Soundtrack Review: The Pact (2012)

Soundtrack Review: The Pact (2012)

The Pact Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Pact by Ronen Landa.

“It’s really something special we have here and if the film is just as scary as the score, then I’m not sure my heart could take it.”

The Pact is based on the short horror film The Pact by writer and director Nicholas McCarthy. As a woman struggles to come to grips with her past in the wake of her mother’s death, an unsettling presence emerges in her childhood home. It stars Caity Lotz, Caspe Van Dien and Agnes Bruckner. The score is composed by Ronen Landa and it’s being released on the Screamworks Records label.

Track List

1. Iris 60
2. Annie Barlow 80
3. Her Little Dreams (Theme From “the Pact”) 80
4. Shadows 100
5. Head Games 100
6. Shattered Glass 80
7. Apparitions 100
8. Pendants 100
9. Through the Lens 80
10. A Third Room 80
11. Bloodshots 100
12. Letting Go 100
13. Her Little Dreams (Theme From the Pact) (Reprise) 80
14. The Judas Song (Bonus Track) 100

Ronen Landa has been composing for film and TV since 2002 and he is most known for the international drama “Festival Of Lights”, the landmark Iraqi-made documentary “The Dreams of Sparrows” and the uplifting environmental documentary “Burning In The Sun”. He also scored the short horror film “The Pact” upon which this film is based on so I suppose it’s just right that he get a chance to score the full film.

I haven’t heard his music before, but The Pact has a definite impact on me. The score itself is a truly wonderful and creepy affair. The score features Anna Bulbrook on violin and Dan Tepfer on piano and it works wonders for the score. The first three cues are just starters, including ‘Her Little Dreams (Theme from “The Pact”)’, which is a nice theme by the way.

The real scares starts with ‘Shadows’ and continues with the terrifying ‘Head Games’. I love it when a horror score can really scare me so much that I can physically feel the goosebumps as I did when I listened to this score. ‘Apparitions’ at over 9 minutes is of course the centerpiece of this score. The first three minutes is crammed with atmospherics and the build-up is terrific and then the goose bump moments starts. It’s not easy to create cues like this, even though it has some characteristics which some might describe as a typical horror score. Everything has to be put together just right and Landa does a terrific job with that.

I have to say how much I enjoy the terrific work by Anna Bulbrook and Dan Tepfer who adds a dramatic sense of creepiness and terror to this score with their haunting violin and piano.

Conclusion

If you like scary horror scores, then I can highly recommend The Pact. It’s really something special we have here and if the film is just as scary as the score, then I’m not sure my heart could take it. This has been a superb introduction to Ronen Landa for me and I can only imagine where he will go from here, but I know that I can’t wait to hear more of his music in the future.

GEEK SCORE: 88.5

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