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Thirteen Ghosts
(2001)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:
John Frizzell

Conducted by:
Adam Stern

Co-Produced by:
Adam Barber
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(November 6th, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release, but completely out of print.
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Buy it... if you wish to hear what arguably stands as the most cohesive of John Frizzell's usually mundane, stock horror scores.

Avoid it... if only five to ten minutes of entertaining, rip-snorting music of mechanical precision doesn't justify the lengthy album presentation.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #567
WRITTEN 9/17/03, REVISED 2/11/09
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Thirteen Ghosts: (John Frizzell) This remake of William Castle's 1960 classic of the same name follows the basic structure of the prior storyline and utilizes modern set technologies to update its visual appeal. Met with harsh criticism from audiences and critics alike, director Steve Beck's 2001 version of Thirteen Ghosts is a film that is surprisingly short on believable characters and truly frightening sequences, and it's even more surprisingly short on overall running time. The production attempted to compensate for these flaws by presenting the haunted house with brilliant, elaborate sets of glass and steel that truly steal the entire show. The family that enters the house, claiming it as inheritance from a dead eccentric uncle, accidentally starts up a bizarre machine within its basement, causing its massive gears and glass walls to shift unpredictably and, in an unrelated twist, unleashing twelve ghosts who want to kill one of them and thus, as thirteen in sum, unleash the forces of Hell on our microwave and fast-food loving population. Estate taxes have never been so much bloody fun. The film's subject matter was remarkably similar to the kind of stereotypical genre work to which composer John Fizzell had usually been assigned early in his career. Until his 180 degree turn in 2003, when his breakout score for Gods and Generals shocked score listeners around the globe, Frizzell was the master of scoring films in which poorly developed characters are running away from scary threats, whether natural or otherwise. After Alien Resurrection and Dante's Peak, Frizzell followed Thirteen Ghosts with a nearly identical genre project for Ghost Ship in 2002. With so many overwhelming similarities between the overarching elements of the plots of Thirteen Ghosts and Ghost Ship, it's hard not to compare the two endeavors for Frizzell. The composer was attempting to establish a new sound that would tread somewhere in between the styles of Marco Beltrami and John Debney, whose contemporary horror sounds had become the standard Hollywood issue. Frizzell had typically stayed away from electronic elements, favoring unique instrumentation of a traditional orchestra instead, and that formula largely continues here.



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Average: 3.05 Stars
***** 46 5 Stars
**** 54 4 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 60:16
• 1. The Juggernaut (3:32)
• 2. What's in the Basement? (2:06)
• 3. Main Title (2:58)
• 4. Entering the House (3:22)
• 5. Cyrus' Will (3:01)
• 6. Rafkin Struck Down (1:54)
• 7. The Jackal Attacks (1:54)
• 8. The Princess (2:38)
• 9. Junkyard (3:18)
• 10. Opening of the Chambers (3:35)
• 11. Rafkin Dies (1:26)
• 12. Ben Moss Splits (3:13)
• 13. The Hammer (1:06)
• 14. Leaving the Library (2:47)
• 15. Gene Returns (2:53)
• 16. The Ghosts Escape (1:52)
• 17. The Arcana (2:17)
• 18. Gene Returns (2:53)
• 19. Bobby Gets Lost (3:23)
• 20. Cyrus Returns (2:18)
• 21. The 13th Ghost (3:40)
• 22. The Machine Destroyed (4:10)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes no extra information about the score or film. The two tracks titled "Gene Returns" (#15 and #18) are redundant.
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