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1408
(2007)
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Composed, Co-Arranged, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Jeff Atmajian

Co-Arranged and Co-Produced by:
Kirsty Whalley
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(July 3rd, 2007)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you're prepared to be blown away by how strikingly different the suspense portions of 1408 sound compared to everything you've heard before from Gabriel Yared.

Avoid it... if you think you can sit through the heavily manipulated, synthetically ambient half of the score and be in the mood for ten to fifteen minutes of Yared's more typically lush, orchestral tragedy mode.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,772
WRITTEN 10/6/10
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1408: (Gabriel Yared) Despite his incredible success as a novelist, few of Stephen King's stories have translated into superior films. By both critical and popular accounts, the surprise 2007 hit 1408 is an exception, widely praised for its psychological manipulation of the audience with intelligent means instead of plain gore and shock. The film owed much of its box office success to the casting of actor John Cusack in the lead role as a writer who debunks paranormal activity. He's a likeable character easy to identify with as his practical mind handles the environment of ghostly activities. He decides to write about a famed hotel room in New York where 56 guests have all died within an hour of checking into the room, a circumstance that the writer decides is ludicrous. As he spends time in the room, he experiences progressively troubling hallucinations and more realistic challenges, eventually forcing him to relive traumatic scenes from his past while also attempting to escape this warped reality. Like any good King story, 1408 offers a taste of positive resolution while also leaving the door open on the supernatural aspect. The Mikael Hafstrom film distinguishes itself by making it impossible for the audience to predict what's going to happen next, leaving even cynical skeptics guessing through the very end. Among the most strikingly unpredictable aspects of 1408 was the assignment of Lebanese composer Gabriel Yared to the production. If you drew up a list of 50+ composers contemporary to 2007 most likely to score a mainstream psychological horror film such as 1408, Yared wouldn't have been on that list. The master of European-styled romance had never tackled such a large-scale horror assignment, though in the aftermath of his stunning rejection from Troy three years earlier, it was clear that at least he was attempting to branch out in new directions. Interestingly, once you're familiar with the plot of 1408, there is actually a good set of reasons why Yared was hired for this project. Underneath the suspense and horror is a very touching story of family relations, loss of life, and personal tragedy that is obviously more in tune with Yared's usual methodology. The question regarding 1408 wasn't whether or not he could supply a morbidly compelling orchestral landscape to the interpersonal side of the story, but rather his effectiveness in generating the subtle, alienating suspense necessary for the first half of the film. His triumph in that regard yields some of the most intriguing material of his career. A Yared enthusiast could make a decent compilation of the romantic parts and a David Julyan or Clint Mansell collector could pull the outlandish parts for their drug trips.



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Average: 2.87 Stars
***** 18 5 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 56:22
• 1. "10 Haunted Hotels" (3:04)
• 2. The Dolphin Hotel (1:45)
• 3. Room 1408 (7:45)
• 4. The Doppelganger (2:10)
• 5. Katie's Theme (2:48)
• 6. Ship in a Painting (1:39)
• 7. Bleeding Walls (4:59)
• 8. Out on a Ledge (5:25)
• 9. Mike's Fugue (2:43)
• 10. Inside the Vent (4:11)
• 11. Olin in the Minibar (5:50)
• 12. Sinking Ship (3:11)
• 13. Waking Up in LA (1:56)
• 14. Back to 1408 (1:50)
• 15. "Don't You Love Me Anymore?" (2:21)
• 16. Fire! (4:43)

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The insert includes a short note from the director about the score.
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