[REC]3: Genesis

Composed By Mikel Salas

Distributed by: Screamworks Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                The third installment of the [REC] Spanish horror movie series, [REC]3: Genesis stars Leticia Dolera and Diego Martín as Clara and Koldo, a couple about to celebrate their wedding day.  Things are going well until Koldo’s cousin, who is filming the wedding and reception, notices something strange about his uncle.  Apparently his uncle was bitten by a dog prior to the reception, but professes to be fine until his seemingly drunken fall from a balcony in the reception hall.  When his wife tries to help him, he bites her, then begins vomiting blood, a sure sign from the original [REC] movies that he is infected by the demonic virus.  As the virus is spread throughout the partygoers at the reception hall, Clara and Koldo make every effort to survive what was supposed to be one of the happiest days in their lives.

                The musical score of [REC]3: Genesis was created by award-winning Spanish composer Mikel Salas.  This is not Salas’ first foray into horror film music as he composed the musical score of Romasanta: The Werewolf Hunt.

                I can’t honestly say that I enjoyed the [REC]3: Genesis Soundtrack.  I know that composers are moving more toward electronic sounds and the like to enhance the spookiness of a horror film, but the musical score created by Mikel Salas seems to me to be more sound effects than music.  Sure, there is some bonafide musical score here and that score is pretty good.  The theme for Clara is quite interesting, beginning with light piano and strings to give the listener the idea of innocence.  As the track moves forward, a female choir is heard followed by the deeper tones of a male choir.  You get the idea that, despite the innocence lost (reflected by the heavy guitar riffs), Clara is still a soul steeped in religious fervor.    The other two interesting tracks are Union – Part I and Union – Part II.

                The rest of the soundtrack features dark, low registry music that’s barely audible laced with electronic sounds and bursts of music designed to make you jump, probably used to coincide with infected attacks in the film.

                I have no doubt that the [REC]3: Genesis Soundtrack works well with the visuals, but I don’t think that the music is deserving of an album worth $10.00 available on iTunes.  Luckily, you don’t have to download the entire album, just the music worth listening to.


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