Magazine article Variety

Well Noted

Magazine article Variety

Well Noted

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WELL NOTED

The music in 'Resident Evil' ranges from moody to heavy metal

The "Resident Evil" franchise has retained a consistent look, tone, primary star, and central creative figurehead over the course of six films. Yet musically, the series has hit a number of surprising notes: even as the franchise stays true to its dark and moody aesthetic, its composers have found plenty of room to stretch.

When Paul W.S. Anderson launched the "Resident Evil" film franchise back in 2002, the property already had a well-defined musical lineage with its namesake video games, thanks to the work of composer Masami Ueda in particular. But Anderson opted to go in an entirely different direction for his film. At the time, the director spoke of his love for early John Carpenter music, particularly the aggressive, electronically driven scores for "Assault on Precinct 13" and "The Fog" He described the ideal soundscape for his adaptation as resembling "early Carpenter, but for the 21st Century. We needed something very different."

Appropriately, he turned to industrial rocker Marilyn Manson - making his first, and, to date, only venture into film music - and paired him with the more seasoned maestro Marco Beltrami, hot off his scores for "Scream" and "Mimic" The two turned in a score that was heavier on atmospherics than melody, with plenty of spooky soundscapes and jagged blasts of synthesized heavy metal guitar. …

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