The Other Side of the Door

Musical Score By: Joseph Bishara

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the supernatural horror film, The Other Side of the Door, Sarah Wayne Callies is Maria Harwood, a woman who has recently lost her son Oliver (Logan Creran) in a car accident in India.  Upon learning of an ancient ritual that can bring Oliver back long enough for Maria to say a final goodbye, she travels to an ancient temple to find closure.  But the ritual comes with a warning – she can speak with her son, but she must never open the door to the temple for him, for opening that door will upset the balance between life and death.  You just know she’s going to open that door, right?

                The musical score of The Other Side of the Door was created by American composer Joseph Bishara, who began his musical career as a guitarist and keyboardist for the Los Angeles industrial metal band known as Drown.  This led to work on the soundtracks of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Heavy Metal 2000 and Ghosts of Mars.  On the composing side, Bishara is no stranger to creating music for movies in the horror genre.  Among his credits are the musical scores for all three chapters of Insidious, The Conjuring, Autopsy, Night of the Demon, The Vatican Tapes and The Devil's Carnival.

                According to the composer, “The film had its needs grounded in a deep sense of loss, which translated into the musical motives that drive the journey not only into India, but into the supernatural worlds that open up the possibility of facing that loss, as well as creating the opportunity for a potential loss even greater…The flavor of the film is location specific with it all taking place in and around India.  This led to the use of figures written for the sarangi and soulful vocal wailings, as well as a string and wind ensemble. The energies behind the score were also inspired by the mythologies of a place which can facilitate communication with the dead.”

                The Other Side of the Door Soundtrack features orchestral music mixed with electronic sound.  The locale of the film is set with the exotic sound of the beginning tracks like The Other Side and Going to Be Fine.  The music is rather ominous sounding as the genre would call for and the score is not without its horror cues, like bursts of loud sound/music in the midst of quiet bits of score.  Diety Invoked features a cacophony of sound that will raise the hairs on the back of your neck. 

                As horror film scores go, the music created by Joseph Bishara will definitely enhance the scare factor of the film’s visual effects.  I’m not quite sure I would purchase this album as a standalone, but this score spooked me out without even having seen the film and that means Bishara has done his job very well.


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