The Conjuring

Musical Score By: Joseph Bishara

Distributed by: La-La Land Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                Based on a true story, The Conjuring stars Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston as Carolyn and Roger Perron, a married couple who move into a dilapidated farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island with their five daughters in 1971.  Shortly after moving in, the Perrons realize that this house is anything but normal, especially after the death of their dog and Carolyn being locked inside the cellar while a womanly spirit attacks one of her daughters.  They call on paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Wilson (Patrick Wilson and Vira Farmiga) to help them take back control of their home.

                The musical score of The Conjuring was created by American composer Joseph Bishara, who began his career in music playing guitars and keyboards for the Los Angeles industrial metal band Drown.  He followed this up with work on such notable movie soundtracks as Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Heavy Metal 2000 and John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars.  He has contributed mixes to a variety of notable artists, including Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails, and has created musical scores for a number of horror film scores such as 11-11-11, Night of the Demons, Insidious and more.

                The music of The Conjuring appears to be composed around the visuals of the film and used as sound effects to enhance scary scenes.  About six minutes into the soundtrack (Clap Game), I nearly jumped out of my seat at the surprising cacophony that screamed out of my speakers.  Bishara uses loud music, screeching violin strings, anguished voices, screams and an ominous noise that sounds like bass drum mallets beating sheet metal to scare the living daylights out of his listeners.

                While I can't deny that the music created by Joseph Bishara is probably perfect for the movie, serving as added special effects designed to thoroughly terrify the audience, I can't exactly recommend The Conjuring Soundtrack to your average music aficionado.  To me, there really isn't any tangible music on this album.  That being said, I can't imagine anyone wanting to add The Conjuring Soundtrack to their movie score collection, other than to use it to accompany haunted house effects during Halloween


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