Devil's Hand

Composed by: Anton Sanko

Distributed by:
MovieScore Media

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            In the direct-to-video American horror film, Devil's Hand, six Amish women go into labor at the same time, each delivering a girl.  This takes place on June the 6th, sparking fear within the community of the fulfillment of a prophecy in which six girls will be born on the sixth day of the sixth month, one of whom will become the Devil's Hand.  Is the prophecy true?  One young woman seems to think so, killing herself and her daughter before she can see it come into fruition.  The other five girls are kept in ignorance of the prophecy, but as they near their eighteenth birthday, strange events take place that will leave no doubt as to the truth of the prophecy.

The musical score of Devil's Hand was created by New York City born musician, composer, orchestrator and producer Anton Sanko.  Starting out as a musician in Suzanne Vega's band, Sanko began composing music for film in the 1990s.  Since then he has composed musical scores for a number of television and movie projects, such as Rabbit Hole, Big Love, Ring of Fire, The Possession, Ouija and Jessabelle.

Mainly strings and piano with a bit of percussion thrown in, the score created for Devil's Hand is rather short, the soundtrack clocking in at just over thirty minutes in length.  Though much of the score features screechy, scratchy strings, there are some lighter moments containing beauty brought forth by the piano (Just Like Her, By the Lake, Boyfriend's Destiny).  Unfortunately, these are all interrupted at some point by dark music.  Out of the fourteen tracks on the album, Chicken Coop stands out the most, featuring that bit of percussion I mentioned earlier, perhaps signifying a moment of action.

The Devil's Hand Soundtrack probably works well as music supporting the visuals of the film, enhancing the scare factor.  But as a stand alone album, I doubt that anyone is going to want to pay the $10.00 price tag for a lot of screeching strings and ominous undertones.  Some scores just don't make much sense being sold as soundtracks. 


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