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The Haunting: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Soundtrack]

Jerry GoldsmithAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (July 20, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: July 20, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B00000JMXU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,931 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Carousel
2. Terror in Bed
3. A Place for Everything
4. The Curtains
5. Curly Hair
6. The Picture Album
7. Return to the Carousel
8. Finally Home
9. Home Safe

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This isn't Goldsmith's best score, but it's a necessary addition to your collection for a big reason: it's an indirect sequel to Goldsmith's heart-stopping work on Poltergeist and Poltergeist II.

You see, Goldsmith was the original composer for MGM's ill-fated Poltergeist III. When studio execs were...desperately underwhelmed with the rough first cuts of the film, they demanded re-shoots and a new ending, and slashed the film's budget by about $10 million. These cuts necessitated the removal of Goldsmith as composer (he was replaced by another, cheaper composer who created one of the least dramatic scores in film history using what sounds like a Casio keyboard).

However, Goldsmith saved much of his work from Poltergeist III and is rumored to have included most of it in this, his score for The Haunting. Indeed there are many moments here that seem to be cribbed straight from the Poltergeist films:

* Compare "The Curtains" with "The Calling" from Poltergeist I

* Compare the flute solo in "A Place for Everything" with Carol Anne's Theme in Poltergeist I's "Main Title"; the themes are obviously different, but the orchestrations are largely the same

* Both scores use the celesta for important motifs; "Home Safe" in particular sounds like it could be interchangible with several cues from the Poltergeist series

* Compare the playful woodwind motif in "Curly Hair" with Poltergeist's "The Clown"

There are many more similarities, obviously, but they would take up too much space here. Appraising the score on its own merits, it's more tuneful and sweeping and a bit sadder than Goldsmith's other horror scores.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I've just added Varese onto my hit list February 10, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The Haunting, Jan De Bont's odd collaboration of bad F/X scenes, muddled story, and just stupid "feelings" and visions, was only saved by Jerry Goldsmith's mediocre score. To start, Varese Sarabande, the label, allowed a mere 30 minutes of music to their release of the CD. Now, come on. Goldsmith deserves more than that. I was also suprised at the selection of tracks. The only ones worth discussing are tracks one and eight. 1 begins with a funny little waltz placed under the name "The Carousel". It uses synthesized beats and weird bells in a truely genious jingle that sounds a lot like that Meow Mix one. The best part of this track, however, is the powerful roar of trumpet, which I believe should have been elaborated on. It is played the most, making it the theme. And shouldn't the theme be the spine of the whole release? Last, 8, FINALLY HOME, is a great track. It begins by slowly rolling over and over again a very tedious theme, constantly growing stronger, ending in a burst of life as a synthesized beating and horns entrap the viewer to that scene when the ghost of Hugh Craine came alive, out of his portrait. These are, I'm sorry to say, the only true highlights of the release. The other tracks are a bad mix of subtle undertones and The Haunting's main theme, played again and again and again and again! 2, TERROR IN BED, encorporates the same beating as 8 does, but in a more dramatic situation. Track four, A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING, has a beautiful flute and harp piece, which tell us the many things going on in Nell's head. 5 and 6 are just bad; misplaced blends of wierd noises and beats that die as soon as they start. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone, just the ones to have the money hanging around.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Close, but not very powerful October 31, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Essentially a series of vignettes from past Goldsmith horror & thriller scores, but with fewer of the accompanying chills. "The Haunting" is a technical wonder, with mature themes, motifs, and strong moments befitting a composer of Goldsmith's sagacity, yet they never quite gel emotionally; the musically over-streamlined disc does not help, and neither will residual memory of the film (for those who had the misfortune to see it). By the end, the music is as potent as a mildly distraught pussycat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh, no. This score is unfortunatly a disapointment. August 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is Jerry Goldsmith when he is not at his peak. A few good moments only. It is missing the usual Goldsmith touch. It is also missing the aw inspiring beautiful track that is usually on all of Goldsmith's scores. The film was good and I liked it a lot, the score went great with the film but alone it is not as impressive. For serious Goldsmith fans only.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I went to this film with high expectations. Robert Wise's original version is great. However, there are only two similarities between these two films: the title and the effectiveness of the score in each film. In fact, the music for the 1999 production is the about only redeeming factor of the film. Once again, Jerry Goldsmith conjures up a potent mix of human and supernatural in this score. However, unlike THE OMEN and POLTERGEIST which explode with raw terror, this score has a more stylized representation of fear. This fits the stylized nature of the film, but the fact that the score succeeds where the film fails is a testament to Mr. Goldsmith's talent.
This soundtrack has the feeling of being presented in three sections: an introduction, conflict, and resolution. Right from the beginning, the listener is thrown off balance by the sounds of "The Carousel." This serves as good introduction for the soundtrack because, although the nature of the track is supposed to be harmless and pleasant, the quirky, reeling contour of the melody exposes the fact that everything is not right at Hill House; it is a merry-go-round, but a merry-go-round in a nightmare. This sense of foreboding is further punctuated by the sudden and abrupt intrusion of the low brass and their sombre choral statements. The brass are followed by the strings which introduce the anxious falling gesture of Hugh Crane's theme which permeates the entire score as the rancid soul of Hill House. (...edited for length..) In the final confrontation in "Finally Home," Crane roars and tries to conquer, but is vanquished by the triumphant return of Elinore's theme in "Home Safe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love JG
Not his best soundtrack (for me that's a tossup between Poltergeist and Outland or Alien), but still has the characteristic JG sound.
Published 3 months ago by Ed
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
I watched this film last week & listening to the music, its ok, its got a few good tracks on it. I like Dramatic music a lot, heavy drums etc. Read more
Published on January 7, 2010 by Mr. Timothy Ockenden
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Better Than "Malice", At Least
I recently reviewed Jerry Goldsmith's "Malice" and criticized it for not having many impressive themes -except the main title -and for being a bit atmospheric. Read more
Published on January 11, 2006 by Luis M. Ramos
5.0 out of 5 stars the haunting!!!!!
well, this is one of the best soundtrack make by jerry golsmith in is career. and do you know that this music was originally made for poltergeist III, before joe renzetti do it?
Published on November 6, 2003 by benoit cote
4.0 out of 5 stars Jerry Goldsmith vs Danny Elfman
Well, I used to think Danny Elfman was the most creepy composer I have ever heard, but in this Score Goldsmith is unrecognizable and better than Elfman (in this case for the moment... Read more
Published on September 5, 2001 by MorAdan
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling
First of all, excuse my bad English! I'm sorry for the mistakes. "The Carousel" is a fantastic horror-theme. The Piece sounds funny, but it's really strange. Read more
Published on February 9, 2001 by Marlene
2.0 out of 5 stars very boring... only a few arousing parts
this soundtrack was overall ..... boring. i cant stand the tracks like #6..... my favorite waz the last track.... it waz so dramatic... Read more
Published on November 1, 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars The Haunting Haunts
Jerry Goldsmith's score to this version is one of his master genius composition and his unique touch is all over the score. Read more
Published on September 10, 2000 by Mr. Villeo Y. Soon
2.0 out of 5 stars Weird carnival music
The first track sounds like something from a stupid carnival or circus. This cd has some good parts though. The first track isn't even scary. Read more
Published on May 25, 2000 by Marie Yellow Boy
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