The Vatican Tapes

Musical Score By: Joseph Bishara

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the supernatural film, The Vatican Tapes, Olivia Taylor Dudley is Angela Holmes, an ordinary 27-year-old until strange things begin to happen to those around her.  Possession is suspected, but when the Vatican is called upon to perform an exorcism on Angela, the demon proves to be much more powerful than anyone could have imagined. 

                The musical score of The Vatican Tapes was created by composer and producer Joseph Bishara, who began his training in classical music before experimenting with electronic sound.  Bishara began his musical career performing with an industrial band before turning to composing for film.  His first full feature score was Joseph's Gift in 1998.  Since then, he has amassed quite a resume containing a number of scores for horror films like Unearthed, The Gravedancers, The Conjuring, Night of the Demons, Insidious and more.

                When I first decided to listen to The Vatican Tapes Soundtrack, I never had a clue as to what the film was about.  I was expecting to hear a lot of church music, but that wasn’t what I was hearing.  Instead of a choir and organ music, I was listening to a horror score filled with interesting cues like metal striking metal, tortured voices, distorted violin strokes, a cacophony of sound starting off right in the first track.  I loved the little touches, like the jingling of mass bells here and there.  There’s very little in the way of music here, mostly sound effects, but when there are musical pieces, they mostly contain violins and piano.

                I listened to The Vatican Tapes on a dark, foggy morning and I can honestly say that this score spooked the hell out of me.  The score created by Joseph Bishara does exactly what it was intended to do, enhance the horror visuals and emotional distress of the characters.  Well done!


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