The Brotherhood (La Hermandad)
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In the Spanish thriller, The Brotherhood (La Hermandad), successful horror author Sara (Lydia Bosch) survives an accident outside of a Benedictine monastery in northern Italy. Recovering at the monastery, Sara discovers that this place is less of a sanctuary and more of a horror show, with strange stains on the ceiling, an infant crying through the night, an old photograph...but it's the book she finds dealing with the Brotherhood and their strange customs that really sends chills up her spine.
The musical score of The Brotherhood was created by Spanish composer Arnau Bataller. Nominated Breakout Composer of the Year by the International Film Music Critics Association in 2010 and a recipient of the IFMCA award for Best Original Score in TV, Battaller has created musical scores for both television and film. His résumé includes the scores of The Red Band Society, [REC] 4: Apocalypse and The Valdemar Legacy.
Set in a monastery, it is only fitting that the musical score of The Brotherhood would have a sound reminiscent of a church, featuring a choir with a female soloist. Mainly strings and piano with some electronic elements thrown in, the Main Titles choral theme can be found throughout the soundtrack whether in vocal or string format. Dark moments are plentiful in this score and the choral notes can sometimes send chills up the spine.
With his composition for The Brotherhood, Arnau Bataller has created a musical score perfect for the setting of the film. I imagine that the dark undertones of the score combined with the religious undertones of the choir combine well with the visuals, enhancing the viewing experience greatly. Thus far, I like what I've heard. I hope to hear more from this composer.