At the Devil's Door

Composed By: Ronen Landa

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the supernatural horror film At the Devil's Door, Catalina Sandino Moreno is Leigh, an ambitious young real estate agent approached by a couple who want to sell their home.  According to Chuck (Dan Roebuck) and Royanna (Jan Broberg), they are selling the house due to monetary issues following Chuck's illness and the disappearance of their daughter.  When Leigh finds a young girl (Ashley Rickards) in the house she is preparing to sell, she assumes that it is the missing daughter, only to discover she is horribly wrong.  What she has found in that house will threaten the lives of Leigh and her artist sister Vera (Naya Rivera) for years to come.

                The musical score of At the Devil's Door was created by Ronen Landa, an American composer whose musical training began in the form of a few years of piano lessons and listening to rock and jazz albums.  Teaching himself how to play songs on his guitar, he performed with bands outside Washington, D.C., until moving to New York City at the age of seventeen.  It was here that Ronen Landa began composing music for chamber ensembles and orchestras, eventually expanding his composing horizons to scores for film, including Cavemen, Festival of Lights, Divergence and more.

                The score of At the Devil's Door features the usual horror effects - the blaring horns, synthesized sounds and voices (possibly the guttural utterings of the Devil himself), screeching violins and the like.  But what really brings out the spooky in this film are the haunting piano solos - each note played sounds as if it is echoing - and the female chorus.  These moments send chills up your spine.  I loved that there were some unconventional sounds in there, too, such as the tink, tink, tink of bouncing metal/sticks and the snare brush bounce for a grating effect.  Very nice.

                All in all, At the Devil's Door is a rather disturbing listening experience, bound to put the fear of the Devil in any listener.  It obviously is perfect as a driving force for horror in the film, adding to the visuals quite nicely.  Having seen the trailer for the film in all its creepiness, I can honestly say that I believe Ronen Landa has done an excellent job with this movie score.


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