Picks and Pans Review: Ghost Story

updated 02/22/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/22/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

Music by Philippe Sarde

Horror, like comedy, depends on an underlying reality from which to spring the shock or punch line. The cuts on this LP from the current box office creeper have titles like Accidents, Dimentia and Fright, and usually start out with the orchestra playing a sweet theme. Some foreshadowing comes with a simple device like the tinkling of bells, increasingly frantic flute trills or maybe rumbling minor chords on a Phantom-of-the-Opera-style organ. Then the music crescendos with the action. Boo! There is nothing pleasantly terrifying or musically interesting in this work. The late Bernard Herrmann (the master of scare scores) did it all much better with shockers like Psycho.

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