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Vampires Suck
(2010)
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Composed and Produced by:
Christopher Lennertz

Conducted by:
Geza Torok

Orchestrated by:
Andrew Kinney
Danail Getz
Brandon Roberts

Performed by:
The Hungarian Radio Orchestra
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Lakeshore Records
(August 31st, 2010)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you're still searching for the perfect sound for The Twilight Saga, ironically captured by Christopher Lennertz in this intelligent guilty pleasure of a parody.

Avoid it... if you simply can't disengage your brain long enough to appreciate the predictable and overblown reliance on cliches that saturates every moment of this easily digestible dessert.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,517
WRITTEN 9/24/10
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Vampires Suck: (Christopher Lennertz) Given how ripe the teenage vampire genre's crown jewel, The Twilight Saga, has become for lampooning, it's surprising that veteran satire writers and directors Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer seem to have missed their opportunity to really impale the idiocy of that franchise with much skill in Vampires Suck. Then again, the 2010 comedy was trying to parody a concept that is inherently so laughably juvenile in its original form that perhaps their task was impossible. Defying as usual the absolutely horrid critical response that these films often receive, Vampires Suck made a brief splash at the box office and has earned about the average gross for past Friedberg/Seltzer comedies like Meet the Spartans and Epic Movie. The duo takes almost all of their characters and plot elements from The Twilight Saga, leaving most of the names and general events intact but incorporating a major gag into each scene. Continuing his collaboration with Friedberg and Seltzer is composer Christopher Lennertz, whose career has thankfully crept further into the mainstream after producing impressive music in relative obscurity over the better part of the 2000's. Emerging from his toils with television series and video games is a budding feature film career defined by comedy music for (sometimes very fiscally successful) titles like Alvin and the Chipmunks, Marmaduke, and Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, the latter two joining Vampires Suck as part of a busy 2010 summer season for the composer. His music for Meet the Spartans in 2008 is a guilty pleasure of the highest order, a work that continues to impress in its clever pokes at the topic's established sound. As always, the point of satirical scores like Meet the Spartans and Disaster Movie is to play the film as if it was completely serious, therefore advancing the effectiveness of each joke. This opens worlds of opportunity for any composer, allowing genre stereotypes in music to be exploited in all their glory without any worry of plagiarism lawsuits. Additionally, by bloating the genre's sound to nearly overblown proportions, an entertaining listening experience on album can also result. Such is the case with Vampires Suck once again, another score that requires you to turn off your brain to appreciate the fact that it's arguably more effective than the actual scores for The Twilight Saga. Whereas the rotating composers for those films have never been able to truly nail down the musical identity of the franchise, Lennertz does it for them with ease.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 52:33
• 1. What Would You Do? (2:02)
• 2. Something Strange... (1:21)
• 3. Meet the Sullens (2:26)
• 4. Welcome to Sporks (0:44)
• 5. Chemistry in Class (2:41)
• 6. Attack on the Dock (2:00)
• 7. Edward Saves Becca (2:10)
• 8. Jacob's Crush/Self Defense (1:38)
• 9. Sleepwalking (2:44)
• 10. I'm a Killer (3:44)
• 11. First Kiss (2:27)
• 12. Driving and Chasing (1:29)
• 13. Becca Meets the Family (2:10)
• 14. The Breakup/Killing Jack (5:00)
• 15. Frank Comforts Becca (1:03)
• 16. Becca's Confrontation (1:40)
• 17. Testing Edward (1:23)
• 18. The Pack Arrives (1:17)
• 19. Antoine Torn to Shreds (1:10)
• 20. Becca is Dead? (4:04)
• 21. Race to Prom (2:01)
• 22. Edward Exposed (3:22)
• 23. Becca Must Become a Vampire (2:20)
• 24. The Final Bite (1:37)

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The single-page insert includes a short note from the composer about the score.
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