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Teaching Mrs. Tingle
(1999)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:
John Frizzell

Co-Produced by:
Micha Liberman

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(September 7th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you love every tribute to the techniques of Bernard Herrmann, regardless of the coherence or quality of performance behind them.

Avoid it... if you expect John Frizzell to provide the memorable or even basically serviceable personality that he often exhibits in his more straight-forward horror works.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,315
WRITTEN 9/8/99, REVISED 6/10/08
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Teaching Mrs. Tingle: (John Frizzell) Nobody ever really considered Kevin Williamson's writing talents to be top notch, and the reach of his effectiveness was proven in the late 1990's to be restrained to the genre of teenage horror flicks. Yet, after writing Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer and The Faculty (as well as being a driving force behind the "Dawson's Creek" television series), there was much anticipation for the writer's directorial debut, Teaching Mrs. Tingle. Unfortunately for Williamson, the film fell flat in so many ways that it was a career-ending embarrassment, banishing him from the director's chair to seek solace in the remaining years of "Dawson's Creek." His attempt to twist the same teenage/high school atmosphere into a witty, satirical comedy was flawed not only in its numerous written weaknesses, but also in timing. The shootings at Columbine High School the same year prompted the title of the film to be changed from "Killing Mrs. Tingle." No matter its name, Teaching Mrs. Tingle was thoroughly pounded by critics and disappointed fans of Williamson's more famous stories. Most of the films featuring that work had been scored by composers accomplished in the genre, including Marco Beltrami and John Debney. Horror veteran Christopher Young was reportedly assigned to score Teaching Mrs. Tingle, but ultimately did not complete any work for it. Instead, the rising, young talent John Frizzell received the assignment. Frizzell's career had already been diversified by 1999, though subsequent years would define the composer as an alternative source for decent horror music on B-rate projects. Despite popular perception, Teaching Mrs. Tingle isn't a horror score, however, and what makes it so difficult to appreciate is the fact that it, like the film, really doesn't fit into any genre at all. For a film about three high school students kidnapping their wicked teacher and trying to decide what to do with her, the score can't decide just how much wit, suspense, or comedy to insert at any point. It's the kind of assignment seemingly built for the devious mind of John Ottman, though neither Ottman nor Frizzell could likely have done much to help this doomed project.



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Average: 2.54 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 30:30
• 1. The Incident at School (1:59)
• 2. Untie Me... Please (2:14)
• 3. The Crossbow Accident (2:48)
• 4. Get a Television, Mrs. Tingle (1:07)
• 5. Spanky Shows Up (3:13)
• 6. I Know You (2:19)
• 7. Caught Cheating (1:36)
• 8. My Mom Has Been Very Sick (1:08)
• 9. Luke Confides in Tingle (2:29)
• 10. Close Your Eyes (1:18)
• 11. Leigh Ann Crosses the Line (1:41)
• 12. I Don't Think So (0:48)
• 13. I'm Your Friend (1:07)
• 14. Destiny (5:12)
• 15. Triumph (0:58)

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The insert includes a note from the director about the film and score.
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