Composed by: Jeff Grace

Distributed by: MovieScore Media

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


               Based on a graphic novel by J. T. Petty, Hellbenders is a horror film about the Brooklyn-based Augustine Interfaith Order of Hellbound Saints, a team of unorthodox, blasphemous ministers who commit sins in an effort to lure out the worst demons.  By taking these demons into themselves and exorcising them, they can send the worst of the world's monsters back to Hell where they belong.  Things are going smashingly, until they meet up with Surtr, a demon who is behind schedule on his New York invasion and intends to make up for lost time.

                The musical score of Hellbenders was created by American composer and Rutgers University alumni Jeff Grace.  Beginning his foray into film and television scoring in 1998, Grace worked as a composer and producer for Ruggieri Music in New York.  As an assistant to award-winning composer Howard Shore, Grace worked on compositions of musical scores for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Panic Room and more.  Since then, he has composed music for concert and stage and created musical scores for films like The Last Winter, The House of the Devil, The Roost, The Innkeepers and more.

                The Hellbenders score is a mix of orchestral and contemporary sound.  Dark horns are met with loud bursts of percussion, electric guitar riffs, strange noises  and more.  There is even a sound of metal on metal that reminded me of what it sounds like to be working at an iron forge - perhaps someone is building links for the chain they will wear when finally bound to Hell?  The score is dark, loud and angry.  This is not your average horror soundtrack - this is an "I'm sending you back to He,,l so how do you like that!" score, pulling no punches in the action/horror stylings.

                The Hellbenders Soundtrack was quite an interesting listen.  For a horror score, it's not all that scary.  As music for the background of a sort of tongue-in-cheek action horror flick, it probably fits nicely, but I can't see it selling out of music stores as a stand alone album.  This is definitely a soundtrack best suited for fans of the film.


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