Underworld Blood Wars Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Underworld Blood Wars by Michael Wandmacher.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 83.6
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 17.8
Album Excellence: 31.3%
Underworld Blood Wars is a 2016 American horror film directed by Anna Foerster and starring Kate Beckinsale, Theo James & Tobias Menzies. It is the fifth installment in the Underworld franchise and the sequel to Underworld: Awakening. Death dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) must fend off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the vampire faction that betrayed her. Joining forces with allies David (Theo James) and Thomas (Peter Andersson), she embarks on a quest to end the eternal war between the two races, even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice. The score is composed by Michael Wandmacher.
I’m a bit surprised the Underworld series has survived so long, but turns out it has to be a very popular franchise. Beckinsale is back and I think that’s what’s needed to give the franchise another push. There has been a couple of composers in this franchise. Paul Haslinger did three of them, and Marco Beltrami did number two in the series. Wandmacher is the one doing the fifth film and I think his style should suit this series quite well. I can’t say the scores have been etched in my mind in any positive or negative way. I do remember the grinding stones effect in the first Underworld scores. They have evolved after that and Wandmacher is taking it into a hopefully new and fresh direction. The opening cue ‘What Came Before’ is heavy, one might even say epic with percussion and horns. IT has the sound of empires and conquest. I quite like it. ‘Selene Is Found’ continues with action, but maybe less heavy. It’s enjoyable, frantic, fun and quite light.
I have to say it sounds almost exactly what I thought it would sound like and that’s a good thing. It’s perhaps even exceeding my expectations. It doesn’t sound too generic to me, which is always a plus. It remind me of something though, I just can’t remember what. Wandmacher’s music is fluid inside it’s own rules. The music grows on me and I continue to find new nuances to the music. Some might find it noisy, but I think that if you listen to it, you’ll find that it has more depth than you realize. It’s not a masterpiece, but it’s a fun and entertaining horror action score that’s worth your time. I can’t remember an Underworld score that has been this fun, but it’s been a while since I’ve heard them. I plan to review the whole franchise soon so then we’ll see, but meanwhile this is something fans and non-fans of the Underworld series can enjoy.
1. What Came Before
2. Selene Is Found
8. David Rescues Selene
10. The Nordic Coven