October 27

31 Days 31 Scores

October 27th


“For centuries I’ve stood back and watched the havoc my sons have wrought on each other, and on humanity – not the legacy I prayed for the morning I watched them enter this world… And it’s been a tiresome duty – keeping the war contained, cleaning up the mess, hiding my family’s unfortunate history.”

Welcome Back to “31 Days 31 Scores”.   Werewolves and Vampires have always been a part of Halloween and this time we combine them both in the 2006 score to Underworld: Evolution by Marco Beltrami.  This is not the first time Beltrami has written scores for these creatures with scores to Dracula 2000, Blade II, Dracula II: Ascension and Cursed, it makes sense that he would be brought on board to score this film.  Beltrami creates a wonderful vibe here for the score with cues like “The Crawl” and “Ol’ Timey Music”.  Strings and strong brass move the cues along nicely.  “Previously…” has low strings and great percussion throughout the entire track.  “Safehouse 2 Crypt” has a wonderful heavy brass line about half way through the cue it uses it to great effect.” The score has a very classic feel to it with very little noticeable synth and would fit in a classic horror film quite well.  Beltrami plays the action cues just as well. “Mikey Doesn’t Like It” is a perfect example of this change of tone immediately going back to a classic sound with “Cue De Cilantro”.  Beltrami’s use of strings throughout gives the right vibe for this score. “Kill Will 2” has a very great vibe with strings and low brass.   As always Beltrami creates a wonderful score to an OK sequel.  Beltrami’s score elevates this film and gives it a classic feel while still having a modern feel as well. The score ends with the cue “The Future” a more optimistic sounding cue with a touch of sadness accented by mournful strings.  The soundtrack rounds out with two songs.   While more of an action score than an actually horror score Underworld: Evolution is definitely worth the listen.  It was released on the Lakeshore Records Label.

Join me tomorrow for more 31 Days 31 scores where “He’s come from the past to destroy the future.”