Green Room Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Green Room by Brooke Blair & Will Blair.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 89.2
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 8.9
Album Excellence: 28.7%
Green Room is a 2015 American horror film score directed by Jeremy Saulnier starring Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots & Alia Shawkat. A band straying into a secluded part of the Pacific Northwest stumbles onto a horrific act of violence. Because they are the only witnesses, they become the targets of a terrifying gang of skinheads who want to make sure all the evidence is eliminated. The score is composed by Brooke Blair & Will Blair.
Starting with a sad note, I read that this was the final film starring Anton Yelchin to be released before his death on June 19, 2016. On a happier note, this film looks good and hopefully the score sounds as good as it looks. Love the green colours on the cover. The score opens with ‘Weapons Ready’ and that doesn’t sound like a forewarning at all. The music is intriguing though, very strong bass and a very enjoyable percussion a little bit too hidden in the underscore. I like the presence of it though. Not exactly scary horror, but damn this is tense and exciting. The score isn’t too long, around 31 minutes, but the album itself is 60 minutes long and features a lot of death metal. Maybe that should say a thing or two about the film. It doesn’t say much about the score so far though. ‘Oregon Coast’ is a beautiful thought provoking minimalistic piece while ‘Balefire’ is a stronger minimalistic cue, but the mood here is so far not fright, but rather mindfulness.
The score does take a little turn though after the three opening cues, but maybe not so much. ‘Red Laces’ is also a minimalistic cue, but it’s by far the most “horror” one of them all if you can call it that. What I’m trying to say is that it’s a lot darker. I’m not sure I feel the horror though, but I sure feel tense. I can see this being used in various horror scenarios, but if I just listen to the music, horror is probably not what I think about most of the time, maybe a sort of thriller. I wonder if the score is sequenced in order of the film because a cue like ‘Mosh Pit’ is confusing me. A mosh pit is part of a performance, but could also be part of a horror performance yet the music is similar to ‘Oregon Coast’, the calm parts. What this is though is a surprisingly different horror score and a fun one at that. I would say it’s a beautiful horror score if that’s even a thing. Anyway, I dig it.
1. Weapons Ready
4. Oregon Coast
13. Mosh Pit
14. Mopping up
20. Fresh Air