Title: The Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death
Composer: Marco Beltrami/Brandon Roberts/Marcus Trumpp
The Film: 2012's The Woman In Black was a popular moneyspinner for a reborn Hammer, so it's not a surprise to see a sequel pop up. TWIB2: AOD may or may not have Harry Potter in it.
The Score: Are you sitting comfortably? No? Good. Marco Beltrami returns along with two new companions to pull together a satisfyingly atmospheric and creepy score. The album is actually surprisingly melancholy at times, tinges of tragedy and emotion provided by the string sections. But this is a score for a horror film, and there are the requisite high-pitched violin squeals and underlying cellos, building to powerful climaxes. Ahem.
Distinguishing Features: The beautiful cello in 'First Night', the creepy child's chant in 'Jennet Humfrye Lost Her Baby'. The dark beauty of 'Harry's Past'. The sadness contained within the score makes for an interesting listen, and a break from the usual horror music tropes. And it ends beautifully.
Final Thoughts: I'll be honest, I can't imagine listening to Angel of Death again, save from maybe the final cues. Even fans of horror music will probably find it wanting, especially in the face of far greater recent horror fare such as Evil Dead.
The Woman In Black 2: Angel of Death is out now from Varese Sarabande