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Lake Placid
(1999)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Damon Intrabartolo
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Varèse Sarabande
(July 27th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you are a completist of John Ottman's music, for Lake Placid is among his least inspired, unenthusiastic scores.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear the vibrant orchestral instrumentation and dynamic recording mix that lured many listeners to Ottman's works of the era.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,247
WRITTEN 8/31/99, REVISED 5/6/08
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Lake Placid: (John Ottman) There always has to be some catchy technique used in today's mutant monster flicks in order to seduce audiences into a predictable series of scares, and unfortunately, Lake Placid didn't provide that distinctive element. It remains among the worst films ever produced in its genre, shunned and ridiculed by critics and audiences alike. Television writer and producer David E. Kelley teamed with Halloween H20 director Steve Miner to create the ridiculous premise that a 30-foot Asian crocodile would take up residence in a pristine New England lake and, upon eating a game warden, a silly crew of four dumbasses would hunt down the beast to either kill it or capture it. When the highlight of an entire mainstream motion picture hinges on a scene in which a cow is dangled over the lake as bait for the jumpy crocodile, you know you're in trouble. The whole production was bland and generic, and that attitude carries over to John Ottman's score. Given the troubles that Ottman had with his previous Miner collaboration (with his score for Halloween H20 largely rejected), it's not surprising that Lake Placid turned into something of a production nightmare itself. Ottman's contract called for the large orchestral score to be recorded specifically with a non-union ensemble, saving costs. In Los Angeles, assembling such a group (of mostly student performers) led to a significant backlash from forces representing the musicians' unions, and Ottman and his crew were forced to move the recording process to Seattle at the last minute. Ottman had used musicians in Seattle for Snow White: A Tale of Terror with strong results, though the hassle that this deviation caused the process is reflected in the score's quality. Not only does it not sound as well rendered in mix as works like Goodbye Lover and Incognito, but it lacks enthusiasm in its performance.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 47:10
• 1. Main Title (2:27)
• 2. Hector's Here (1:10)
• 3. Close Call (4:00)
• 4. Udder Preparations (4:02)
• 5. Love Games (2:24)
• 6. Reluctant Passengers (1:47)
• 7. Morgue/Scary Beaver (4:11)
• 8. Scouting (2:23)
• 9. Here He Comes! (4:56)
• 10. Making a Move/Jack (2:11)
• 11. Swimming with Croc (3:36)
• 12. Hector's Mind (2:47)
• 13. Weird Things/Dinner Time (2:51)
• 14. Ground Rules (1:44)
• 15. Trapping Croc/Resolution (5:29)
• 16. The Lake/Hitching a Ride (1:05)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a short note from the director of the film, but does not contain the usual commentary that Ottman usually supplies to the albums of his works.
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