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The Frighteners
(1996)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Artie Kane

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
Mark McKenzie
Edgardo Simone
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
MCA Records
(July 16th, 1996)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print within ten years.
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Buy it... only if you are endlessly enamored by the early horror styles of Danny Elfman's career, including the excerpts you've heard from Scrooged.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear any of the melodramatic themes, cohesive constructs, or harmonic structures of Elfman's early works.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #570
WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 9/9/08
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The Frighteners: (Danny Elfman) Several years before his adventures with The Lord of the Rings, director Peter Jackson brought the campy ghost story of The Frighteners to the big screen. The 1996 film starred Michael J. Fox as a person who could see and talk to ghosts, and thus, the production was rich for its time in the amount of CGI effects generously provided for the audience. As to be expected, The Frighteners, despite its considerable comedy in dark places, is a horror film. In any incarnation, though, it was dead on arrival at the box office. For Jackson, it would be the final venture that he would direct before diving into the three film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings, and his sparse directorial output before The Frighteners often utilized the music of Peter Dasent. His hiring of composer Danny Elfman for the project was not an obvious choice, but a well grounded one. The composer was no stranger to the horror genre, especially with projects that had similarly suspect popular appeal (such as Darkman and Nightbreed). These films allowed Elfman the ability to fully unleash the darker side of his talents while inserting brooding, melancholy themes at his leisure (something all his fans know he loved to do at the time). With The Frighteners, you get the same basic formula of Elfman's previous horror writing, but without the same trailblazing spirit that you heard during the inspired moments of those previous scores. With similarities in subject matter, The Frighteners is handled with some of the same combination of horror and absurdity as Scrooged, which was one of Elfman's earliest orchestral efforts. Like Scrooged, the score for The Frighteners establishes a mock horror style and occasionally interrupts it with a touch of comedy flair. Unfortunately, by 1996, this sound from Elfman was becoming repetitive, if not downright old and overused, and thus, The Frighteners suffers from the lack of originality or distinct character with which to recall it when pondering Elfman's career. Compared to nearly all of Elfman's other works, this entry is completely forgettable.

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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 41:14
• 1. Intro/Titles (5:43)
• 2. The Lads (2:00)
• 3. Poltergeists (2:05)
• 4. Victim #38 (1:52)
• 5. Who's Next? (1:39)
• 6. The Garden (3:08)
• 7. Chilly (1:29)
• 8. Time (4:41)
• 9. Patty's Place (2:12)
• 10. Flashbacks (1:07)
• 11. Patty Attack (3:04)
• 12. Frank's Wife (0:50)
• 13. Doom (3:08)
• 14. Heaven (1:46)
• 15. Don't Fear the Reaper* (5:46)
* written by Donald Roeser/performed by The Mutton Birds

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