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Lake Placid

Lake Placid

Varese Sarabande (VSD-6055)

Release Date: 1999

Conducted by Damon Intrabartolo

Format: CD

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Track Listing

1. Main Title
[previewing track]
2. Hector's Here
[previewing track]
3. Close Call
[previewing track]
4. Udder Preparations
[previewing track]
5. Love Games
[previewing track]
6. Reluctant Passengers
[previewing track]
7. Morgue / Scary Beaver
[previewing track]
8. Scouting
[previewing track]
9. Here He Comes!
[previewing track]
10. Making A Move / Jack
[previewing track]
11. Swimming With Croc
[previewing track]
12. Hector's Mind
[previewing track]
13. Weird Things / Dinner Time
[previewing track]
14. Ground Rules
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15. Trapping Croc / Resolution
[previewing track]
16. The Lake / Hitching A Ride
[previewing track]
  Total Album Time: 46:07


by Mike Brennan
December 2, 2005
[3 / 5]

John Ottman's suspense and thriller sound is given an interesting and quirky twist for Lake Placid, the crocodile attack film by David E. Kelley that doesn't take itself seriously (he is the creator of "Ally McBeal", remember). Ottman's music does, generally, take itself seriously, and to good effect. The score turned out to be along the lines of Goldsmith action music with some patriotic cues thrown into the mix, such as in "Udder Preparations" where the nice, serene theme we heard as the camera soared over the mountain lake in the main title gets a more intense statement on the trumpets. The general feel of the score, however, remains in Ottman's thriller ballpark and he pulls off the score nicely.

There is a bit of quirkiness to the score too, though, namely for Oliver Platt's character, Hector. There is also a love theme for Kelly and Jack (Bridget Fonda and Bill Pullman), which plays through some of the slower moments of the album. The music picks up about halfway through the album with some more dramatic statements of the main theme ("Reluctant Passengers", "Here He Comes") but generally falls into more of a thriller genre until "Trapping Crocs Resolution" where the action kicks back in. I should also mention that the album features some quite enjoyable track titles. The score closes with another nice statement of the theme in "The Lake Hitching a Ride".  Fans of Ottman's work will enjoy the adventurous twist to some of his usual suspenseful sounds and the score, like many others of his, showcases his creativity as a composer.


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