love electronic music? And it’s musicians like Rob that feed that love with their albums and when the mood gets ambient, reflective and extremely nostalgic with a bit or arcade game sound vibe and such, as it happens in “Revenge”, I just let myself get lost in it. With all this I try to keep sight of the story and of the fact that this is actually a film score so I notice the pulsating, suffocating tension of the “Rape” series of cues. Rob makes his music piercing, uncomfortable, prone to make the listener want to scream and make it stop.

There are moments in “Revenge” when nostalgia gets to the highest point as the synth music goes back to the dark, sci-fi 80s. I remember a couple of years ago one of my favourite scores was “Turbo kid” by Le Matos and I discover here, at times, the same sound. Rob knows how to make his music flourish and open new avenue of imagination. He is a wizard with the synths and the tech and I have the strange sensation of wanting to see and hear him perform live.

“Revenge” is a score for lovers of dark, retro electronic music and I fit right into the target audience.

Cue rating: 92 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 30 / 55

Album excellence: 54%

Highlights:
Revenge
Peyotl
Apple Bikini
Rape Part 3
Tree of Death
In the Eye
Cave
Eagle Hero
Venom
Naked Man
Casbah Part 2
Revenge Slowpads

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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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