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Gothika
(2003)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Programmed, and Performed by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Damon Intrabartolo
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(November 18th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you enjoy John Ottman's lyrical sense of style and personable, thematic development in his suspenseful underscores.

Avoid it... if you prefer your thriller scores by Ottman to be flighty and ambitious, with the whole orchestral ensemble participating in overt slashes and hits.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #356
WRITTEN 11/21/03, REVISED 3/13/09
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Gothika: (John Ottman) With a production rushed at breakneck speed in an attempt to capture a Halloween audience, Gothika missed its mark and hit theatres at the height of the Christmas season. Call it a bad omen. Its plot is leagues away from having the holiday spirit, with a criminal psychologist (Halle Berry) accused of murdering her husband and driven nearly insane in her search for the truth. During her investigation, she fights the horrors of a dark prison and messages from ghosts that are giving her clues about their own murders (which eventually relate as well to her own predicament). Despite some hefty star power (including Robert Downey, Jr. and Penelope Cruz in supporting roles), the film was introduced to composer John Ottman from the start as a "low budget" horror project. While Ottman was not responsible for the film's late arrival, the same process that caused the film's delays also led the composer on his own journey of frustration and extremely rushed artistry. Ottman was, of course, no stranger to the horror genre; he seems to excel with a sense of morbid pleasure when offered horror films to score, and he even directed, edited, and scored his own entry, Urban Legends: Final Cut, in 2000. For Gothika, Ottman would need to lend an organic sound to the psychological thriller, another task with which the composer was familiar. After presenting demo material for 15 minutes of the film in just two days (be sure to read the humorous account of this event on Ottman's official site, including his internal response to the 2-day demo process: "Impossible! It will be shit!"), Ottman impressed the director and producer of the film with his living, breathing style of orchestral writing. In the latter stages of production, his score would be expanded to fit into nearly every dark corner of the film's running time (a circumstance that the composer had just dealt with in the post-production process of Trapped), and the music had to be frantically placed into the film's scenes before running the finished product (in pieces) past the studio for approval. A notable exception is the placement of two songs (not presented on the score album) over the end credits. As he had proven in the past, however, Ottman is also no stranger to the art of quick-scoring, and his output for Gothika, while not outstanding, is impressive under the circumstances.



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Average: 2.78 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 49:58
• 1. Prologue (2:06)
• 2. Miranda's Theme (1:47)
• 3. Remembering Rachael (2:23)
• 4. Final Escape (6:20)
• 5. Road Block/First Contact (2:33)
• 6. An Affair (3:00)
• 7. First Escape (4:32)
• 8. One of Us/The Shower (4:41)
• 9. Willow Creek (3:36)
• 10. Recollections (3:14)
• 11. The House/Dream (4:03)
• 12. I'm the Mirror/Not Alone (2:20)
• 13. Revelation (4:40)
• 14. You're Next (2:41)
• 15. I See Dead Kids (1:46)

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