Lucifer's Angels

Composed by: John DelVento

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Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                The horror film Lucifer's Angels follows three individual groups whose fates are intertwined.  A group of four friends go on their first camping trip together in the New York's Catskill Mountains.  A ghost hunter and his fiancée also travel to the Catskills investigating mysterious disappearances in the area.  A father and son are already in the Catskills doing what they must to survive.  And all are linked by heinous acts of four inmates in the Kings Lake Psychiatric Hospital for the Criminally Insane committed in 1978.  How can the horrors of 1978 possibly effect three random groups of people in the Catskill Mountains today?  Are you sure you want to ask that question?

                The musical score of Lucifer's Angels was created by John DelVento, a musician and composer whose foray into music began with the little known brass instrument known as the euphonium.  Learning to play at a young age earned him the opportunity to travel around the world as a performer.  Taking on a double music major in college, DelVento began teaching music as well as composing.  He began writing music for agencies and music libraries leading to commercial placements with The Science Channel, Food Network, Nike, Toyota, Covergirl, Pepsi and Visa.  His music has been used in television series such as Chopped and Nova, documentaries such as Veil of Silence and Fagbug Nation and the full feature film Reaper.

                The music found on the Lucifer's Angels Soundtrack is somewhat orchestral, but contains a great deal of electronic elements that John DelVento is known for.  High pitched piano keys accompany screeching violins, ominous sounds, reverb and a sound like an airplane diving at a fast rate of speed to provide that special creep factor to the score.  The nursery rhyme/song Ring Around the Rosie appears quite a few times in the soundtrack - first, in Track 2 (Lucifer's Angels) as music played on a music box and via ominous humming.  The song also appears performed by piano and strings later in the score.

                The soundtrack of Lucifer's Angels is quite enough to send a chill through you on a dark dreary night, but I'm not so sure I would want to pay hard-earned money to own the album.  It is enough that this music, accompanying a suitably scary visual, would definitely send the shorthairs rising.  A good score for a scary film, but I question its value as a stand alone album.


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