Musical Score By: Anton Sanko

Distributed by: La-La Land Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the supernatural horror film Jessabelle, Sarah Snook is Jessabelle Laurent, a woman who has just survived a car crash in which her fiancÚ (Brian Hallisay) and unborn child are both killed.  Confined to a wheelchair, Jessabelle moves in with her estranged father (David Andrews), forced to stay in the room where her mother (Joelle Carter) died of a brain tumor.  Jessabelle feels a strange presence in her childhood home, something confirmed by video tapes left for her by her mother.  But is that presence out to harm her, or is it about to reveal a horrifying truth about Jessabelle and her family?

                The musical score of Jessabelle was created by composer, orchestrator and producer Anton Sanko.  Having produced for such notable artists as Suzanne Vega, Jim Carroll and Skeleton Key, Anton Sanko has also made a name for himself in the movie industry, composing music for television and film for over two decades.  Some of Sanko's credits include Rabbit Hole, Big Love, Ring of Fire, The Possession, Ouija and The Devil's Hand.

                The musical score of Jessabelle is mainly what anyone would expect from a horror film.  Pianos and strings unite in a morose score riddled with scary horror cues like screeching violins, haunting female vocals, disjointed sounds, electronic outbursts and more.  There is an underlying chanting session that appears in certain tracks offering the impression that something on the voodoo plane is going on here.  As the film is set in Louisiana, this is highly possible and may explain the source of Jessabelle's ill feelings in her childhood home.

                The Jessabelle Soundtrack is not exactly offering anything new on the horror front, but that's not to say that the score isn't perfectly suited for the visuals of the film.  The fact that it contains an actual score, as opposed to the scary horror cue soundfest that has been known to accompany horror films these days, makes it a decent stand alone album and well-worth the listen.


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