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Ghost Ship
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Composed and Co-Produced by:
John Frizzell

Conducted by:
Nick Ingman

Co-Produced by:
Tom Trafalski
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Varèse Sarabande
(November 5th, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if only about five minutes of truly engaging, memorable horror and resolution music is worth another roughly thirty cues of predictable genre cliches.

Avoid it... if you, like most viewers, seek the song performances that were most prominently featured in the film, for this otherwise lengthy album omits the majority of them.
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WRITTEN 6/17/03, REVISED 2/18/09
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Ghost Ship: (John Frizzell) A haunted house thriller set at sea, Ghost Ship is not surprisingly shallow in character development and reliant instead on a plethora of poorly illuminated sets. Featuring an average cast (with more than its fair share of television medical drama veterans), the film took the tired story of a ghost ship lost at sea with a treasure onboard and twisted it into a stylish and mysterious thriller for the salvage team that discovers it all too easily. The fact that the name of this fictional ship, Antonia Graza, and its fate are an obvious suggestion of the true to life cruise liner Andrea Doria, not to mention the countless fallacies of logic that exist before the apparitions even begin to appear and the carnage begins, is irritatingly unsatisfying. Following a series of sub-standard scores for regrettable films, John Frizzell was still showing signs of creative promise in with horror flicks like Thirteen Ghosts. By late 2002, the composer collaborated once again with director Steve Beck to produce a massive score for Ghost Ship in the same genre and then surprise audiences with a magnificent effort for Gods and Generals in early 2003. Unfortunately, the film and score suffered the same deficiencies in terms of anonymity and the exploration of more subplots than could be adequately fleshed out and resolved at the end. Frizzell's score was forced to complete with far more memorable song placements in the film, not to mention the mixing of sound effects that often obscured what few interesting subtleties exist in the music. The irony in the fact that most casual viewers of the film remember only the songs exists in the scope of the score, which is enormous in size and quantity. Stylistically, Frizzell tap dances around some old genre cliches while diving head first into others, producing a score with drama, fright, and a slight hint of elegance at times as well. His score utilizes every conceivable choice of instrumentation, from the full symphony to a solo female voice and an array of synthesized elements. Unfortunately for Frizzell, all of these performers go unguided for the majority of the work, leaving the overall composition as a wandering, lost soul. Although on some level perhaps this ungrounded technique in structure is warranted given the plot of Ghost Ship, a lack of concrete motifs and memorable orchestration (despite the promising ingredients) is a blow from which the score cannot recover. With all the elements in place, Frizzell's mistake was his choice to restrain the score from inhabiting a single, memorable sense of continuity.

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Average: 2.92 Stars
***** 85 5 Stars
**** 107 4 Stars
*** 126 3 Stars
** 88 2 Stars
* 114 1 Stars
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techno like song
Georgia - October 31, 2007, at 7:25 a.m.
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RE: song on ghostship
Brittany - July 31, 2007, at 11:08 a.m.
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The name of a song on Ghost Ship
skylan russell - March 20, 2006, at 1:19 p.m.
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Does anyone know where I can find this song?
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Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 73:55
• 1. The Discovery (1:51)
• 2. Falling Apart (1:55)
• 3. The Arctic Warrior (1:37)
• 4. The Deal (3:16)
• 5. The Antonia Graza (3:18)
• 6. Welcome Aboard (1:53)
• 7. How's it Going up There (0:56)
• 8. Falling Through (0:55)
• 9. Touring the Ship (2:14)
• 10. The Marie Celeste (1:36)
• 11. I Saw a Little Girl (1:45)
• 12. No Unexpected Guests (2:12)
• 13. Bullet Holes (1:08)
• 14. Carina di Capitano (0:52)
• 15. Katie Appears (1:47)
• 16. Meeting the Captain (2:44)
• 17. The Bodies (1:23)
• 18. Francesca Appears (1:29)
• 19. The Freezer (1:10)
• 20. Finding Gold (1:10)
• 21. Work to Do (1:53)
• 22. Santos Dies (1:21)
• 23. My Little Box* (4:09)
• 24. Go to Hell (1:55)
• 25. Bon Appetite (1:58)
• 26. Katie's Dolls (1:22)
• 27. The Ballroom Reverts (1:37)
• 28. Francesca's Theme (1:00)
• 29. Epps Meets Katie (1:44)
• 30. Survivor (1:12)
• 31. Katie Disappears (1:14)
• 32. The Fight (2:33)
• 33. Repairs (1:29)
• 34. Underwater (1:59)
• 35. Greer's Body (0:59)
• 36. Murphy's Body (1:19)
• 37. I Guess It's Over (5:33)
• 38. The Graza Explodes (0:39)
• 39. The Souls Ascend (3:24)
* written by John Frizzell, Gabriel Rutman, and Micha Liberman, and performed by Gabriel Mann

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The insert includes minimal performance credits and no extra information about the score or film.
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