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Drag Me to Hell
(2009)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Sean McMahon
Andrew Spence
Brandon Verrett
Laurent Ziliani

Co-Produced by:
Flavio Motalla
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Lakeshore Records
(August 18th, 2009)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you never tire of hearing Christopher Young overachieve in the horror and thriller genres, in which case you'll be rewarded with hell-raising explosions of symphonic creativity rarely heard in any genre.

Avoid it... if the wild inconsistency in structural flow inherent in any effective horror score of massive proportions threatens to negate the surprising intelligence of Young's tackling of the gypsy element in this work.
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WRITTEN 1/21/10
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Drag Me to Hell: (Christopher Young) Not many legitimate horror films can claim success in entertaining audiences these days with a PG-13 rating, though Sam Raimi's 2009 nightmare Drag Me to Hell accomplished just that. The script he wrote with his brother a decade earlier was intended to bypass the usual genre technique of utilizing an excess of gore to achieve its goals, instead emphasizing an element of morality that also happened to play upon the unpopular opinion that many in the public espoused about banks and loan officers at the time. A young woman trying to prove her worth to the boss at her financial institution competitively denies a third loan extension to an elderly gypsy woman, setting forth a curse that would inevitably drag her to Hell in three days. Her efforts to seek fortune tellers and mediums to rid herself of a tormenting demon leads to an attempted seance and gruesome acts of sacrifice and grave mutilation that are more unsavory than horrifying. Part of the appeal of Drag Me to Hell is its comedic aspect; whether intentional or not, Raimi offers a wealth of morbid humor that pokes fun at religion-induced fear. Another intriguing plot twist is the generally unlikable nature of the heroine; between the selling of her soul to an establishment of capitalism, her willful killing of her pet kitten, and her bumbling stupidity in the handling of her intended salvation, it's not hard to root against her (and her rather unhelpful, dippy, likely Mac-loving boyfriend) and cheer the opening of the furious pits of Hell at the not-so-surprising end. Raimi had a long-established working collaboration with Christopher Young, eventually using the composer's services to help push Danny Elfman out of the Spider-Man franchise. Young, of course, is the foremost master of the horror genre in the Los Angeles establishment of film scoring, developing a keen sense of instrumental creativity in the field during the 1980's and 1990's and emulated by the likes of Marco Beltrami and John Frizzell, among others, since. Young's demonstrated ability to twist orchestral cliches in the genre into seemingly fresh ideas is remarkable, whether in the subdued thriller end of the spectrum or the bloated, colorful extravaganzas like Hellraiser II that cemented his reputation. In recent years, his efforts to unsettle audiences have resided in the low-key range, with subtle, easy-to-digest music for Untraceable and The Uninvited above average in quality and meriting nearly effortless album rearrangements for harmonically spooky listening experiences.



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Total Time: 52:26
• 1. Drag Me to Hell (2:33)
• 2. Mexican Devil Disaster (4:33)
• 3. Tale of a Haunted Banker (1:52)
• 4. Lamia (4:06)
• 5. Black Rainbows (3:24)
• 6. Ode to Ganush (2:23)
• 7. Familiar Familiars (2:11)
• 8. Loose Teeth (6:31)
• 9. Ordeal by Corpse (4:35)
• 10. Bealing Bells With Trumpet (5:12)
• 11. Brick Dogs a la Carte (1:46)
• 12. Muttled Buttled Brain Stew (2:51)
• 13. Auto-Da-Fe (4:31)
• 14. Concerto to Hell (5:59)

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The insert includes a note from the composer about the score.
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