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Hider in the House
(1989)
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Composed, Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Allan Wilson
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Intrada Records
(November 24th, 1992)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print as of 1998.
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Buy it... if you don't mind typical, shrieking explosions of terror in an otherwise very mellow and underwhelming score.

Avoid it... if you consider most generic and mundane suspense scores to be lifeless and uninspiring.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,328
WRITTEN 3/15/97, REVISED 8/18/08
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Hider in the House: (Christopher Young) Had this film been made ten years later, it may very well have been nothing more than a late-night cable television affair. With a cast boasting two regularly supporting stars, Hider in the House is an urban horror/thriller with a frightfully predictable plot. A man abused as a child (played by the reliable freak, Gary Busey) has been released from twenty years of institutionalized care after killing his parents in a fire, and decides to secretly build an apartment in the attic of a random, huge Colonial-style home and hide there in solitude. A family moves into the house, not knowing of the secret occupant in the attic (which should remind everyone to check their insulation up there regularly, just in case you have Gary Busey hanging out up there), and slowly the man leaves hints of his existence and surprisingly saves the family from accidents. After exposing the father of the family as an adulterer, the stranger befriends and eventually terrorizes the mother of the family (Mimi Rogers). It's a psycho-in-the-attic tale without anything particularly new or refreshing about the angle on the story, and the film's popularity sank immediately upon release. Director Matthew Patrick had been a childhood classmate of composer Christopher Young in Massachusetts, and with Young already establishing himself by 1990 as the master of the horror genre of film music, Patrick called upon Young for a collaboration on Hider in the House. It was a project right up the alley of Young, who had not only scored big name horror scores with large, crashing ensembles, but had extended himself into the realm of quiet suspense as well. This score in particular would be very similar in plot scenario and musical requirements to Unlawful Entry, a like-minded film of slightly better success that was scored with minimal intrusion by James Horner. The approaches by Young and Horner towards these films are arguably appropriate, but in their long list of scores released on album, neither one is particularly interesting. Both, as a matter of fact, would be released by Intrada Records and eventually "deleted" by the label at an incredible 99 cents per copy in the late 1990's.



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Average: 2.4 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 40:31
• 1. The Hider (18:27)
• 2. A Place Like Home (1:54)
• 3. Momentary Bliss (3:29)
• 4. Invisible (7:24)
• 5. Reversing Colors (4:42)
• 6. At Peace (4:12)

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The insert includes information about both the score and film.
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