Portrait of Terror

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
The title reads Portrait of Terror, but in fact this disc contains John Ottman's rejected score for John Carpenter's Halloween H2O. The music's elimination from the film seems to be more an issue of sensibility than quality -- Ottman's orchestral approach sharply deviates from the musical template established across previous entries in the Halloween series, with a strongly cerebral component at odds with the visceral horror of the slasher genre. While incorporating elements of Carpenter's landmark theme for the original Halloween, Ottman largely eschews tradition to fuse bursts of brass and choir with menacing electronic effects that successfully achieve a potent ...
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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
The title reads Portrait of Terror, but in fact this disc contains John Ottman's rejected score for John Carpenter's Halloween H2O. The music's elimination from the film seems to be more an issue of sensibility than quality -- Ottman's orchestral approach sharply deviates from the musical template established across previous entries in the Halloween series, with a strongly cerebral component at odds with the visceral horror of the slasher genre. While incorporating elements of Carpenter's landmark theme for the original Halloween, Ottman largely eschews tradition to fuse bursts of brass and choir with menacing electronic effects that successfully achieve a potent atmosphere of dread -- whatever its perceived failings as a Halloween score, Portrait of Terror is nevertheless successful as a work of horror music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/20/1998
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206598629
  • Catalog Number: 5986

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Main Title (4:26)
  2. 2 Laurie (2:17)
  3. 3 Narrow Escape (1:57)
  4. 4 Advice (1:38)
  5. 5 Rest Stop (1:41)
  6. 6 Disposal (3:08)
  7. 7 The Evening Begins (2:17)
  8. 8 Seventeen (5:11)
  9. 9 Face To Face (6:02)
  10. 10 Letting Go (1:02)
  11. 11 Here's Company (4:14)
  12. 12 Sonata For Molly (2:01)
  13. 13 Death Of A Nurse (3:56)
  14. 14 Final Confrontation (4:34)
  15. 15 He's Dead (1:52)
  16. 16 Road Trip (2:03)
  17. 17 Farewell, Michael (2:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Ottman Primary Artist
Spectronics Symphony of Voices Choir, Chorus
Deborah Lurie Vocals
Technical Credits
Ray Colcord Composer
Frank Macchia Orchestration
Robert Townson Executive Producer
Casey Stone Engineer
Ben Stiller Liner Notes
John Ottman Producer, Orchestration
Bryan Singer Liner Notes
John Badham Liner Notes
Jeff Bond Liner Notes
Deborah Lurie Orchestration
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