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Wild Things
(1998)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:
George S. Clinton

Co-Orchestrated by:
Suzie Katayama
Rick Giovinazzo
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(April 7th, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... as a faithful souvenir of the film, its sultry and seedy atmosphere representing the America's Deep South and the blatant sexuality of the plot with stewing, contemporary allure.

Avoid it... if you don't want the feeling that you need to take a shower after listening to thirty minutes of this rare blend of rhythmic sensuality and orchestral suspense.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,863
WRITTEN 1/2/12
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Wild Things: (George S. Clinton) You don't often find explicit threesomes, lesbian fluid swaps, full male frontal nudity, and actors Bill Murray and Robert Wagner all included in the same mainstream American movie, but the erotic 1998 thriller Wild Things has achieved cult status for those dubious reasons. A mixture affluence and trailer trash in a Florida community leads to a mystery story involving the payoff of a libel claim against a rich family. Conspiring for the money are characters portrayed by Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, and Denise Richards, most of whom having sex with each other in various eye-catching combinations as they maneuver to win control of the fortune. The plot misdirects audiences several times by revealing layers of deceit after each raunchy rendezvous, pushing the limits of the MPAA's "R" rating for strong sexuality and nudity. While Wild Things didn't generate massive profits at the time of its release, a strong secondary life on video (largely due to its entertaining and effective casting) has propelled it to notoriety in the years since, spawning at least three sequels that all attempt to essentially remake the original movie with a different selection of flesh. To describe the film as seedy and sultry would capture its truly unholy demeanor, and that tone is extended substantially by George S. Clinton's original score. Despite the fact that many of the composer's best triumphs in the realm of B-rate movie scores were still to come, Wild Things represented a project for which Clinton's sensibilities were perfectly suited. He played the Everglades atmosphere of the film in extremely obvious fashion, throwing in performances by "Morphine" members Mark Sandman and Dana Colley, Sarah Bettens of "K's Choice," and Greg Camp of "Smash Mouth" to enhance the contemporary appeal of his soundscape. There is definitely an aspect of the Deep South that Clinton's jazz and Western style lends itself to well, and one could say that Wild Things is one of his signature works. That descriptor applies to one half of the score, that which makes use of the Southern flavor to such a great end. The other half of the score consists of rather mundane orchestral thriller techniques, including nervous piano, harp, and string work that tries hard to emulate the likes of Jerry Goldsmith and Bernard Herrmann but instead comes across as contrived. That failure to really generate stellar suspense music is actually to the gain of Wild Things, however, because there's a feeling of cheapness to it that enhances the movie's naughtiness.



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80 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.82 Stars
***** 12 5 Stars
**** 15 4 Stars
*** 18 3 Stars
** 17 2 Stars
* 18 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 36:37
• 1. Main Title (2:56)
• 2. Gator Tango (2:17)
• 3. I Had My Chance - performed by Morphine (3:02)
• 4. Outside (1:58)
• 5. Lizard Road (2:23)
• 6. Gremlin (1:46)
• 7. After Tonight (5:15)
• 8. Dfmo (2:06)
• 9. Dom Periodontal (2:18)
• 10. Dead Kelly (2:10)
• 11. Good Shootin (1:14)
• 12. Murder For the Money - performed by Morphine (3:30)
• 13. End Credits (5:14)

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