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The Uninvited
(2009)
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Composed and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Orchestrated by:
Bruce Babcock
Sean McMahon

Additional Music by:
David G. Russell
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Lakeshore Records
(February 10th, 2009)
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Buy it... if eight minutes of Christopher Young's usual dose of harmonic suspense material of solemn beauty, this time in the form of eerily layered female vocals, merits the exploration of the entire score.

Avoid it... if you have difficulty appreciating Young's accomplished horror writing despite its intelligence, because The Uninvited is dominated by highly troubled vocal atmosphere with smart constructs that are extremely hard to casually enjoy.
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WRITTEN 4/28/10
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The Uninvited: (Christopher Young) With remakes of Asian horror films proven fiscally viable in America in the mid-2000's, Dreamworks bankrolled the adaptation of a 2003 Korean production called A Tale of Two Sisters. Renamed The Uninvited, the concept portrayed a mentally unstable young woman dealing with visions of ghosts and delusions of plots to harm her family. Living in a creepy coastal mansion, of course, is a prerequisite for this kind of nightmare, and the girl struggles within that environment to untangle the relationships between her and her sister, her dead mother, her father's fiancee who was once her terminally ill mother's nurse, a mental institution, and the frustrating behavior of her father. Unfortunately, the script of the 2009 remake, in the process of being toned back in terms of gore, was forced to rely upon an overarching plot surprise that was rather shallow and easy to deduce. The film did not live up to the namesake shared by an American 1944 classic of the haunted house genre, grossing decently but shrugged off by critics. The assignment for the film's score was appropriately filled by horror and suspense veteran Christopher Young, though topics of this nature are more often the domain of John Ottman in the younger generation of composers. Interestingly, the resulting score by Young has some characteristics that will remind listeners of Ottman's style for such films (which itself is likely derived in some small way from Young's writing), though there are choral techniques in the finished score for The Uninvited that served as a clear precursor to Young's massively creative Drag Me to Hell later the same year. His music for these films is always effective, but the trick to their appeal on album (outside of a small minority of listeners who seem to able to derive relaxing enjoyment out of gruesome dissonance of the most troubled nature) has always been the varying amount of harmonic suspense music that sends chills down your spine with its solitary beauty. Scores like Copycat and Species are best known for such haunting allure, and Young had explored similar lines in his overachieving music for Untraceable not long before The Uninvited. This time around, Young limits such easily digestible music to just a couple of cues and uses the remainder to twist the cleverly vocalized thematic identity in those recordings into frighteningly tormented variations. In this regard, the entirety of the score is extremely intelligent and worthy of appreciation even if, like the superior Drag Me to Hell, it's not an easy album to casually enjoy. Don't play it for your roommates in the middle of the night.



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Total Time: 48:38
• 1. The Uninvited (3:28)
• 2. Twice Told Tales (2:22)
• 3. I'm At a Party (3:36)
• 4. Glass Act (1:35)
• 5. Bloody Milk (3:25)
• 6. Corpse Christmas (5:41)
• 7. Pairs in Love (1:50)
• 8. Terror on the Water (3:13)
• 9. Twin Nightmares (4:18)
• 10. Cry of Love (5:30)
• 11. Working Dreams (2:41)
• 12. The Screaming Bell (2:01)
• 13. What Have You Done? (2:42)
• 14. A Dance With No One (1:33)
• 15. Tale of Two Sisters (4:43)

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