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The Funhouse
(1981)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:
John Beal

Co-Orchestrated by:
Richard Bellis
Don James
Miles Goodman
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Promotional
(1998)
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Promotional release only (#JNBL-4001), valued between $15 and $20 when initially made available through soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... if you tire of conventional, modern horror techniques and seek a propulsive, symphonic, and dynamic score in the genre that resurrects classic Hollywood orchestration.

Avoid it... if anything remotely resembling waltz-like carnival rhythms unsettles you beyond your tolerance for unpleasant suspense music.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,431
WRITTEN 1/10/05, REVISED 10/19/11
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The Funhouse: (John Beal) In the horror boom of the early 1980's, the concept of non-bloody genre entry, one that uses ambience and calculated jolts of action to scare audiences, became popular with a younger generation of viewers. Despite the introduction of slasher films at about the same time (led by the Friday the 13th series), director Tobe Hooper took the long awaited concept of carnival horror to new heights one year before he would stake his claim to fame for Steven Spielberg's Poltergeist. As funny as it may seem when thinking back on that period of time, crazy carnival movies with homicidal monsters lurking within weren't necessarily the same recipe for stupidity that they became a few decades later. In fact, Universal Studios commissioned then-anonymous author Dean Koontz to write a novelization based on the screenplay for release before the actual film hit the theatres. With over a million copies of the book foreshadowing The Funhouse sold off the shelves before the cinematic release date, the appeal of the film was well established. While the project did not receive the success hoped for at the time, the feature film became somewhat of a cult phenomenon by the 2000's. It's tale of four teenagers trapped in a traveling carnival funhouse with a deranged, deformed, and masked killer, and the story is certainly not forgiving to the youngsters. Combining a tiny bit of slash with a good dose of monster and visual confusion, history has largely determined that The Funhouse is certainly less derivative than its purely slashing siblings, and part of that strong, unique equation is due to composer John Beal's memorable score. Known mostly for his work on the television show "Happy Days" at the time, Beal would take the opportunity to reintroduce the complex orchestrations of the classic horror genre for The Funhouse and help establish the versatility that led him to become one of the kings of movie trailer scoring in the decades to come (before libraries of generic muck replaced original trailer music in the industry). Beal's involvement with this specific sound continued with his subsequent work for the mini-series adaptation of Stephen King's It.

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Average: 3.32 Stars
***** 24 5 Stars
**** 31 4 Stars
*** 24 3 Stars
** 14 2 Stars
* 15 1 Stars
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Excellent Horror Score   Expand >>
Saltine - March 18, 2005, at 8:18 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 38:35
• 1. Main Title (5:48)
• 2. God Is Watching You (2:50)
• 3. Late Date (1:29)
• 4. Carnival Skyline (1:32)
• 5. Zena (2:51)
• 6. After Hours (4:24)
• 7. Midnight Mayhem (2:17)
• 8. All in the Family (2:28)
• 9. The Funhouse (6:58)
• 10. Chained Melody (4:59)
• 11. Sunrise (End Credits) (2:27)

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