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By James Whittington, Friday 18th October 2019 Ghostland - Music from the Motion Picture Georges Boukoff, Anthony d'Amario and Ed Rig The Omega Productions Records
Pascal Laugier's Ghostland (known in the UK as Incident in a Ghostland) was one of the highlights of FrightFest 2018 and proved once and for all that this director was a master of the sinister and murky.
Produced ten years after Martyrs, the movie was more considered in its tension building and was in its strange way a contained a classic fairy tale structure.
The movie concerns the aftermath of a brutal home invasion experienced by Beth along with mother and sister Vera. Forward a few years and Beth is now a horror novelist and has found solace in her writing detailing the harrowing ordeal in her latest book, Incident in a Ghostland. But when she receives a call from her sister Vera, apparently in a state of extreme distress, Beth is prompted to return to the isolated family home where the terrifying truth of that awful night soon begins to unravel...
Composed by three very different musicians; Georges Boukoff, Anthony d'Amario and Ed Rig the score to this solid piece of cinema is an excursion into deadly happenings with brutal undertones that mix perfectly with lush, delicate strings. A perfect example of this combination of composers is heard in the first two tracks, A Story and Primitive Origins Suite. The first is a gentle piece that leads you into a comfortable place whilst the latter is bombastic, bold and at times brutal in delivery.
The whole score is filled with these emotional, musical juxtapositions such as Bossa for Lila which is a piano lead piece of pure cocktail lounge is followed by one of the angriest pieces on the CD, the aptly titled Schyzophrenia Fight whilst Re-Awakening Part 1 is the musical equivalent of waking with a hangover that just keeps banging away at the back of your head. It immediately swaps back for Waltz for Alma which takes the listener straight back to fantasy land.
Beyond Woods Reprise is the strongest piece and a fine example of how you create a memorable score. A combination of deep orchestral movements and brass stabs it has an electronic infusion to create and uneasy soundstage. Requiem of Love is disturbing in its beauty, a lush, floating piece with a delicate, haunting piano that pierces through a mist of sadness. The album ends with Incident in a Ghostland, which adds a choral section and beating drum to help bring to an end a film that's uncomfortable at times to watch but thoroughly satisfying.
This is a very strong score for a very strong movie and proves, like the film that sometimes more is better. Released by The Omega Productions Records this is one that should form part of everyone's collection.
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