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The Vampire's Assistant
(2009)
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Composed and Produced by:
Stephen Trask

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
Edgardo Simone
David Slonaker
Darren McKenzie

Additional Music or Arrangements by:
Lior Rosner
Amanda Goodpaster
Igor Nemirovsky

Performed by:
The Hollywood Symphony Orchestra
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(October 20th, 2009)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you accept even the vampire genre's most generic orchestral and synthetic tones, a blend of tired but effective sounds from scores like Queen of the Damned and Twilight.

Avoid it... if you require a score that establishes a cohesive stylistic character or narrative flow and thus provides more than just an immediate, basic mood for each scene.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,487
WRITTEN 10/24/09
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Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant: (Stephen Trask) So you want to get rich quick? Forget all those annoying scams you see on television and online. Instead, write a series of novels about teenagers coming into contact with vampire cultures. Twist the vampire mythos however you desire; let not historical precedence inform your narrative. Saturate your story with coming of age and self-discovery subplots, interpersonal conflicts of a high school setting, and throw in some marginally original fantasy elements to cover your ass from a plagiarism lawsuit. Market your simplistic novels to the teenage crowd and await a healthy check from a studio or producer interested in translating several of your novels into what hopefully will yield a franchise of films, even if it means cramming and twisting parts of several of your books into a cliffhanger of a first film. Have that film released around Halloween and hope for its marketing campaign to go viral. After all, young people, for some strange reason, love vampires these days, and when is there a better time than Halloween to suck the cash from their cheap plastic wallets and purses? The good news is that despite the 2009 Universal film Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant following this formula precisely, there are no signs that studios plan to abandon their plight for vampire profits anytime soon. Based on Darren Shan's "Vampire Blood" trilogy, The Vampire's Assistant covers plot fragments from several novels, leaving all the basic, stereotypical pieces of the story hanging for a sequel that hopefully will never come. It suffices to say that some young, handsome dip gets involved by accident with a vampire culture at war for centuries and he has to become one of them to save a friend, fulfill a debt, reject his new powers, meet strange people, and eventually look super-cool. Unfortunately, along with the evolution of the vampire sub-genre of horror films from Hollywood towards the quality of mindless, lower budget trash, so too has the music in these films lost its way. Over the thirty years prior to The Vampire's Assistant, the scores for vampire films have gone from the realm of John Williams, Wojciech Kilar, George Fenton, and Elliot Goldenthal to that of Richard Gibbs, Jonathan Davis, Carter Burwell, and Stephen Trask. As a result, the music for these films continues to scratch tediously at the walls.



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Average: 2.48 Stars
***** 21 5 Stars
**** 25 4 Stars
*** 47 3 Stars
** 58 2 Stars
* 58 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 70:33
• 1. The Whistle Song (1:38)
• 2. The Vampire's Assistant (2:46)
• 3. College! Job! Family! (1:15)
• 4. Destiny (1:30)
• 5. Sneaking Out (1:34)
• 6. The Show (a. Welcome b. The Wolfman c. Dance of the Bearded Lady d. Octa's Jig) (3:43)
• 7. Obsessed (1:43)
• 8. Book of Souls (0:50)
• 9. What I Was Meant For (2:54)
• 10. Limousine (2:58)
• 11. Octa Escapes (2:49)
• 12. The Vampire's Bargain (3:13)
• 13. You Held Your Breath, Right? (0:49)
• 14. You Can't Just Leave (3:24)
• 15. Graveyard (2:52)
• 16. The Cirque du Freak (1:53)
• 17. I Have Returned (1:02)
• 18. Not Drinking Blood?* (2:46)
• 19. New Pants (1:15)
• 20. Rooftop (2:05)
• 21. Blood Will Have Blood (2:01)
• 22. Headache for Nothing (1:09)
• 23. The Vampaneze Attack (4:44)
• 24. Don't Go Home/Little Vampire** (3:56)
• 25. Blood Brother Reunion** (2:40)
• 26. The War Begins** (9:24)
• 27. Vampire Bird (3:27)
* composed by Stephen Trask and Amanda Goodpaster
** composed by Stephen Trask and Lior Rosner

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