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The Grudge 2
(2006)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Hummie Mann

Co-Orchestrated by:
Sean McMahon
David Shephard
Martin J. St-Pierre

Co-Produced by:
David Russell
Adam Barber
Scott Burns
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(November 7th, 2006)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you desire the best ten minutes of music that Christopher Young provided for this franchise, a better enunciation of ideas that were far more challenging in the first score.

Avoid it... if hearing originality is your primary goal, because other than a few Japanese instrumental accents, this sequel score is still extremely common to Young's standard methodology.
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WRITTEN 12/30/11
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The Grudge 2: (Christopher Young) Just when you thought that humanity had discovered every motive one person could use to justify killing another, Takashi Shimizu and his Japanese franchise of Ju-on movies decided to whip up a new curse with which to baffle investigators. Translated into the series of The Grudge films in America, the concept is little more than an excuse to take a decent haunted house story and subject it to slasher movie cliches and torture fetish displays that do nothing to serve the betterment of mankind. While the original adaptation of The Grudge to the United States in 2004 was accepted by critics and audiences as a decent recapitulation of the basic premise, The Grudge 2 in 2006 was universally shredded by reviewers and suffered one of the most stunning drop-offs in theatrical earnings ever witnessed. While the movie did generate a profit, it failed to meet expectations and largely disgraced the already questionable franchise. Returning for a bit role in the sequel is Sarah Michelle Gellar, a convenient ploy to dispatch early in the renewed storyline. The overarching story of these movies is difficult to follow because of their non-linear display, but it suffices to say that the premise simply throws fresh meat at the ghosts doing the killing in The Grudge and beyond, arbitrarily abusing new characters with Saw- like predictability. In The Grudge 2 specifically, the curse has escaped the confines of its haunted house in Japan and made it to Chicago, where more equal opportunity executions can be shown for sudden audience frights. The stupidity of concept didn't seem to bother composer Christopher Young, who scored the first two movies before departing with the 2009 entry. These are the kinds of films that Young could score in his sleep, and that may have actually happened with The Grudge. Although basically characteristic of Young's normal methodology, that score remains one of the horror master's rare misses in the genre. Its rather low budget and atmospheric approach did not contain the intelligence in dynamic instrumentation or allure of lyrical enticement to give it any redeeming element. The seeds of both techniques were there, but the main melody that Young provided for the concept was intentionally challenging to grasp, the harrowing sequences of death were handled with surprisingly dull, unlistenable string techniques, and the droning mass of atmospheric underscore was disappointingly lacking in engaging qualities.



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Total Time: 45:41
• 1. Ju-on 2 (2:51)
• 2. Hitan (2:33)
• 3. Gishiki (5:20)
• 4. Higeki (3:23)
• 5. Seme (2:44)
• 6. Hitoribocchi (3:05)
• 7. Bourei (3:36)
• 8. Koukai (3:35)
• 9. Ritsuzen (3:43)
• 10. Shikyo (5:59)
• 11. Akuma (3:49)
• 12. Inochi (5:00)

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