“Evil Dead (2013) ”
Music By Roque Banos
La-La Land Records LLLCD1255
17 Tracks/Disc Time: 71:25
In the late 70’s, Writer/Director Sam Raimi started on an odyssey to film what would become one of the 80’s most notorious (at the time) and special achievements considering the grueling and ardious filming schedule in which many people left the production never to return when the money came in for the film to be completed as intended. The only member of the cast that stuck it out to the bitter end was the great character actor Bruce Campbell who played Ash, the hero of the “Evil Dead” story. Of course, when the film premiered in 1982 at the New York Festival, author Stephen King gave the film the highest phrase and championed the film as a “horror masterpiece”. The story revolves around a group of college students who go into an isolated cabin in the MIchigan woods who discover a mysterious “Book of the Dead” along with a tape that has the transcriptions of what the book contains. The rest of the night just becomes a house of horrors with lots of dismemberments, blood and guts. Just imagine seeing this around three in the morning like I did in grade school. Well, this newly updated remake of the classic horror film features a young cast that includes Shiloh Fernandez, Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas and Lou Taylor Pucci with Director Fede Alvarez taking over Sam Raimi’s duties as the director as well as updating the script with the uncredited Oscar Winner Diablo Cody (“Juno”) lending a great assist on this version.
The film features something of a rarity in that it features a lot of practical make up and special effects along with the more than normal amount of blood bags. While the original film and trilogy (1983, 1987 and 1993) featured the work of Raimi’s friend and musical partner in crime, Joseph LoDuca. With this being a completely new and original remake, a new fresh sound was needed that not only captured the essence of the new version, but make it more spine tingling terror. Now enter the world of Composer Roque Banos, who made a sensational U.S debut with the brilliant film with the hit film “Sexy Beast” and scored huge accolades for his Bernard Herrmann inspired score for another hit indie film, “The Machinist” featuring a great performance by Oscar winner Christian Bale. Since then, Banos has primarily been working in Europe and his native Spain, but most recently created a tense horror score for the Clive Owen thriller “Intruders” which made its’ debut last year in the U.S. The score for this film, is essentially a make up of his very solid work for these previous films with a huge orchestra and choir starting with the album’s opening track “I’ll Rip Your Soul Out” which is a grandiose start complete with a demonic chanting chorus.
Banos features a rather elegaic tone for “Sad Memories” which is the closest thing to some moments of quiet as the rest of the score is unleashed with terror, sustained terror and total, complete aggression. Beginning with “Demon Possession (Extended)” Banos’ pulls out all the horror stops with distorted horns and shreking string work complete with choir leading up to the suspense/terror build up of “Get Me Out Of Here”, which continues the mood. “Three Ways Of Saving Her Soul” is a solid track that is really a terror build up that compliments each of the tracks I’ve listed and really fulfill and punctuate the terror aspect of Banos’ orchestrations in a religious tone which was probably inspired by works like “The Exorcist” for example. ” Natalie Hunting” is an Elliot Goldenthal inspired track with loud brass horns and rumbling percussion complete with a police siren which is very effective. “Abominations Rising” is one of two lengthy tracks (“I’ll Do What I Gotta Do (Extended)) being the other that Banos completely lets loose and unleashes the horror and fury and easily using the aspects that made “Natalie Hunting” such an effective track. “The Pendant/Evil Tango” is an “Omen” inspired track with a rather demonic sounding choir singing in Latin mixed with a twisted Astor Piazzola type tango which surprisingly is really inspired and works. “The Evil Dead Main Theme” ends the album with simplistic piano laden track that is both sinister and beautiful at the same time.
This very lengthy album pretty much features virtually the entire score that Banos wrote for the 90 minute film and for the most part, it is an effective and efficent score for what it is intended to do: Scare the heck out of you. Banos really does ultize his full complimentary orchestra complete with a chorus to exceptional use and his works is very lively and inspired. Problem is that the score will probably wear most out during its’ 70 minute run. The music is very solid but it’s probably best to take a break somewhere around the thirty-five minute mark to give yourself a musical rest before the on slaught of suspense and terror really does set in. “Evil Dead” is another solid work by Roque Banos, who really does need to work here the U.S. because his music is very solid and inspired which is somewhat lacking in most scores nowadays. A marginal thumbs up however and definitely due to length.