Villmark 2 Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Villmark 2 by Trond Bjerknes & Roy Westad.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 85
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 9.1
Album Excellence: 22.3%
Villmark 2 is a 2015 Norwegian horror film directed by Pål Øie and starring Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Baard Owe. It is the sequel to the 2003 horror film Villmark. An old sanatorium is deteriorating in an isolated forest in the mountains. The elderly janitor is still living there to ensure that no one access the dangerous building. Five contract workers have taken on the task of tracking the huge building for hazardous waste before it’s demolished. Over 300 rooms and kilometres of pipelines have to be screened in three days. They realize that the job is more than a search for asbestos and mercury when they encounter the building’s frightening past. Water is gushing from the old pipes, and brings the work to a halt. An attempt to close the water intake leads them to the dark cellar, where they discover the horrible secrets from the sanatoriums past. You can demolish a building, but never remove the past. The score is composed by Trond Bjerknes & Roy Westad.
I enjoy Norwegian horror films, although I rarely get to see them. I saw the original Villmark in 2003, and I’ll definitely watch this one when it becomes available to buy. Trond Bjerknes is one of the biggest names in film composers of Norway. He did Max Manus, Headhunters and Operation Arctic to name a few. Roy Wested is a little bit less known, having only done a few documentaries and shorts before this one. The score opens with ‘Old Photos’ by Roy Westad, a dark thriller cue designed to set the mood. Ambience and piano are the key elements here. It is nice. I specially loved the dark breathing background sound in the second half. ‘Elevator Shaft’ also by Westad is at another level though. I’m talking scary goosebumps level. This one affected me. It’s gritty, dark and massive sounding. Wow, this was amazing. This cue frightened me more than once. Love that.
Bjerknes first cue is called ‘Dead Water’ and is very similar to Westad’s music in that it’s mood based, dark and gritty. This one works better in context than it does on album. The two composers collaborate well together, and they are credited on the same cue on a number of occasions. First up is ‘Someone Lives Here’ which is a relatively quiet ambient creepy cue until around 2:45 where there’s a fast and fun action sequence. Scores like this can only be enjoyed if you love the moods and the textures, and specially if you open up and allow yourself to be scared. I try to do that with every horror score as I feel it’s necessary in most cases. Really live it, experience it. In context of course it sounds a lot better, which is the whole point of the horror score. This one had a couple of awesome moments in the beginning courtesy of Westad, but after that, only occasionally did it bring me to that level. Still, it’s an enjoyable score and I was on edge the whole time.
2. Elevator Shaft *
3. Floor Plans
14. Chase Pt. 2