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Poltergeist (1982)

Jerry Goldsmith 

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Branko LaRusso (February 3, 2003)
Poltergeist is a spectacular journey into the supernatural and the Jerry Goldsmith score accompanies the movie in a way that only virtuoso Goldsmith would know how to produce in his own impeccable style.
Jerry Goldsmith's qualities as a composer as everyone knows are very diverse and this is a characteristic I admire in him. He can undertake all manner of scores, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thrillers, Action, etc and he achieves the results that are required of him, in his own unique style.

The score to Poltergeist is very moody, dark and aggressive when it needs to be, light and capricious when it does'nt. It at times can also just jump out at you as if it has a life of it's own, which does befall quite frequently.
Mild, timid moments are interwoven with harsh aggressive outbursts which leave you with heart palpitations and a mild case of the jitters. It almost mesmerize's you in the way that it draws you in and throws you back out again on a whim, almost to the point in which you can say it has a drawing power or magnetism.
The score, one can say is almost infallible in it's interpretation of the film's demeanour.

My favourite selections from the score are, Track: 2- "The Calling/The Neighbourhood" (Main Title), Track: 4- "The Clown - They're Here, Broken Glass, The Hole, TV People", Track: 7- "The Light" , and Track: 13- "Carol Anne's Theme" (End Title). All are wonderfully crafted melodic themes.

Another attraction to the soundtrack is the fantastic booklet that has been produced for the CD which is breathtaking in regards to the copious amounts of information contained within it. For example how and why Steven Spielberg initially approached Jerry Goldsmith to compose the score, a great track by track synopsis with great detail, photo's and numerous other delicacies.
Rhino once again has produced a quality product as it usually does with soundtracks and the same can be said with regards to Jerry Goldsmith's great and pulsating score.

Spooky but beautiful
Tim Ebicilio (June 9, 2001)
This score is great. It captures the creepy feeling very good. What stands out in this score are the soft melodic themes like "Carol anne's theme" and "The light". Then there's the track "night visitors/No complaints" that is very beautiful but at the same time very threatning. Jerry Goldsmith constantly puts you on the wrong track with soft and melodic themes only to strike back hard with scary themes. The only thing that i didn't like was that some parts were just TO loud. It works on film but to listen Still a very good score and i highly reccomend this one.

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