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Wanna listen to some of the rejected score from The Wolfman?

Feb. 17, 2010by: George Merchan

Well, THE WOLFMAN tore its way into theaters this past weekend, to what seems like generally good to mixed word-of-mouth. I really dug it... a fun monster movie that wore its old-fashioned roots on its sleeve proudly. But it wouldn't have been all old-fashioned had Universal execs gotten their way...

Paul Haslinger, once a member of electronic music group Tangerine Dream, has scored lots of video games and had work featured in stuff like MINORITY REPORT, as well as actually scoring DEATH RACE, CRANK, and SHOOT 'EM UP to just name a few. So the guy's been around, but you can tell there's a certain sound or style that he's all about... and not what THE WOLFMAN was. His score was pushed by the suits at Universal but ultimately got dropped in the final weeks leading up to the film's release.

Listen for yourself. Here's the excerpt from the rejected score:

UPDATE: Apparently, the music track we had embedded was erroneously making the rounds on the net as Paul Haslinger's, which it is in fact not. Apologies, folks.
Extra Tidbit: I might be one of, like, three people who prefers Tangerine Dream's LEGEND score to Jerry Goldsmith's. There's gotta be more of you out there!
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11:39AM on 02/17/2010
Tangerine Dreams score is WAYYYY better than Goldsmiths in Legend. That's one of my favorite scores of all time hands down. The scene where Jack is apologizing to the unicorn in the snow is great, that score is killer.
Tangerine Dreams score is WAYYYY better than Goldsmiths in Legend. That's one of my favorite scores of all time hands down. The scene where Jack is apologizing to the unicorn in the snow is great, that score is killer.
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10:31AM on 02/17/2010
Haven't seen Wolfman yet, but plan to. However this score doesn't seem to fit in with the whole "old school monster movie vibe", so I can see why Universal dropped it in favor of a more traditional score.

And yes, I hugely prefer Tangerine Dream's score to Legend over Jerry Goldsmith's (my fave composer of all time), so you're not alone on that.
Haven't seen Wolfman yet, but plan to. However this score doesn't seem to fit in with the whole "old school monster movie vibe", so I can see why Universal dropped it in favor of a more traditional score.

And yes, I hugely prefer Tangerine Dream's score to Legend over Jerry Goldsmith's (my fave composer of all time), so you're not alone on that.
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9:03AM on 02/17/2010
I'm with you on the Tangerine tid bit! haha
I'm with you on the Tangerine tid bit! haha
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7:04AM on 02/17/2010
It's too tinny and synth-y and industrial. It's very Underworld. Kinda the right horror flavor but the wrong horror era.
It's too tinny and synth-y and industrial. It's very Underworld. Kinda the right horror flavor but the wrong horror era.
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6:49PM on 02/17/2010
Chalk me up on Tangerine Dream board. LEGEND, NEAR DARK, SORCERER...

Nothing unlocks new layers of the visual like the patina of a good synth score (Notwithstanding this rejected WOLFMAN music).
Chalk me up on Tangerine Dream board. LEGEND, NEAR DARK, SORCERER...

Nothing unlocks new layers of the visual like the patina of a good synth score (Notwithstanding this rejected WOLFMAN music).
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12:34AM on 02/18/2010

Hmmm...

I like it.

It sounds a bit 'Resident Evil-ish'...'Silent Hill-ish' or '28 Days Later-ish'...

I would think The Wolfman would have more of a period score. (Btw, I haven't seen the movie; I don't care to...but I like the score on its own).
I like it.

It sounds a bit 'Resident Evil-ish'...'Silent Hill-ish' or '28 Days Later-ish'...

I would think The Wolfman would have more of a period score. (Btw, I haven't seen the movie; I don't care to...but I like the score on its own).
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5:22PM on 02/17/2010
I didn't like the movie, but I'm glad they rejected this score. It was obvious the film was trying to emulate Coppola's "Dracula," and the only place it really succeeded was the score, of which a couple parts sounded pretty identical.
I didn't like the movie, but I'm glad they rejected this score. It was obvious the film was trying to emulate Coppola's "Dracula," and the only place it really succeeded was the score, of which a couple parts sounded pretty identical.
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12:21PM on 02/17/2010
I thought The Wolfman was atrocious. I wanted to like it, too, but it was soooooooooooo sloppy. The costumes, sets and art direction were boring and cheap looking, the acting was atrocious besides Benincio Del Toro, and the entire movie was cut up beyond belief. Every plot point was stiffly announced by one or another character multiple times, and the big "twist" at the end was clear from fifteen minutes end. I expect way more out of my horror, I wish someone would step up. At least Legion was
I thought The Wolfman was atrocious. I wanted to like it, too, but it was soooooooooooo sloppy. The costumes, sets and art direction were boring and cheap looking, the acting was atrocious besides Benincio Del Toro, and the entire movie was cut up beyond belief. Every plot point was stiffly announced by one or another character multiple times, and the big "twist" at the end was clear from fifteen minutes end. I expect way more out of my horror, I wish someone would step up. At least Legion was awful in an enjoyable, tounge-in-cheek way.
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11:39AM on 02/17/2010

Ugh, I'm glad this was rejected.

Ok, it starts out sounding like a crappy Perfect Circle song then just gets bad; like Evanescence bad. Why the guitars and the digital drums? Danny Elfman was definitely a better choice,
Ok, it starts out sounding like a crappy Perfect Circle song then just gets bad; like Evanescence bad. Why the guitars and the digital drums? Danny Elfman was definitely a better choice,
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9:18AM on 02/17/2010
Well, seeing as I walked out in the first ten minutes, I'm not really sure where this music would fit - but I'd guess "pseudo gothic overblown finale".

I wanted to like it. I really did. But there comes a time when a movie is either watchable or unwatchable... and I had to make a choice.
Well, seeing as I walked out in the first ten minutes, I'm not really sure where this music would fit - but I'd guess "pseudo gothic overblown finale".

I wanted to like it. I really did. But there comes a time when a movie is either watchable or unwatchable... and I had to make a choice.
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