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The Fly II
(1989)
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1989 Varèse
2005 Varèse
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed and Co-Orchestrated by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian

Conducted by:
Allan Wilson

Produced by:
Steven-Charles Jaffe

Performed by:
The Munich Studio Orchestra
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Varèse Sarabande
(February 10th, 1989)

Varèse Sarabande
(October 18th, 2005)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Both the 1989 single album and the 2005 remastered set with The Fly are regular commercial releases, the latter a much better value at the time of release.
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Buy it... if you want a safe, gloriously harmonic starting point from which to explore Christopher Young's extensive work in the horror genre.

Avoid it... if you expect either a continuation of Howard Shore's constructs from The Fly or an abundance the truly challenging dissonance more typical to the genre.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,651
WRITTEN 9/9/09
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The Fly II: (Christopher Young) So lame was the production of the sequel to the hit 1986 horror film The Fly that the crew and most of the cast begged out or weren't invited back for budgetary reasons. The 1989 continuation of David Cronenberg's grotesque but tragically appealing reinvention of the classic concept was shameless in nearly every regard. Geena Davis did not return to give birth to the hybrid nemesis in this picture and special effects guru Chris Walas helmed the lifeless, more conventional horror formula. Despite the many connections to the previous film, The Fly II is simply an excuse to see the son of Jeff Goldblum's unfortunate character grow up prematurely because of his partial housefly DNA and become, not surprisingly, a maniacal killer. Box office success was not destined for The Fly II, and the majority of people inflicted with it many years later are only familiar with it because of a common packaging of the two films together on DVD. One of the few genuinely redeeming aspects of The Fly II was its score by rising composer Christopher Young, whose career was already well on the way to being defined by such trashy horror flicks. At the time, Young was wary of the fact that his destiny seemed attached to these absolutely wretched productions, though he has always countered by reaffirming his attraction to the genre and the opportunity that it gives him to unleash the kind of orchestral force not allowed in most other kinds of films. This particular assignment followed his first two Hellraiser scores, the latter one a modern classic in the genre with its incredibly massive size. Young was also following a highly respected score written by Howard Shore for The Fly, one that directly addressed the melodramatic tragedy of the story with a distinctly operatic tone. Young apparently decided not to incorporate any of Shore's primary ideas from The Fly into the sequel, despite the fact that footage of Goldblum and other story elements directly carry over. On the other hand, Young does avail himself of Shore's tone, taking the harmonious aspects of the previous composer's drama and extending them into a fantasy realm that allows for far more fluid presentations. In fact, if Shore's score is best described as morbid, then Young's could oddly be termed beautiful. There is still a heavy sense of oppressive weight to the tone of Young's score, but it has a sense of wonderment that makes it much more accessible. For many, The Fly II will be the most advisable starting point from which to explore the composer's lengthy success in the horror genre.



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Average: 3.29 Stars
***** 36 5 Stars
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The Fly II Formula
Bruno Costa - December 5, 2010, at 2:32 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
All Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 47:38
• 1. The Fly II (1:51)
• 2. Come Fly With Me (2:32)
• 3. Fly Variations (6:22)
• 4. Musca Domestica Metastasis (7:21)
• 5. The Spider and the Fly (1:34)
• 6. More is Coming (3:33)
• 7. The Fly March (4:11)
• 8. Accelerated Brundle Disease (4:16)
• 9. Bay 17 Mysteries (2:39)
• 10. Bartok Barbaro (5:16)
• 11. What's the Magic Word? (4:57)
• 12. Dad (2:57)

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The insert of the 1989 album contains an artsy photograph of Young, but no extra information about the score or film. The 2005 set offers details about the basics of both.
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