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Lost Souls
(2000)
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Composed and Produced by:
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek

Conducted by:
James Shearman
Tadeusz Karolak
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(October 17th, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you're a sucker for the dark ambience and typical horror techniques of Satanic thrillers and are in the mood for one that gives the genre a refreshing taste of style.

Avoid it... if you like being pounded over the head with dominant themes and heavy liturgical chanting, both of which are held to a minimum in this surprisingly atmospheric score.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,185
WRITTEN 10/26/00, REVISED 7/7/08
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Lost Souls: (Jan A.P. Kaczmarek) Audiences had a wide variety of religious horror films to choose from around the time of the millennium changeover, and unfortunately most of them were downright awful. October, 2000's Lost Souls had initial promise because it represented the directorial debut of Janusz Kaminski, the celebrated cinematographer who won Academy Awards for both Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan. But with a weak cast and muddled script, the film lived up to its most expected, worst case scenario: a product that looked great but made no sense otherwise. It's a standard possession film, once again theorizing that Satan will begin his reign on Earth by using a normal person as a vessel. In this case, that person is a popular, atheistic author of murder mysteries who must be saved from his fate by Winona Ryder, who not only was suffering from a lost career at this point, but whose character had once been possessed herself. With the assistance of a few religious officials and inevitable exorcisms and bodies floating above beds and all the other usual nonsense that typically defines these stories, the plot of Lost Souls gave audiences too much theological rhetoric and not enough head-spinning fun. At least End of Days had a muscle-bound future governor of California fighting the always-intriguing Gabriel Byrne. For the soundtrack to Lost Souls, Kaminski turned to Polish composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, an understandable move not only due to the composer's inherent nationality, but also because of the fact that so many outstandingly dark, brooding scores had come from Polish composers throughout the 1990's. Kaczmarek had been scoring dramatic films for several years, remaining just a few steps away from the kinds of assignments that would be highlighted by mainstream media, and he was still several years from his Oscar win for Finding Neverland. For Lost Souls, he wrote a complex and suitable mass of sonic power, as well as lengthy sections of meditative reflection and prayer. The film called for a score very similar to that which you would expect for this genre: haunting, orchestrally dynamic and robust, chanting with verse, tolling on chimes, and rumbling with timpani.



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Total Time: 70:21
• 1. Lost Souls (2:54)
• 2. Father Lareau Arrives (2:13)
• 3. Exorcismus (7:52)
• 4. Maya's Lullaby (2:46)
• 5. Who is Peter Kelson? (2:03)
• 6. Bedford Church Choir (0:58)
• 7. Walking into the Unknown (2:16)
• 8. Violent Variation on Maya's Theme (3:35)
• 9. Breaking the Code (0:49)
• 10. Maya Meets Peter (1:42)
• 11. Birdson's Eyes Open (1:58)
• 12. Peter is Lonely and Afraid (1:56)
• 13. Driving to Confront Maya (0:58)
• 14. "You Are That Man, Peter" (1:40)
• 15. What's Behind the Pictures (1:43)
• 16. XES - Is there Hope? (3:06)
• 17. Haunted House of Father John (6:02)
• 18. The Pentacle (3:58)
• 19. The Bridge (1:14)
• 20. Father Lareaux Possessed (2:04)
• 21. The Last Exorcism (3:53)
• 22. Satan's Church (2:30)
• 23. Last Ride (2:32)
• 24. Maya (3:18)
• 25. Lost Souls - End Credits (3:09)
• 26. Postscriptum (2:59)

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