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The Crazies
(2010)
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Composed and Produced by:

Performed by:
The Sodden Dog Electronic Arts Ensemble

Additional Music by:
Cindy O'Connor
Bob Lydecker
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(February 23rd, 2010)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you are well aware of (and appreciate) Mark Isham's tendencies when producing low budget, synthetic scores of mostly atmosphere, because The Crazies really explores no new territory of significant interest.

Avoid it... if only roughly five minutes of spooky harmony of an attractively eerie nature is not enough to sustain a laborious, hour-long presentation of this effective, but drab suspense music on album.
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The Crazies: (Mark Isham) Likely viewed by its small studio as a quick way to make some cash, 2010's The Crazies is a remake of a 1973 film of the same name. Both low budget horror flicks feature a concept in which a small town's water supply is contaminated and causes so much insanity that drastic measures have to be taken to control the problem. The friendly Iowa town turns against itself, each of its inhabitants becoming a nutty homicidal freak, a spin-off of the related zombie genre. The 2010 production is far from pleasant viewing, especially once the government gets involved and begins exterminating its own population. But it's an example of what a decently shot remake with a mostly unknown cast can do at the box office if released at a slow time of the year and hyped with a substantial marketing campaign. After receiving reviews that were almost uniformly better than anticipated, The Crazies went on to cover its budget in less than two weeks. The film also proved to be a relatively easy paycheck for composer Mark Isham, whose career is perhaps as varied in genre as any but who had produced a handful of somewhat high-profile scores for productions in the horror and thriller genres over the previous ten years. His output for such pictures is never overwhelming, ranging from the downright awful Twisted in 2004 to the far more engaging Don't Say a Word and The Mist before and after. The latter two scores utilized the same general template by which Isham would tackle The Crazies, consisting of a blend of eerie beauty and atmospheric dissonance. There's nothing groundbreaking in any of this material, and that trend continues in The Crazies, but you can't fault Isham for providing a workmanlike piece of music for a film short on cash and low on expectations. His ensemble for this score is purely synthetic, an electronic group called "The Sodden Dog Electronic Arts Ensemble," and their performance generally sounds like a combination of keyboarded atmosphere, accents from sound effects libraries, and the occasional electric guitar. Some of the material from the ensemble is credited to contributing assistant composers as well, though there is no evidence of cohesion challenges resulting in the music. Casually, it seems like your average, underdeveloped, hazy environment for a psychologically troubled concept. And, for much of its running time, it actually is.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 60:40
• 1. Fire (4:50)
• 2. Something in the Water Supply (7:04)
• 3. Bone Saw (2:58)
• 4. There's Somebody Out There (5:26)
• 5. Mad House (3:25)
• 6. Principal (3:06)
• 7. Had to Be Sure (9:24)
• 8. Are We Clear? (4:06)
• 9. The Long Walk (4:02)
• 10. Let It Mean Something (3:45)
• 11. Lights Out (5:43)
• 12. A Loving Hand (2:06)
• 13. Oil Pen (1:00)
• 14. Getaway (1:35)
• 15. Cedar Rapids (2:11)

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