Musical Score By: Frederik Wiedmann
Distributed by: La-La Land Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
When a young woman is brutally murdered in front of a mirror, the people responsible for her death never would have imagined that they would become the victims of the revenge. They especially would have been concerned to learn that the revenge would be taken by the dead. Unfortunately, as Max Matheson (Nick Stahl) is about to learn, working as a nighttime security guard in the store that the mirror of the undead calls home is rather disconcerting, especially when it seems that the woman he keeps seeing in the mirror is trying to tell him something.
Mirrors 2 is a direct to video film touted as a sequel to Mirrors. In reality, it’s really a stand alone film built upon the same premise as the original. That being said, it makes sense that the creators of this film would decide to go with a different composer to create the Mirrors 2 Soundtrack. This time around, the soundtrack would be composed by Frederik Wiedmann.
In 2004, Frederik Wiedmann began his film scoring career, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Film Scoring from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. That same year, he earned the BMI Film Scoring Award. He began working with composer John Frizzell as an orchestrator, score mixer, arranger, programmer, co-producer and co-composer. Although he continues to work with Frizzell on the musical scores of films like Legion and Whiteout, Wiedmann has made a name for himself with his musical scores for The Hills Run Red and Return to the House on Haunted Hill.
Looking at Wiedmann’s résumé, it is obvious that he has had some experience in creating musical score for the horror genre, but can he create a killer soundtrack for this film? Absolutely! Most composers of horror film musical scores employ a few tricks to get a scare out of the viewers. Strings performed in rising crescendo and pitch are one of those tricks found on the Mirrors 2 Soundtrack. Disjointed sounds and reverb are another trick employed here as are creepy choral backgrounds. However, Wiedmann goes the extra mile on this soundtrack using a few tricks of his own to add to the scare.
In keeping with the style of horror film this is, Wiedmann employs a very specific sound in this album that will scare the devil out of you. It’s a sort of metal on metal sound very reminiscent of the sound a meat cleaver might make when being sharpened. Another way of describing this particular creepy sound would be to picture the sound that a guillotine makes when it beheads someone. Yeah, that’s fairly creepy and you can find it starting on the third track, Slice. This sound appears quite often throughout the soundtrack. Another creative and spooky sound that I give Wiedmann kudos for is the tinkling of glass found in a couple of tracks, but never so noticeable as in Broken Glass for Dinner.
I’ve already said that Wiedmann employs strings used in rising crescendos and pitch, creating a sort of screeching sound, but he also uses some adrenaline pumping percussion and some ominous tones. Another trick - some of the tracks end quite abruptly. You just know that something really nasty happened at the end of that scene!
The rest of the soundtrack features some rather solemn music, reflecting the feelings of the various characters in the film and their emotional issues. Max’s Theme is particularly sad as the character has just recovered from the loss of his fiancée in a traumatic accident he blames himself for.
When movies come straight to video, you sometimes wonder to yourself, “How good could this be?” Well if Frederik Wiedmann’s musical score for Mirrors 2 is any indication, this film would be a bloody…and I do mean bloody…awesome Halloween fright fest of a film. If you’re not into this type of film, but enjoy scary soundtracks, the Mirrors 2 Soundtrack is definitely for you…especially if you like listening to horror film music in the dark…heh, heh, heh!