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Dark Shadows
(2012)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Rick Wentworth

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
Edgardo Simone
David Sloanaker
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WaterTower Music
(May 8th, 2012)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if Danny Elfman can do no wrong for you when he explores gothic romanticism with a violent edge, a personality perfectly fitting for this morbidly brooding and forcefully elegant topic.

Avoid it... if twenty minutes of easily accessible thematic highlights are not enough to compensate for an otherwise dissonant and inconsistent midsection that challenges the ears more often than it clarifies the narrative.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,352
WRITTEN 5/18/12
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Dark Shadows: (Danny Elfman) Given director Tim Burton's obsession with romanticizing the undead, it should be no surprise that he dove off a cliff to resurrect the late-1960's/early-1970's television series concept of "Dark Shadows." The popular soap opera ran from 1966 to 1971 and gained a loyal following because of its awkward but affable infusion of fantasy elements into the otherwise stale genre. When Warner Brothers opened the coffin in the early 2010's, Burton brought his usual cast and crew to the party, producing a 2012 rendition that is saturated with his gothic sensibilities and odd sense of humor. The story stays faithful the original concept, an 18th Century fishing business and its family manor in Maine cursed over unrealized love. In the early 1970's, the two primary characters still alive from that product of witchcraft come into conflict once again, bringing family members, reincarnated love interests, and innocent bystanders into the battle of wits and death. While the original series managed to balance its morbid and humorous elements with finesse, Burton seems to have had difficulty achieving the same balance, his horror inclinations arguably pushing his film too dark for his humor to coexist in the same context. His Dark Shadows was met with minimal acclaim and surprisingly poor initial box office returns, though the project, like many Burton efforts, has all the characteristics necessary to become a future cult favorite. His previous endeavor, Alice in Wonderland was an immediate sensation, in part because of Danny Elfman's music for the 2010 production. The composer continues his collaboration with Burton with a rather straight-forward approach to Dark Shadows, sharing a significant amount of screen time with numerous 1970's songs chosen for the picture. The music by Robert Cobert for the original series popularly balanced romanticism with eerie electronic tones, and Elfman follows a similar path while also beefing up the orchestral horror element to match Burton's own emphasis on violence. Elfman clearly sought to temper his own style of fantasy writing with an early 1970's vibe, nodding to the soap opera's origins with a glint of retro coolness and even sleaze. In general, a veteran Elfman collector will hear nothing new in Dark Shadows, for the retro designs and quirkiness are reminiscent of Men in Black and Mars Attacks! while the bursts of horror and sound design for the conversational scenes alternate between Sleepy Hollow and The Wolfman territory.

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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 52:44
• 1. Dark Shadows - Prologue (Uncut) (7:52)
• 2. Resurrection (2:54)
• 3. Vicky Enters Collinswood (1:21)
• 4. Deadly Handshake (2:14)
• 5. Shadows - Reprise (1:08)
• 6. Is It Her? (0:43)
• 7. Barnabus Comes Home (4:18)
• 8. Vicky's Nightmare (1:26)
• 9. Hypno Music (0:47)
• 10. Killing Dr. Hoffman (1:14)
• 11. Dumping the Body (0:58)
• 12. Roger Departs (2:33)
• 13. Burn Baby Burn/In-Tombed (2:49)
• 14. Lava Lamp (2:17)
• 15. The Angry Mob (4:40)
• 16. House of Blood (3:38)
• 17. Final Confrontation (2:20)
• 18. Widow's Hill - Finale (3:47)
• 19. The End? (Uncut) (2:42)
• 20. More the End? (1:55)
• 21. We Will End You! (1:09)

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