Sunday, May 27, 2012
Average for Not-So-Average
Review by Richard Buxton
Horror as a genre often proves difficult to judge musically due to the intrinsic relationship between the music and the film. Such is the audio-visual relationship in the genre; it seems almost unfair to judge the two separately. However, given that THE CABIN IN THE WOODS has been granted a score release, the intention is clearly for the music to be judged in such a manner.
One of the great surprises of 2012 so far, THE CABIN IN THE WOODS will go some way to restoring audiences’ faith in the originality of the Hollywood machine. The film is one that anyone with a thirst for something different will almost certainly enjoy. Put simply, THE CABIN IN THE WOODS is terrific. The music, on the other hand, is harder to fall in love with when considered alone. Alongside the film, DAVID JULYAN’S score accents the horror competently, without becoming obtrusive. Away from the film, the score becomes a test of endurance, as frequent periods of relative inactivity try the patience of those willing to seek out the highlights of the score. Like the film, JULYAN’S score experiences a noticeable shift part way through, although fails to truly mirror the wonderful twists and turns in all their glory.
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