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The Nun
(2018)
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Composed, Orchestrated, and Conducted by:
Abel Korzeniowski

Produced by:
Mina Korzeniowski
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WaterTower Music
(August 31st, 2018)
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Buy it... if over-the-counter laxatives have failed you, for Abel Korzeniowski does his best to unnerve you with extreme avant-garde orchestral horror techniques that are all-too-obvious but basically functional.

Avoid it... if you demand a truly balanced dichotomy in your musical battles between good and evil, the best appeals of religious horror mostly lost in this score's rush to dwell in ambient, demonic depths.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,911
WRITTEN 11/2/18
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The Nun: (Abel Korzeniowski) The absurdity of religious fear is exploited mercilessly in the franchise of films based on 2013's The Conjuring. Paranormal exploration can be quite entertaining so long as it avoids tired recapitulations of organized religion's oldest battles between good and evil; by the prequel spin-off The Nun in 2018, the concept had fully embraced the tried and tested formula, to the detriment of critical response. Not only are audiences treated to the illogical fallacies inherent in horror films to begin with, but they have to reconcile poor interpretations of religious scripture and all the ridiculous notions that exist within. Still, audiences made The Nun the top-grossing entry in the franchise to date, so demon versus nun battles with possessions, exorcisms, the supposed blood of Christ all thrown about in stereotypical Roman Catholic trappings must still appeal. In this case, a young nun is tasked with helping a clergyman investigate a suicide in a 1952 Romanian monastery that is, most conveniently for this film, fantastically creepy and revealed to be a castle built by a duke obsessed with the occult. Lovely. Why can't somebody set one of these films in the Tillamook cheese factory in Oregon instead? Or, better yet, the Houston Astrodome? Alas, viewers feast their eyes on the gothic environment in these predictable horror romps, and the soundscape is meant to scare them just the same. In steps the prototypical horror film score. Horror genre veteran Joseph Bishara had handled the music for the initial three movies in the franchise, but others have now stepped in with their involvement, including young Polish phenom Abel Korzeniowski with The Nun. The assignment is really no surprise for Korzeniowski, who has tossed aside the reputation he earned in the early 2010's as a master of romance and embraced the thriller genre wholeheartedly since. Ironically, the result of his endeavors for The Nun really doesn't differ much from what Bishara had produced for the two The Conjuring films, the entire lot of them applying largely the same ideas to the equation. With the historical religious aspect comes Korzeniowski's more refined sense of classicism, which bleeds through in a small handful of cues in The Nun. The composer declines the electronic embellishments of Bishara but continues the outright abuse of organic symphonic performances, most of which seemingly provided as-is without the aid of obvious post-production manipulation.



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 45:19
• 1. God Ends Here (1:42)
• 2. Sacrifice (2:30)
• 3. Sister Irene (1:07)
• 4. The Abbey of St. Carta (2:19)
• 5. Hanging Nun (2:51)
• 6. Valak (2:59)
• 7. Lost Souls (2:17)
• 8. Anything but Holy (3:23)
• 9. Veiled Mirrors (1:04)
• 10. Corridor of Crosses (1:33)
• 11. Perpetual Adoration (1:48)
• 12. Ice House (1:22)
• 13. Branded by the Demon (2:42)
• 14. Burning Cross (1:01)
• 15. They're All Gone (1:50)
• 16. Handmaid of God (3:14)
• 17. Into the Abyss (3:09)
• 18. Possessed (1:42)
• 19. Deliver Us From Evil (3:06)
• 20. 'Cause I Have Faith (3:32)

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The insert includes a list of performers and notes from the director and composer about the score.
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