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House on Haunted Hill
(1999)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Erik Lundborg
Ira Hearshen
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Varèse Sarabande
(November 2nd, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you think that trashy horror films should be accompanied by equally campy, violently dynamic scores that stretch the boundaries of the genre while tipping the hat to old, predictable styles.

Avoid it... if you want anything remotely resembling a coherent and consistent listening experience.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #858
WRITTEN 11/19/99, REVISED 8/4/08
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House on Haunted Hill: (Don Davis) Released just prior to Halloween, 1999, this remake of the William Castle cult classic of 1958 was ill-conceived in nearly every sense. It walked willingly into every predictable pitfall of dumb horror flicks and it was appropriately bashed by critics and shunned by audiences. A group of strangers is dared to stay overnight in a haunted, old asylum in which many died in the 1930's, and somewhere in the confusion of the borrowing of ideas from The Haunting of Hill House, the script of William Malone's newer version completely lost the point of the Vincent Price original. The main problem with the newer House on Haunted Hill was the fact that the house itself was the only likable character, making viewers eager to see how quickly each of its victims could be dispatched. A wild edit of sound effects (to coincide with the film's significant visual effects budget) largely drowns out Don Davis' score for the project, which is somewhat of a shame given the composer's obvious sense of camp that defines his contribution. Davis was late in the process of redefining his career from orchestrator to composer, with the unexpected success of The Matrix earlier in 1999 proving to be the industry's wake-up call regarding his arrival. His writing career was defined in that period by a series of suspense and horror thrillers (The Matrix included) that often explored territory familiar to fans of Christopher Young. The smart and creative, yet loud and obnoxious scores for these films were often schizophrenic in style, serving as good examples of the composer's wide range of talents but not always yielding strong individual scores. Without a doubt, House on Haunted Hill is exactly this type of effort. Davis obviously approached the project with a decent sense of humor, from the variety of music genres adapted for the picture's core identity all the way to the track listings on the score's album release. There is over-the-top Gothic mayhem to be heard in House on Haunted Hill, with stereotypes well explored but complimented by a collection of completely bizarre tangents that Davis uses to emphasize the silliness of particular scenes. It's a score that's easy to admire, but extremely difficult to enjoy in its entirety. Some passages will sound tired, others will be strokes of genius, and a few are completely intolerable.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 54:14
• 1. Main Title (2:29)
• 2. Pencil Neck (1:05)
• 3. Hans Verbosemann (1:47)
• 4. House Humongous (1:20)
• 5. Piano Quartet in G Minor, Opus 25* (2:32)
• 6. Funky Old House (1:52)
• 7. No Exit (1:08)
• 8. Gun Control (1:25)
• 9. Surprise (1:20)
• 10. Price Pestiferous (1:35)
• 11. Misty Misogamy (1:53)
• 12. Coagulatory Calamity (3:59)
• 13. Melissa in Wonderland (3:45)
• 14. Sorry, Tulip (1:25)
• 15. Struggling to Escape (1:47)
• 16. Soiree a Saturation (3:18)
• 17. On the House (1:34)
• 18. Dead But Nice (2:05)
• 19. Blackburn's Surprise (0:48)
• 20. Encountering Mr. Blackburn (2:03)
• 21. The Price Petard (1:58)
• 22. Epiphanic Evelyn (3:48)
• 23. The Corpus Delicti Committee Meeting (2:26)
• 24. Price in Perpetuity (2:55)
• 25. The Beast with the Least (3:06)
* written by Johannes Brahms, arranged by Don Davis

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