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Hider in the House
(1989)
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1992 Intrada
2018 Intrada
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Composed, Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Allan Wilson
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Intrada Records
(November 24th, 1992)

Intrada Records
(December 3rd, 2018)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1992 Intrada album was a regular U.S. release, but it went out of print as of 1998. The 2018 Intrada re-issue is limited to an unknown quantity and available at an initial price of $18 at soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... if you don't mind the atmosphere of an extremely understated, mellow, and underwhelming score with shrieking explosions of terror interspersed.

Avoid it... if you consider most generic and mundane suspense scores of muted presence to be lifeless and uninspiring, this one more boring than offensive.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,339
WRITTEN 3/15/97, REVISED 9/1/20
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Hider in the House: (Christopher Young) Had this film been made ten years later, it may very well have been nothing more than a late-night cable television affair. With a cast boasting two regularly supporting stars, Hider in the House is an urban horror/thriller with a frightfully predictable plot. A man abused as a child (played by the reliable freak, Gary Busey) has been released from twenty years of institutionalized care after killing his parents in a fire and decides to secretly build an apartment in the attic of a random, huge Colonial-style home and hide there in solitude. A family moves into the house, not knowing of the secret occupant in the attic (which should remind everyone to check their insulation up there regularly, just in case you have Gary Busey hanging out up there), and slowly the man leaves hints of his existence and surprisingly saves the family from accidents. After exposing the father of the family as an adulterer, the stranger befriends and eventually terrorizes the mother of the family (Mimi Rogers). It's a psycho-in-the-attic tale without anything particularly new or refreshing about the angle on the story, and the film's popularity sank immediately upon release. Director Matthew Patrick had been a childhood classmate of composer Christopher Young in Massachusetts, and with Young already establishing himself by 1990 as the master of the horror genre of film music, Patrick called upon Young for a collaboration on Hider in the House. It was a project right up the alley of Young, who had not only scored big name horror scores with large, crashing ensembles, but had already extended himself into the realm of quiet suspense as well. The film in particular would be very similar in plot scenario and musical requirements to Unlawful Entry, a like-minded film of slightly better success that was scored with minimal intrusion by James Horner. Young opts for a more authentic, orchestral presence whereas Horner went the abrasively synthetic route. The approaches by Young and Horner towards these films are arguably appropriate, but compared to the composers' long filmographies and fantastic releases on album, neither one is particularly interesting. Both scores, as a matter of fact, were released by Intrada Records and eventually "deleted" by the label at an incredible 99 cents per copy in the late 1990's.


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Average: 2.31 Stars
***** 14 5 Stars
**** 13 4 Stars
*** 21 3 Stars
** 37 2 Stars
* 47 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
All Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 40:31
• 1. The Hider (18:27)
• 2. A Place Like Home (1:54)
• 3. Momentary Bliss (3:29)
• 4. Invisible (7:24)
• 5. Reversing Colors (4:42)
• 6. At Peace (4:12)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The inserts of both Intrada albums include information about the score and film.
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