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When Good Ghouls Go Bad
(2001)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:
Christopher Gordon

Performed by:
Pro Musica Sydney
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(September 11th, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek a cross between Christopher Gordon's own Moby Dick and Danny Elfman's The Nightmare Before Christmas, as strange as that may seem.

Avoid it... if you demand your spooky scores (even the fluffier ones) to offer distinct instrumentation or personality to meet the rich potential of the holiday.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #986
WRITTEN 9/29/01, REVISED 2/11/09
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When Good Ghouls Go Bad: (Christopher Gordon) Launched on VHS and DVD by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment six weeks prior to its small screen debut, When Good Ghouls Go Bad was a made-for-television children's film set to air on cable's Fox Family Channel during its annual Halloween programming festival in 2001. The film's story follows a prepubescent boy who has just moved to a new town and is horrified to learn that thanks to an age old curse, nobody is allowed to celebrate Halloween. He teams up with his recently departed Uncle Fred (as performed by the always entertaining Christopher Lloyd, appearing as the only substantial name in the production, and a rarity for Fox Family films) to drive away the ghosts responsible for this unfair curse. As to be expected, the movie is a light combination of horror and humor, with designs for an audience similar to that year's Monkeybone or the more popular The Nightmare Before Christmas. With the production of the film located in Australia, veteran television composer Christopher Gordon was hired to conduct a performing group known as "Pro Musica Sydney," which consisted of performers who had already played for the recordings of the composer's previous major works. Gordon's large-scale scores for Hallmark's television films Moby Dick and On the Beach (going back to 1998) had both received critical acclaim, and the two were released on album by the same record label that eventually pressed this score. The Halloween spoof music for When Good Ghouls Go Bad, however, follows completely different lines than those titles. For one, its appearance on album allows listeners to hear an upbeat composition of his that wasn't meant for a film that contains a gloomy and disastrous conclusion. It also allowed Gordon to exhibit his talents in wacky instrumentation and tender themes, merging the light drama genre with one of straight comedic parody. To say that this score is a cross between Moby Dick and The Nightmare Before Christmas, as strange as that may seem in terms of disparate styles, wouldn't be too far off. Gordon maintains a high level of orchestral and thematic integrity throughout all of his works, and a consistent harmonic atmosphere for this one keeps the listening experience on the bright side of life. Ultimately, however, the score's personality is a little too anonymous for the subject matter.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 53:40
• 1. It's Mean, Mean, Mean (1:16)
• 2. Walker Walks and Falls in Walker Falls (3:29)
• 3. Art Class (5:10)
• 4. Uncle Fred (1:43)
• 5. Spooktacular (1:13)
• 6. A Pile of Pumpkins (3:26)
• 7. A Cheery Thought (1:28)
• 8. Curtis Danko's House (5:12)
• 9. Uncle Fred Returns (2:12)
• 10. Hand About (1:15)
• 11. Hand's Down Polka (1:50)
• 12. Halloween (0:45)
• 13. Father Son (1:42)
• 14. The Walking Dead of Walker Falls (3:49)
• 15. Curtis Danko (6:02)
• 16. The Statue & The Dance of the Ghouls (10:36)
• 17. Trick or Treat (1:56)

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