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The Haunting
(1999)
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1999 Varèse
2017 Varèse
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Alexander Courage
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Varèse Sarabande
(July 20th, 1999)

Varèse Sarabande
(October 30th, 2017)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1999 Varèse Sarabande album is a regular U.S. release. The label's 2017 Club album is limited to 2,000 copies and retailed at soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $20.
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Buy it... if you seek Jerry Goldsmith's last truly accomplished horror score, overflowing with creepy atmosphere and chilling themes meant to put you at unease rather than outwardly scare you.

Avoid it... if you expect the score to offer the complexity of structure and explicitly frightening bombast of Goldsmith's classic horror scores from decades before.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #611
WRITTEN 8/14/99, REVISED 12/19/17
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The Haunting: (Jerry Goldsmith) The 1999 adaptation of Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House" was the second attempt to bring the story to life on the big screen. Unfortunately, remake director Jan de Bont, even with some assistance from Steven Spielberg in an uncredited ghost-directing role, did not have the wisdom of how to scare audiences as effectively as Robert Wise had in 1963. Despite some outstanding cinematography and set design for The Haunting, a contrived series of story alterations and very poor acting performances by most of the leads caused the critical and popular demise of the troubled haunted mansion film. The premise of The Haunting is actually quite promising, placing a group of insomniacs in a spooky old manor under the guise of studying their sleep habits. The scientist heading this operation (Liam Neeson) hopes to actually study their responses to fear, but the plan goes awry when he underestimates the ghostly nature of the house. Sadly for him, one of his invited guests has a supernatural connection with the spirits of the house that cause all hell to break loose. By the last half hour of its running time, The Haunting loses all cohesion and turns into somewhat of a parody of similar failure films, failing to compete with its better Spielberg sibling, Poltergeist. For cheap thrill seekers, however, the movie is worth late night viewing due to its gothic beauty and an above-average suspense score by veteran composer Jerry Goldsmith. He was long removed from his most famous days of acclaimed horror music, highlighted by the outstanding success of The Omen, The Final Conflict, and Poltergeist, but he revisited the genre one last time during a period in the late 1990's, shortly before his death in 2004. This final series of horror scores, ranging from Deep Rising to Hollow Man, were typically completely anonymous compared to the aforementioned, Oscar-worthy classics. The best of these late entries is indeed The Haunting, a score that relies far more heavily on elegant suspense rather than the slashing, brute action of the others.



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Average: 3.35 Stars
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Hauntingly beautiful and creepy score
Jouko Yli-Kiikka - March 11, 2008, at 7:15 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1999 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 35:14
• 1. The Carousel (2:54)
• 2. Terror in Bed (5:34)
• 3. A Place for Everything (3:17)
• 4. The Curtains (2:37)
• 5. Curly Hair (3:09)
• 6. The Picture Album (4:48)
• 7. Return to the Carousel (3:09)
• 8. Finally Home (6:16)
• 9. Home Safe (3:16)
2017 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 74:09

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The insert of the 1999 Varèse album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2017 contains notation about both but not about the presentation of the album contents.
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