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Eight Legged Freaks
(2002)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Damon Intrabartolo

Co-Orchestrated by:
Frank Macchia
Larry Groupe

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(July 23rd, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you treasure John Ottman's knack for creativity in style which, in this case, translates into scampering orchestral rhythms on many light feet.

Avoid it... if the overplayed extent of percussive representations of the arachnids and a fluid combination of horror and comedy in the same score cross too many boundaries for you.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,077
WRITTEN 9/13/03, REVISED 3/3/09
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Eight Legged Freaks: (John Ottman) Who could ever forget the hairy horror films of monsters caused by nuclear radiation in the 1950's? You had giant spiders in Tarantula and, even better yet, giant ants attacking Los Angeles in Them!. The 2002 flick Eight Legged Freaks both paid tribute to that genre and mocked it at the same time, utilizing modern CGI effects to produce a similarly themed attack on hopeless American trailer folk by huge, nasty arachnids. The film's original title, "Arac Attack," played to the tongue and cheek nature of the project, but that title was dropped because producers realized that real life people aren't much more intelligent than the ones getting killed in the film, and they would probably confuse the movie with a Gulf War action documentary. Whether the giant spiders were unleashed on hostile Iraqis or trailer-dwelling Americans, the Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich film was much more of a comedy spoof than a serious horror film, and so they needed a score that was playfully sinister. Composer John Ottman, a busy man in 2002, had wanted to work with Devlin and Emmerich ever since he had seen their flashy debut with Stargate in 1994, and Eight Legged Freaks would be that (albeit inglorious) chance. The music in the old 50's style of monster films was always over the top, with Godzilla-sized proportions and an enormous presence on screen that often compensated for less than perfect special effects. Ottman's approach to the project would also reflect that history of overblown melodrama of parody levels, but as opposed to the style of the straight horror scores of the genre, Eight Legged Freaks required a fair amount of humor in that same statement of pomp. As the composer reflected at the time of the recording, "[the score] would require me tapping into my quirky side (like that's hard), yet at the same time playing the suspense and frolicky nature of the movie." The resulting effort from Ottman led to yet another opportunity to speculate about the parallels between Ottman's creative output and Danny Elfman's early comedy work. To say that both exhibit the same musical sense of humor is obvious, but whereas Elfman often toyed with the bizarre to conjure up his creativity, Ottman chooses the route of subtle thematic adaptations and innovative use of orchestral instrumentation.



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184 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.94 Stars
***** 36 5 Stars
**** 35 4 Stars
*** 37 3 Stars
** 34 2 Stars
* 42 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 47:50
• 1. Spider Mania (2:06)
• 2. Spider Shack (4:20)
• 3. Cat Napped (1:36)
• 4. Trailer Trashed (5:51)
• 5. Investigating (1:35)
• 6. Mall Mayhem (4:00)
• 7. Bedroom Attack (1:47)
• 8. Out of the Fire (0:46)
• 9. Spider Got Your Tongue (1:21)
• 10. Scurry Flurry (2:16)
• 11. They Will Come (2:19)
• 12. Spider Assault (2:52)
• 13. Shopping Spree (1:12)
• 14. The Tunnels (3:42)
• 15. Climactic Plan (7:05)
• 16. All's Well That Ends Well (2:44)
• 17. Spiders and Cycles* (1:53)
* co-written by Rich Ragsdale and John Ottman

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