Marrowbone Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Marrowbone by Fernando Velazquez.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 85.1
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 26.1
Album Excellence: 35.2%
Marrowbone AKA El secreto de Marrowbone is a 2017 English-language Spanish horror film directed by Sergio G. Sánchez and starring George MacKay, Anya Taylor-Joy & Charlie Heaton. A young man and his four younger siblings, who have kept secret the death of their beloved mother in order to remain together, are plagued by a sinister presence in the sprawling manor in which they live. The score is composed by Fernando Velazquez.
Velazquez and horror should always spark the interest of horror fans. True, there has been some fails like Shiver, but then there’s Crimson Peak, Mama and Devil to name a few. And of course there’s the most famous one, The Orphanage. This movie looks like a creepy slow burn horror and I can only imagine good things about the score when I think about that. There’s a couple of versions of this score. There’s a Spanish version and there’s an English version released by Quartet Records which has a few bonus cues. That’s the one I’m reviewing. The score opens with a short cue, ‘Our Story’, which is a simple prologue with woodwinds, not very interesting until the final 10 seconds where there’s some progression. The score proper is started with ‘Once You Cross That Line’, and sure enough it’s slow, as I expected it to be. There’s probably a lot of introductions and pre-story telling before we get to the good stuff. This is almost romantic, it’s very pretty.
The first few cues spent on happy days is very crucial to the score and gives a stark and necessary contrast to the horror that follows. See, that contrast hits you with Jaws like sound in ‘Mother’s Death’. The opening is creating a sense of horror and is probably more scary than the cue as a whole, but the tense mood is really getting to me. There’s a part from 2:40 that’s truly terrifying and I like that. Strangely the horror music in this score doesn’t really feel that scary, except for a couple of cues and it’s the more lyrical peaceful music I turn to. I’m a bit surprised at that and also the number of "happy" cues. I was just expecting a little bit of happiness in the beginning of the score, but Velazquez has sprinkled in a few cues in various parts of the score and it actually makes the score a whole lot better. This is far from being Velazquez best, but it’s well worth a listen.
2. Once You Cross That Line
3. A Chance Of Happiness
6. The Library / A Kiss
15. The Ghost
23. What Have You Done?
25. Leave Us Alone!