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Dream House
(2011)
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Composed by:

Conducted by:
Robert Ziegler

Orchestrated by:
Kevin Kaska
Mike Watts

Produced by:
Stephanie Pereida
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(October 11th, 2011)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you have always appreciated John Debney's balance of ghostly ambience and beautiful melody in Dragonfly, for Dream House contains twenty minutes of five-star material along similar lines.

Avoid it... if no quantity of lovely thematic passages in your thriller scores can compensate for an overall work still dominated by otherwise mundane suspense techniques.
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WRITTEN 10/5/11
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Dream House: (John Debney) The nightmare began early for nearly everyone involved with the disastrous production of the 2011 thriller Dream House. Despite the respectable history of director and producer Jim Sheridan, the film was deemed in advance to be so awful that the studio, Morgan Creek, decided to take over the final editing of the project. The story tells of a publisher (Daniel Craig) and his family who move into a Connecticut dream house only to discover that the previous occupants had been murdered there. As the publisher digs into the history of the home, he makes a not-so-unexpected discovery about himself and, with the help of a sympathetic neighbor, tries to unravel the remaining mystery before they are both targeted in another round of attacks. The plot came under scrutiny early and often, its revelation of the major twist in the middle rather than the end failing reflect the better of M. Night Shyamalan's tendencies. Matters were made worse when the initial trailers for the film exposed the twist and basically ruined the entire picture for prospective audiences. The director, Craig, and actress Rachel Weisz were so disheartened with the final cut of the film that they refused to participate in press promotion of Dream House. After declining the show the movie to critics, Morgan Creek was eventually blasted by those who did witness its horrors, the critical and popular responses so overwhelmingly negative that there was little hope that the production would recoup its $50 million budget theatrically. Standing above this unfortunate fray is composer John Debney, who at least did his best to take the assignment seriously enough to provide an impressive orchestral score. Debney has proven to be a reliable source of music for these kinds of ghostly thrillers, his score for Dragonfly elevating that film immensely. It's not clear how badly Debney's work for Dream House was butchered by the studio's frantic last minute attempts to make the film presentable, but Debney's contribution does feature a cohesive flow of development that is, at least on album, a worthy souvenir from this otherwise messy situation. His score is dominated by the organic tones of an orchestra, failing to succumb to electronic temptations in a genre otherwise defined by flat and mundane synthetic music. With a vibrant London recording, memorable primary theme, and a few truly outstanding cues of dramatically melodic magnificence, his achievement for Dream House is among the biggest surprises of 2011.

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205 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.22 Stars
***** 41 5 Stars
**** 54 4 Stars
*** 47 3 Stars
** 36 2 Stars
* 27 1 Stars
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A great score for a crappy movie   Expand >>
Chris R. - October 6, 2011, at 6:51 p.m.
2 comments  (927 views)
Newest: October 7, 2011, at 3:36 a.m.by Gashoe13
Did Debney phone it in?
Mike - October 6, 2011, at 8:39 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 56:47
• 1. Dream House (5:36)
• 2. Little Girls Die (2:53)
• 3. Footprints tn the Snow (3:17)
• 4. Peter Searches (6:00)
• 5. Night Fever (1:33)
• 6. Intruders (1:41)
• 7. Libby Sees Graffiti (2:33)
• 8. Peter Ward's Room (2:10)
• 9. Ghostly Playthings (3:17)
• 10. Peter Ward's Story (3:13)
• 11. Ghost House (2:37)
• 12. Remember Libby (4:05)
• 13. Murder Flashback (3:59)
• 14. Peter Saves Ann/Redemption (7:29)
• 15. Dream House End Credits (5:55)

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