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 Posted:   Nov 25, 2013 - 4:37 PM   
 By:   lostboy408   (Member)

So I just found out that the score to the movie Deadly Blessing (a somewhat obscure Wes Craven flick) was scored by James Horner. There doesn't seem to be an official release, so I was wondering... would anyone buy this if it was to be released?

I Know I would, but that's because i'm a big fan of Horner

 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2013 - 5:10 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

I would not, but that doesn't mean I don't want to see it released. Hell, I don't buy 98% of the stuff that's put out anyway. I'm always glad to see early or obscure scores released even if I have no interest in them at all. Someone will want them.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2013 - 12:03 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I remember taping the score from this IN A CINEMA!!! back in the day when the film was first released!
I was THAT crazy about Horner and his music as he was starting out (I also did the taping thing with Wolfen, 48 Hrs, Natty Gann and Something Wicked). There was just something about his early sound and style that jazzed me so much.
This score does have some serious Omen/temp track borrowings, but it also has one of those lovely Horner main themes that is soooo lyrical and gorgeous and some excellent scare/suspense tracks that are typical Horner. I really liked the film too and still do.
Fortunately, a very good quality boot was released (coupled with Wolfen) that wasn't complete, but featured all the highlights from the score, when boots were good and could be purchased from reputable vendors wink
I'd still buy a souped-up complete version with all the trimmings, if one were to be offered.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2013 - 12:31 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

I'd definitely want an official release like its paired score Wolfen got and I love the early Horner Horror scores! Bringz it on.

 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2013 - 1:29 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

So I just found out that the score to the movie Deadly Blessing (a somewhat obscure Wes Craven flick) was scored by James Horner. There doesn't seem to be an official release, so I was wondering... would anyone buy this if it was to be released?

I Know I would, but that's because i'm a big fan of Horner


I would. I'd like to finally get replace my other copy.

 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2013 - 6:02 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

I remember taping the score from this IN A CINEMA!!! back in the day when the film was first released!
I was THAT crazy about Horner and his music as he was starting out (I also did the taping thing with Wolfen, 48 Hrs, Natty Gann and Something Wicked). There was just something about his early sound and style that jazzed me so much.



. . . So, anything strike you as, um, interesting, when you first heard "Something Wicked" after already being familiar with "Deadly Blessing"?

 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2013 - 7:42 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

I was THAT crazy about Horner and his music as he was starting out (I also did the taping thing with Wolfen, 48 Hrs, Natty Gann and Something Wicked). There was just something about his early sound and style that jazzed me so much.

I hear ya. I'm not much of a Horner fan, but those early scores had a sound that was very promising indeed, then lightning struck when I purchased STAR TREK II! What a score!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2014 - 7:13 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)


This score does have some serious Omen/temp track borrowings, but it also has one of those lovely Horner main themes that is soooo lyrical and gorgeous and some excellent scare/suspense tracks that are typical Horner. I really liked the film too and still do.
Fortunately, a very good quality boot was released (coupled with Wolfen) that wasn't complete, but featured all the highlights from the score, when boots were good and could be purchased from reputable vendors wink
I'd still buy a souped-up complete version with all the trimmings, if one were to be offered.


Yea, what he said. Great score.

Here's a suite I created way way back:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHVAYxcan4g

Gorgeous Americana in this one, and the atonal bits (not included in this suite) are seriously creepy. Interestingly, no brass in the score at all - Perhaps to pay for the large choir instead?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2014 - 7:16 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Good score and a pretty interesting movie as well.

 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2014 - 7:22 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)


Fortunately, a very good quality boot was released (coupled with Wolfen) that wasn't complete, but featured all the highlights from the score, when boots were good and could be purchased from reputable vendors wink
I'd still buy a souped-up complete version with all the trimmings, if one were to be offered.


Yes, the weather was good in Leeds that day. wink

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2014 - 8:35 PM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

Mr. Horner prepared a 37 minute album master for release, if that just comes out it would cover the meat of the score and is quite good.

The only drawback would be that it is very much cut from the same cloth as Goldsmith's score to The Omen.

