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Comments about the soundtrack for The Funhouse (John Beal)
Excellent Horror Score


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christian landaeta
Excellent Horror Score   Friday, March 18, 2005 (7:18 a.m.) 

I'm so happy that Filmtracks reviewed this score. I completely agree with the review. This is easily one of the best of the horror scores in the past 30 years in my opinion. I would rank it along side The Amityville Horror, Hellraiser, The Omen, etc. It really deserves an audience. Hopefully more people will check this score out.

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Excellent Horror Score   Friday, March 16, 2007 (11:55 p.m.) 

Not much can be added to good reviews of this, one of my most appreciated horror movie scores of all times. It brings me back to the days I would not miss any of the horror movies they showed here, in a country where we knew we were missing part of what was going on in the US or Europe, in film and music. The Funhouse is one of those scores I waited for for ages, since the times I learned about re-use fees and the impossibility of seeing my favourite horror movie scores on, back then, LP.
And it's a real pitty so many of those late 70's/early 80's scores never saw the light of day. Let me just mention Bo Harwood and Lance Rubin's HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME, Ian Underwood's THE ARCHER AND THE SOCERESS, CHARLES BERNSTEIN's THE ENTITY, or the original LALO SCHIFRIN tapes of THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, so superior to the recent cd edition, in my own personal opinion.
It's here where INTRADA deserves a long and loud applause fot the interest and wisdom to choose and rescue this almost lost unique and powerful score by Mr.John Beal, not only a talented composer but also a kind and patient man with his fans from far away
One thumb down,however, to whoever was responsible for storing the master tapes of The Funhouse properly at Universal because he did not do his job and I hear several music scores from the golden days are now lost forever on paper and tape thanks to the lack of vision of some who would never understood the legacy they were handling.

Thanks John Beal and INTRADA for giving us, fantasy/horror film fans, the pleasure of being able to play this over and over again and enjoy one of the most unique and evocative film scores of the early 80's and one which so easily brings back to mind the images of a movie I've also loved since then, whatever film purists and horror movie score detractors may say.
Thanks Tobe Hopper, too !

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