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The Devil's Hand
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Anton Sanko
Label: ScreamWorks Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 21 April 2015

ScreamWorks Records releases Anton Sanko's score for The Devil’s Hand. The score guides the listener into the dark soul of a small and isolated religious community whose depraved secrets are slowly unfolded. Set in a small rural community caught up in religious fervour, the isolated group is shaken by the birth of six girls on the sixth day of the sixth month. 666. When one of the girls disappears 18 years later, the village is split on the reason. For members like Elder Beacon, the vanishing act is the sign of an apocalyptic prophecy - younger members like Jacob Brown however think that the elders may be responsible and further disappearances will follow suit...

Anton Sanko's score for The Devil's Hand is certainly eerie. However, it's mostly an album of atmospheric, background material which was never designed to be listened to outside of the movie it was composed for.

Thankfully, over the course of this album's 14 tracks (27 min, 54 sec) there are a number of interesting themes, most notably in 'By the Lake'; 'Post Examination'; and 'Mary's Lament'.

In addition, the album's opening track, 'The Devil's Hand', briefly brought to mind the eerie stabbing violin segments of Jerry Goldsmith's scores for Gremlins and Twilight Zone: The Movie.

While this is by no means an essential purchase, there are a few themes that are worthy of your time. In that respect, it's very similar to Sanko's score for Jessabelle.


Darren Rea

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