A millionaire offers a group of diverse people $1,000,000 to spend the night in a haunted house with a horrifying past.
This astonishingly diverse score suffers unfairly as an album. The chops and changes between styles are meaningful in the picture, but here the shift from the tragedy of "Sorry, Tulip" to the electric guitars and drums of "Struggling To Escape" is just unintentionally comical. This being composer Don Davis' next major feature after his excellent work on The Matrix
, he had everything to prove in the Hollywood stakes. As a demonstration of the composer's versatility it's a superb showcase, ranging through choral devil worshipping ("The Corpus Delecti Committee Meeting"), atonal calamitous crashings, and tender moments of mourning. At 54 minutes however, there's too much in too long a period to hold itself together as an album. The pieces are by and large excellent, and if you're a horror fan you'll be prepared for the shocks however they might come. It's a remarkable score, nonetheless, but just too much like hard work in its entirety and in isolation. Judicious track programming is recommended. --Paul Tonks