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Hide and Seek
(2005)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Damon Intrabartolo

Additional Music and Co-Orchestrated by:
Lior Rosner

Co-Orchestrated by:
Rick Gioviazzo
Frank Macchia
Jeff Schindler

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Kirtland Records
(February 22nd, 2005)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you're a sucker for John Ottman's addictively lyrical themes and their quietly intelligent development through clever orchestral and vocal applications.

Avoid it... if three or four performances of a tense, deceptively innocent child's lullaby can't compensate for half an hour of average, stock horror procedures in the interior of the score.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,200
WRITTEN 4/23/05, REVISED 10/28/11
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Hide and Seek: (John Ottman) A John Polson film based upon an Ari Schlossberg screenplay, Hide and Seek was both a critical and popular failure (despite somehow managing to haul in impressive returns), released in 2005 just after the start of the year, such timing never a good sign of confidence from a studio for any horror production. In its story, Robert De Niro plays a psychiatrist and child star Dakota Fanning is his pre-adolescent daughter. The mother commits suicide in their apartment and the father does what nobody in his right mind should do: move the two out to a big old deserted mansion where the neighbors are a bit weird and the local sheriff has the keys to everyone's door. The girl begins playing with an imaginary friend who, as expected, is eventually suspected as the source of blood spattering, dead pets, strange noises, and, of course, the further psychological disarray of the daughter. The film's overly logical and stretched ending is a knock to any fine psychological thriller, and the film has been accused of existing for the sole purpose of yanking your chain in the last few minutes (the five different endings shot for the picture are alone evidence of that). None of these issues seems to bother composer John Ottman, who continued in the 2000's to write music for an odd assortment of typically unpopular suspense films. There are several films like Hide and Seek in Ottman's career, sub-par horror flicks that suit the composer's sensibilities well but sadly lack in narrative ingenuity and evaporate from the collective public memory within just a few years. In this case, Ottman replaced originally assigned horror master Christopher Young, though for much of this score you probably wouldn't notice the difference. Substituting Ottman for Young on a project like this, while inevitably irritating some film music collectors, is no substantial loss in these days of the horror industry given Ottman's ability and apparent willingness to write music of a quality undeserved by such productions. Once again, Hide and Seek is a project for which Ottman presents interesting ideas to his enthusiasts in an atmosphere that likely could have sufficed with far less, and the end result is a satisfying listening experience on album. A handful of very strong melodic cues stretch the effort towards four-star territory overall, a pleasant surprise given that the mass of material populating the interior of the score is predictably non-descript.



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Average: 2.86 Stars
***** 31 5 Stars
**** 34 4 Stars
*** 40 3 Stars
** 35 2 Stars
* 43 1 Stars
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N.R.Q. - May 28, 2006, at 2:53 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 43:06
• 1. Leaving the City (Main Title) - performed by Deborah Lurie (2:07)
• 2. Exploring (2:26)
• 3. What Did You Do? (4:15)
• 4. Can You See Now? (2:31)
• 5. Toy Shrine (1:48)
• 6. The Playground (1:47)
• 7. Getting Away! (2:46)
• 8. Doll Head (2:46)
• 9. Playing with Charlie (3:36)
• 10. Beyond Therapy (1:46)
• 11. Snooping (2:08)
• 12. Kitty Bath (2:03)
• 13. Marco Polo (2:06)
• 14. The Cave (2:13)
• 15. Hide & Seek (Emily's Theme) - performed by Deborah Lurie (4:40)
• 16. Hide & Seek - performed by Sharlotte Gibson (4:01)

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