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The Grudge
(2004)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Sujin Nam
Sean McMahon
Martin St. Pierre

Co-Produced by:
lavio Motalla
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Varèse Sarabande
(November 9th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you can accept Christopher Young's most understated and difficult atmospheric techniques for over forty minutes of aimless sound design and challenging, minimal melodic structures.

Avoid it... if you rely upon Young's characteristic habit of gracing his horror scores with at least a few minutes of gothic beauty, a lack of which here truly sinks this dispiriting music on album.
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WRITTEN 12/29/11
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The Grudge: (Christopher Young) If you're feeling down about the effect of the global recession of the late 2000's on the real estate market, sleep well knowing that there will always be one real estate transaction that is infinitely worse than yours. In the world of the Japanese Ju-on movie franchise, the world's worst home for sale is one in Japan that is horrifically cursed because of a series of killings in its confines that perpetually builds a supernatural force of evil with each person it afflicts. It starts with the domestic killing of a wife in a fit of jealous rage on the part of her husband, and before long, the whole family is dead, the next occupiers are dead, a long line of investigators are dead, and an American exchange student played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, along with all of her own friends and family, is next. The story resides somewhere in between the topics of haunted houses, slasher gore, and torture fetishes, with fallacies of logic that don't seem to stunt this ever-growing concept from starting first in Japan and then extending to a series of American remakes and spin-offs. One laser-guided missile could solve all of the ills with this particular piece of real estate, but let's not worry about practical solutions. Filmmaker and concept creator Takashi Shimizu was retained by Sam Raimi (in a producing role) to helm the American franchise, which started in 2004 with The Grudge. Although the budget for the original entry was quite restricted, veteran horror composer Christopher Young was hired to continue his magic in the genre. He was already established as a master of gothic horror music, despite the fact that some of his best successes in that realm were still to come. He was attached to the first two films in the American adaptation of this franchise, the latter in 2006 enjoying a larger orchestral and choral presence as a likely result of a budget twice the size as that of the original production. For The Grudge, Young provides what stands as one of his most understated and atmospheric scores in the genre, avoiding many of the standard formats and mechanisms that typically define this type of music for him. His efforts in this genre are usually handled with a combination of gracefully creepy lyricism and unconventional instrumental performance techniques, and in the absolutely most basic sense, The Grudge adheres to that formula. But in that approach, his thematic identity and application to this movie is far less appealing than usual and the abnormal use of instruments isn't particularly original. It's a rare miss for Young, one that may service its film adequately, but also an entry that will fail to meet expectations from many collectors of the composer's far more interesting works.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 42:06
• 1. Ju-on Part I (5:22)
• 2. Ju-on Part II (4:57)
• 3. Ju-on Part III (3:47)
• 4. Ju-on Part IV (4:49)
• 5. Ju-on Part V (1:35)
• 6. Ju-on Part VI (4:39)
• 7. Ju-on Part VII (12:37)
• 8. Ju-on Part VIII (4:25)
(tracks are untitled on album packaging)

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