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Portrait of Terror
John Ottman
Portrait of Terror
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
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All Artists: John Ottman
Title: Portrait of Terror
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Varese Sarabande
Original Release Date: 10/20/1998
Release Date: 10/20/1998
Album Type: Soundtrack
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 030206598629, 4005939598624

CD Reviews

John Ottman does it again | US | 08/29/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"John Ottman really manages to take the HalloweeN score to a new level. After hearing this cd (music he had created for H20), I can't believe the producers would cut his score and add in Mimic and Scream music (by Marco Beltrami). It really disrupts what he created. Watch the movie and then listen to this cd. I'm a big HalloweeN fan and what he did to Carpenter's simple theme is amazing. Every other HalloweeN score has been a basic copy of Carpenter's, just with a few little touches. But Ottman re-creates it. This orchestral theme is so melodic and fluid (like most Ottman works), it almost doesn't fit a horror movie, but yet there is something creepy about it. He throws in heavy bass lines and violent strings. The rest of the soundtrack is no less. Get this cd!"
The polar opposite of John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN
Joshua Ressler | Canada | 01/07/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"John Ottman's score for HALLOWEEN: H20 is clever, imaginative, original, but also the complete opposite of Carpenter's minimalist score for the very first, now-famed movie of the series. The hypnotic synthesizers make place for a full orchestra, FX samples, and a lot of original percussion. In fact, Ottman's choice of instruments is very reminescent of what John Frizzell did for ALIEN: RESURRECTION; some of the synths samples from that movie are found in PORTRAIT OF TERROR. I have to admit that H20's music is not as frightening as the alienating score that Carpenter devised, but it is clever in its use of instruments. Certain passages are even reminescent of Woodsboro's theme from SCREAM. Moreover, Ottman refrains from using the full HALLOWEEN theme until the very end, giving us only glimpses of it throughout the score. Overall, a really good score which is a lot of fun to listen to and to dissect. It's a beautiful, crafty, intelligent, and complex score that will surprise you every time you listen to it."
Bravo, Mr. Ottman, Bravo!
Miss Gigi | Detroit, MI | 10/14/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It is said that film sequels become weaker on the whole as they are produced. This is certainly true for the last few in the Halloween series. Not to mention that the score music has been wrought away to little or nothing.

However, the revival of Jamie Lee Curtis' character, Laurie, added a nice touch to H20, and the score tops it off as one of the top horror sequels ever. Redoing the soundtrack as orchestral--instead of the monotonous synthesizer and piano--proved a wise move on Ottman's part, and though the stalk theme and opening credits hold the same melody, the string and brass accompaniment make the tune a beautiful journey of a horror movie.

Ottman work in previous films had not gained quite as much recognition, and with competition like James Horner and our beloved Danny Elfman, one can understand his predicament as a composer.

Nonetheless, the effort put into Halloween H20 became a film landmark, and the music is the largest part of it's success. With the somewhat equal succession of Halloween: Ressurection, we can be sure that 'The Shape' will lurk in the shadows of American cinema for many more years to come.

Thank you, Mr. Ottman, well done.

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