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Halloween H20 (Portrait of Terror)
(1998)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Original Theme by:
John Carpenter

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Conducted by:
Damon Intrabarolo
Frank Macchia

Co-Orchestrated and Vocals by:
Deborah Lurie
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(October 20th, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you're a fan of the Halloween franchise and want to hear the superior original score intended to be heard in the seventh film.

Avoid it... if you're accustomed to the level of orchestral and thematic creativity that John Ottman displayed in Usual Suspects and Incognito.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #878
WRITTEN 10/26/98, REVISED 3/30/08
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Halloween H20: (John Ottman) Oh, the woes of a brainless studio. The only reason this, the seventh entry of the Halloween series, came to be was due to the involvement of original writer Kevin Williamson and star Jamie Lee Curtis, resurrecting a franchise that had turned hopelessly stupid and giving it what was thought to be, at the time, a proper burial. The film is arguably the most sensible since John Carpenter's original, and Miramax was determined to offer it to audiences with convincing sincerity. The events of the film are a predictable tribute to the original, though a few more humanizing elements of the battle between Michael Myers and Laurie Strode are explored. In the end, a final confrontation between an axe-wielding Curtis and her masked opponent is, of course, inevitable. One aspect of Miramax's attempt to make Halloween H20 into a serious venture was the hiring of rising horror composer John Ottman to beef up Carpenter's original theme and give the franchise its first intelligent score of significant size. Despite Ottman's efforts to do just that, the music heard in the film was a studio-mandated, rearranged mess. A few major film reviewers commented that they would have preferred to have heard more variations on Carpenter's theme rather than the generic slasher style of music actually used in much of the film. While some, like respected reviewer James Berardinelli, blamed Ottman for this music, it was actually Marco Beltrami that deserved the mention. Miramax moved up the release date of the film and claimed that they did not have time to show the film to test audiences with Ottman's original music. Thus, a final soundtrack including only parts of Ottman's work and lengthy pieces of Beltrami's temp-tracked scores for Scream and Mimic was used and eventually preferred by the studio to such an extent that they flew in Beltrami to write synthetic bridges between the pieces of his music and Ottman's original material. Obviously, the tracking of Beltrami's music into the film was not a success, and any observation of both the film and Ottman's complete score will reveal Miramax's stupidity in the post-production management of the endeavor.

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Average: 3.06 Stars
***** 40 5 Stars
**** 46 4 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 50:51
• 1. Main Title (4:26)
• 2. Laurie (2:47)
• 3. Narrow Escape (1:57)
• 4. Advice (1:38)
• 5. Rest Stop (1:41)
• 6. Disposal (3:08)
• 7. The Evening Begins (2:17)
• 8. Seventeen (5:11)
• 9. Face to Face (6:02)
• 10. Letting Go (1:02)
• 11. Here's Company (4:14)
• 12. Sonata for Molly (2:01)
• 13. Death of a Nurse (3:56)
• 14. Final Confrontation (4:34)
• 15. He's Dead (1:52)
• 16. Road Trip (2:03)
• 17. Farewell, Michael (2:55)

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The insert includes extensive credits and several notes written by Ottman's friends and colleagues about his previous works.
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