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The Haunting
(1999)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Alexander Courage
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Varèse Sarabande
(July 20th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek Jerry Goldsmith's last truly accomplished horror score, overflowing with creepy atmosphere and chilling themes meant to put you at unease rather than outwardly scare you.

Avoid it... if you expect the score to offer the complexity of structure and explicitly frightening bombast of Goldsmith's classic horror scores from decades before.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #660
WRITTEN 8/14/99, REVISED 4/19/08
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The Haunting: (Jerry Goldsmith) The 1999 adaptation of Shirley Jackson's novel "The Haunting of Hill House" is the second attempt to bring the story to life on the screen, but unfortunately for remake director Jan de Bont, he doesn't have the wisdom of how to scare audiences as effectively as Robert Wise did in 1963. Despite the outstanding production and set design for The Haunting, a contrived series of story alterations and very poor acting performances by most of the leads caused the critical and popular demise of the haunted mansion film. The premise of The Haunting is quite promising, placing a group of insomniacs in a spooky old manor under the guise of studying their sleep habits. The scientist heading this operation hopes to actually study their responses to fear, but the plan goes awry when he underestimates the ghostly nature of the house himself. By the last half hour of its running, The Haunting lost all cohesion and turned into somewhat of a parody of similar failures. For cheap thrill seekers, however, the movie is worth late night viewing due to its gothic beauty in set design and an above-average suspense score by veteran Jerry Goldsmith. The composer was long removed from his days of classic horror, led by the outstanding success of The Omen and Poltergeist, but he was revisiting the genre one last time before his death in 2004. This final phase of horror scores, ranging from Deep Rising to Hollow Man, were completely anonymous compared to the aforementioned, Oscar-worthy classics. The best of these late entries is indeed The Haunting, a score that relies far more heavily on suspense rather than the slashing, brute action of the others. While all of these final scores by Goldsmith retained characteristic traits that attract his collectors, The Haunting is a far more refined score, using subtlety and nuance with a touch that was dwindling as Goldsmith neared his death. To listeners looking for traditional horror in the form of bombastic strikes from the ensemble: read no further.



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Hauntingly beautiful and creepy score
Jouko Yli-Kiikka - March 11, 2008, at 7:15 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 35:14
• 1. The Carousel (2:54)
• 2. Terror in Bed (5:34)
• 3. A Place for Everything (3:17)
• 4. The Curtains (2:37)
• 5. Curly Hair (3:09)
• 6. The Picture Album (4:48)
• 7. Return to the Carousel (3:09)
• 8. Finally Home (6:16)
• 9. Home Safe (3:16)

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