Ford A. Thaxton

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2014 - 8:35 PM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

Mr. Horner prepared a 37 minute album master for release, if that just comes out it would cover the meat of the score and is quite good.

The only drawback would be that it is very much cut from the same cloth as Goldsmith's score to The Omen.

Ford A. Thaxton

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2014 - 8:43 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

Mr. Horner prepared a 37 minute album master for release, if that just comes out it would cover the meat of the score and is quite good.

The only drawback would be that it is very much cut from the same cloth as Goldsmith's score to The Omen.

Ford A. Thaxton


Thanks for that info Ford. Indeed the b**t feels like a well-prepared album. Sound quality is terrific. Was this a Los Angeles recording? I can see Dan Wallin was the recording engineer.

Obviously temped with THE OMEN, but I think there's still enough inventiveness in the writing. The thematic/melodic bits are wonderful. At its most abstract, there's some real foreshadowing of BRAINSTORM and KRULL's screaming, moaning, groaning choir.

Any idea why the album was never released? I'd love to see this and THE HAND become available.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2014 - 8:53 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

Mr. Horner prepared a 37 minute album master for release, if that just comes out it would cover the meat of the score and is quite good.

The only drawback would be that it is very much cut from the same cloth as Goldsmith's score to The Omen.

Ford A. Thaxton


Thanks for that info Ford. Indeed the b**t feels like a well-prepared album. Sound quality is terrific. Was this a Los Angeles recording? I can see Dan Wallin was the recording engineer.

Obviously temped with THE OMEN, but I think there's still enough inventiveness in the writing. The thematic/melodic bits are wonderful. At its most abstract, there's some real foreshadowing of BRAINSTORM and KRULL's screaming, moaning, groaning choir.

Any idea why the album was never released? I'd love to see this and THE HAND become available.

 
 Posted:   Oct 23, 2015 - 1:31 AM   
 By:   batman&robin   (Member)

Deadly Blessing + The Hand... as a double bill on one CD would be a real thrill indeed!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 23, 2015 - 10:54 AM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

Deadly Blessing + The Hand... as a double bill on one CD would be a real thrill indeed!

Agreed. I actually really like THE HAND and regard it as quite a good psychological thriller score more so than "horror" score in the traditional sense.

Weirdly, the main theme has always evoked a mellow and understated version of Goldsmith's theme from THE EDGE to me and its arrangement it even similar to one such subdued rendition of said theme in that film as well.

Anyway, yea, bring 'em both on!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 23, 2015 - 11:31 AM   
 By:   Jim Cleveland   (Member)

I had never heard this score before, and reading these posts piqued my curiosity, so I looked on youtube, and sure enough, it's on there, so decided to give it a listen. There's some REALLY NICE GORGEOUS music in this score.... but the parts that are OBVIOUSLY The Omen... well... was Horner sued over this? I mean, I don't understand how that all works. And PLEASE DON'T THINK I"M TRYING TO "START SOMETHING".. I am strictly curious.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 23, 2015 - 2:31 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Sueing other film composers for aping a temp-track is quite rare in Hollywood.
Even the Rota estate filing against Honey I Shrunk The Kids for the Amarcord riff was kinda downplayed.
Look what happened to Goldenthal when he kicked up a stink over his Titus being ripped for 300. He was deemed the bad guy and has been a bit frozen out by the studios as a result, it would seem.

 
 Posted:   Oct 23, 2015 - 7:05 PM   
 By:   BlindDoc   (Member)

As far as i think i know it's the studios that own the film scores after completion, not the composers. As a result i think that if anybody got sued on theft of copyright, it would ergo be the studio, not the composer. No?

As for The Hand and Deadly Blessing, it was Horners wish that these scores were not to be released (quote from Roger Feigelson from Intrada). This would clearly be Intrada material, but they respected his opinion when he was alive and will surely continue to do so. At least for the time being. I would love both of them being given the Intrada treatment, but i think for now we have to make do with the "workarounds"...

Best,
Burnie

 
 Posted:   Oct 23, 2015 - 7:09 PM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

Didn't they say something similar about his feelings toward an expanded The Rocketeer? I doubt that one will be left alone.

 
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