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Warlock
(1989)
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1989 Intrada/Silva
2015 Intrada
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Intrada Records
(America)
(November 24th, 1989)

Silva Screen Records
(Europe)
(November 24th, 1989)

Intrada Records
(March 16th, 2015)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Both the 1989 Intrada and Silva Screen albums (with identical contents) were regular commercial releases in their respective regions. After both versions went out of print, it wasn't uncommon for a copy to sell for $50 or more. The 2015 Intrada album, joined by a vinyl option, is limited to an unknown quantity and retailed primarily through soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $20.
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Buy it... if even a bland, surprisingly uninspired combination of Jerry Goldsmith's trademark sound effects, instrumental choices, recognizable motifs, and basic synthesized rhythms can sustain your interest.

Avoid it... if you expect Goldsmith to make much of an effort to raise a little hell when a warlock is trying to hasten the end of the world, his understated score a boring, muted journey for most of its length.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #883
WRITTEN 1/13/98, REVISED 4/12/16
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Warlock: (Jerry Goldsmith) Movies about the son of Satan traveling through time to spur the end of the world can't be all that bad, though Warlock certainly tried its best to reside among the worst. From the makers of the Friday the 13th series, Warlock also spawned a couple of sequels, but not ones that many theologians would really want to remember. In this original entry, actor Julian Sands is the perverse warlock pursued by a supernatural hunter played by B-film equal Richard E. Grant, and the journey towards the doom of mankind begins in 17th Century Boston and eventually (and conveniently) plagues 1980's Los Angeles. Typical horror cliches, including finger chopping, tongue biting, and a certain flair for sexual deviation, occupy a rather lousy script that pulls elements without much adaptation from The Terminator and Highlander. The movie was plagued not only by last minute plot changes in an attempt to find its proper tone, but the bankruptcy of its studio, which led to a two-year delay in its release. Even after attempts to salvage the project, everything about Warlock was saturated with cheap, 1980's slapstick style, including its cheesy special effects and its badly dated original score. Composer Jerry Goldsmith spent the late 1980's wandering between hopelessly failing projects in the darker genres, including a notable rejected work along these lines. His experimentation with electronic textures in the decade had led him down a path to both his strongest and weakest works of the digital era, and Warlock came at the same time as his least interesting synthetic effort, Criminal Law. But as heard in the also concurrent Leviathan and Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Goldsmith was still utilizing electronics in his scores to great ends when he built the scores on top of a solid orchestral base. On the surface, Warlock would have seemed like a project for which Goldsmith could pull out some of his cheesy, over-the-top fun, especially with his history in the franchise of The Omen.



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193 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.63 Stars
***** 25 5 Stars
**** 28 4 Stars
*** 41 3 Stars
** 50 2 Stars
* 49 1 Stars
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Great music.
hewhomustnotbenamed - August 5, 2012, at 2:41 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1989 Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 54:43
• 1. The Sentence (4:03)
• 2. Ill Wind (2:06)
• 3. The Ring (2:16)
• 4. The Trance (5:31)
• 5. Old Age (4:10)
• 6. Growing Pains (5:34)
• 7. The Weather Vane (5:01)
• 8. Nails (4:24)
• 9. The Uninvited (4:54)
• 10. Salt Water Attack (8:42)
• 11. The Salt Flats (7:07)
2015 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 71:51

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The insert of neither 1989 album includes extra information about the score or film. That of the 2015 Intrada album contains notes about both.
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