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Virus
(1999)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
David Slonaker

Performances by:
Judd Miller
Ron Aston
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Hip-O Records
(January 12th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you never balk at the chance to add another guilty pleasure to your collection, regardless of its highly derivative nature.

Avoid it... if 35 minutes of dull suspense and horror music (Joel McNeely's first efforts in the genre) can't justify five minutes of stunning action material and 15 minutes of delicious tributes to numerous genre cliches.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #628
WRITTEN 1/24/99, REVISED 6/11/08
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Virus: (Joel McNeely) There really is no excuse for the existence of Virus, an incredibly dull and uninspired remake of the film Deep Rising, which hadn't exactly impressed anyone itself the previous year. Pieces of the Alien franchise are littered throughout the story as well, which is supposedly based on a Dark Horse Comic Book Series by Chuck Pfarrer. The concept of Virus involves the crew of a salvage tugboat that attempts to claim an adrift Russian science vessel as bounty. As expected, however, a beam of energy from space has hit the ship during a typhoon and turned its mechanized systems into a cyborg-creating menace that seeks to kill everything it encounters. Extremely dark photography, unconvincing special effects, and alien creatures that bore are all defining aspects of a film that was soundly greeted with critical insults. Universal slipped the film under the mainstream radar in January of 1999 and little has been made of it since. For composer Joel McNeely, Virus was just another entry in a string of failed action ventures that he (and many of his fans) had hoped would launch the promising young artist into the mainstream. Instead, after The Avengers, Soldier, and Virus, among other flops, McNeely's career retreated back to conducting duties and a plethora of unremarkable scoring chores for obscure projects. Like nearly everyone else in the production, McNeely was the target of a fair amount of criticism for his contribution. It was his first venture in the horror genre and, on par with those other elements of Virus, his music is extremely derivative of existing works. McNeely had the reputation at the time of being able to very capably emulate the styles of John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith, which won him the admiration and high hopes of many, but also caused him to write music that constantly reminded listeners of more established composers rather than branching out and clearly defining himself. For Virus, he so thoroughly emulates the styles of the first two Alien scores (by Goldsmith and James Horner) and a handful of John Frizzell and James Newton Howard works that Virus, despite its strengths, seems cheap.



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Average: 2.86 Stars
***** 40 5 Stars
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Seriously, how can you call this boring?
Richard Kleiner - September 27, 2010, at 8:39 p.m.
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Boy, bootlegs are a hoot
Richard Kleiner - September 27, 2010, at 7:59 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 50:23
• 1. Volkov and the Mir (2:14)
• 2. Typhoon Leah (6:19)
• 3. Another Ship (4:17)
• 4. Anchor's Away (2:16)
• 5. Squeaky Gets Greased (2:11)
• 6. Nadia Runs (1:10)
• 7. Nadua's Story (3:17)
• 8. Seven Footer Chase (3:31)
• 9. Turkey Hunting (2:58)
• 10. We Can Kill This Thing (3:59)
• 11. Robo-Captain (5:14)
• 12. Interrogation (2:49)
• 13. Sinking the Ship (4:21)
• 14. End Credits (5:42)

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