12 Most Effective Musical Moments In Film

12. The Boathouse - The Last House On The Left (2009)

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After losing their son, a family visits their picturesque lake house for a vacation. However, a random turn of events leads to another tragedy. Following a chance encounter, the family decides to fight back.

This particular John Murphy piece scores the scene that shows daughter Mari (Sara Paxton) jumping into the lake again when they arrive. She has not been here since before her brother's death; she does not yet comprehend how this place from their childhood has changed for her.

What she does know is what the water means to her. What she knows is that her brother would want her to keep going, to keep swimming, to keep fighting. He would want her to hang on to her freedom in her world of water, the world where she is most comfortable.

The dynamic music forewarns of urgency and shows the importance of Mari having a sacred space. It is a short sequence, but it tells us more about the character than any line of dialogue in a remake that is a suspenseful, well-acted and nuanced psychological study of heroes and villains.

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