After months of seeing Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City‘s hyper-accurate sets and indications that the script is following the games much more faithfully than the previous six films, one element I’ve been anxious to see (or hear, rather), is the score. The original Paul W.S. Anderson films had multiple composers, ranging from the generally beloved combo of Marco Beltrami and Marylin Manson on the first film to the hyper techno battle music of Tomandandy in the last few, but this new film is going in a different direction. Scored by Mark Korven (The Witch, The Lighthouse), Resident Evil: WTRC seems to be going for something much more horror-focused, with hints of epic and tragic scattered throughout.
We’ve only gotten to hear one full track and a preview mix track, but they’re both pretty great. I’m in love with the synthy vaporwave sound it seems to be taking, while not skimping on the horror. You can check out the preview mix below, and there’s a whole track available on Mega that can be downloaded here.
Along with these, the official tracklist has been revealed as well and the names themselves are very telling. Note, the track names do contain some general spoilers, so read at your own risk.
A couple of these tracks really stick out to me, such as ‘Rpd‘ (no caps?), which I’m really hoping might be a remixed version of The Front Hall from Resident Evil 2), and using context clues we can match a few of these names to scenes from the trailers. There’s a lot of potential here, and even just from the preview tracks available I’m excited to hear the full score whether or not it actually uses game music. To be fair, the only game films I can think of that use music from their source material are the two Silent Hill films (which actually just straight up use unaltered tracks in places), Ace Attorney, and sorta-kinda Mortal Kombat (the ‘theme’, Techno Syndrome, wasn’t actually written for the games). It’d still be rad if they at least quoted a track or two though, if not used the full things. It might be fun to hear Saudade from Resident Evil 2 Remake playing on a radio or something, too.
We’ll find out one way or another when Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City‘s score releases on the 19th, and when the film itself releases on November 24th/December 3rd.