The Last Exorcism: Part II

Composed By: Michael Wandmacher

Distributed by: Screamworks Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In The Last Exorcism: Part II, the sequel to the 2010 supernatural/horror film, Ashley Bell reprises her role as Nell Sweetzer.  A woman formerly possessed by demons, Nell tries to begin a new life as a chambermaid in a hotel, but it isn't long before the evil returns to her life, putting all those around her in peril.

                The musical score of The Last Exorcism: Part II was created by American composer Michael Wandmacher.  Known for blending symphonic music with the cutting edge sounds of electronica, hip-hop and rock, Wandmacher has composed musical scores for a number of media genre, including the television movie Ben 10: Alien Swarm, the video game Singularity and movies like Train, Driving Angry and The Legend of the Drunken Master.  Wandmacher is also no stranger to the horror genre having composed scores for Piranha 3D, Cry Wolf and My Bloody Valentine.

                My first reaction to receiving this soundtrack was, "A sequel?  Doesn't the title imply that the last movie was the LAST exorcism?  How could they make a part 2?"  I admit, that did taint my desire to listen to this soundtrack and yet, it did have some redeeming qualities.  I liked the moments in the score featuring haunting piano and orchestral music, but they were interspersed few and far between the sound effects of screeching violins, crashing noises and more. 

                This took something away from the listening experience for me and it's something that I notice horror film score composers doing more and more - creating sound effects for the film rather than music.  While this stuff is great for use during a movie to enhance the fear factor, it's just not worth making an album out of.  I don't know about you, but I don't buy movie soundtracks for the sound effects.  I buy them for the music.  

                My recommendation to you: download the mp3 tracks of The Last Exorcism: Part II containing mostly music.  There are some really enjoyable music moments that express Wandmacher's flare for dramatic score, but to purchase the entire one-hour long album for $9.00US when less than half of it contains actual music would be a serious waste of your hard-earned money.


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