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Nightbreed
(1990)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Produced by:
Steve Bartek

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Shirley Walker

Choral Sequences Performed by:
Members of the L.A. Master Chorale
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
MCA Records
(March 20th, 1990)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release. Sold new at online stores for an extreme discount of $5 in the mid-late 1990's due to overstock, a curious re-issue of the album on July 28th, 1998 by MCA has returned the product to a $15 value in the 2000s.
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Buy it... if you want to hear Danny Elfman's most adventurous and instrumentally diverse horror score to date.

Avoid it... if only fifteen minutes of thematic beauty and/or intrigue can't compensate for half an hour of brutal, though harmonious symphonic horror music.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #804
WRITTEN 7/22/98, REVISED 1/30/06
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Nightbreed: (Danny Elfman) Based on his novella titled "Cabal," horror writer Clive Barker teamed with horror director David Cronenberg to make Nightbreed, though the film's mortal mistake is the fact that Barker was directing his adaptation of his script and Cronenberg was in a lifeless acting role in front of the camera. To try to describe the plot of Nightbreed would do injustice to the metaphysical division in the film between the living and the undead, though it should suffice to say that Nightbreed is a significantly less gory and slightly more romantic variation on Barker's Hellraiser ideas that were translated to screen just a few years earlier. While the plot and acting of Nightbreed was certainly not destined to win any awards, the visual effects and make-up were, as usual, top notch... with monsters of all sorts existing in the nether regions between Hell and the land of the living. The music for Barker's universe was clearly defined with great success by Christopher Young for Hellraiser, though Danny Elfman's take on the Barker universe in Nightbreed was comparatively decent, if not even more interesting in its diversity of instrumentation. Elfman was in "sucker" mode in the late 1980's and early 1990's... a clear sucker for any project dripping with both tragedy and blood, and Nightbreed would extend this fascination to the martyr-related genre as well. One problem that Elfman was facing in his orchestral writing was the massive dominance of Batman in his early career, with every project thereafter (until Edward Scissorhands) serving up some small level of disappointment for Elfman's newfound fans by comparison to the music for Gotham. Compounding the problem was a mundane score for Darkman, a work that repeated many of the motifs from Batman with little infusion of style or individuality. While Nightbreed is no classic either, it is a rather unique entry in Elfman's career, for the composer rarely ventured into the large-scale horror before Sleepy Hollow finely tuned his skills there.

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165 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.19 Stars
***** 45 5 Stars
**** 29 4 Stars
*** 33 3 Stars
** 29 2 Stars
* 29 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 46:38
• 1. Main Titles (2:40)
• 2. Dream (1:03)
• 3. Carnival Underground (3:23)
• 4. Into Midian (2:31)
• 5. Meat for the Beast (2:10)
• 6. Resurrection Suite (3:37)
• 7. Boone Transforms (0:56)
• 8. The Initiation (2:50)
• 9. Scalping Time (1:54)
• 10. Rachel's Oratory (1:04)
• 11. Party in the Past (0:51)
• 12. Poor Babette (1:41)
• 13. Uh-Oh... Decker! (1:39)
• 14. "Then Don't Say It!" (1:28)
• 15. Boone Gets a Taste (2:44)
• 16. Breed Love (1:02)
• 17. Mayhem Midian (1:43)
• 18. Baphomet's Chamber (2:01)
• 19. Farewell (0:59)
• 20. 2nd Chance (1:34)
• 21. End Credits (4:33)
• 22. Country Skin - performed by Michael Stanton (4:15)

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