SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 23, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF) Records is thrilled to present"The Possession: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack," with music by award-winning composer Anton Sanko. The film's electrifying score will be available exclusively through iTunes on August 28, 2012. Produced by horror master Sam Raimi along with Robert Tapert and J.R. Young and masterfully directed by Ole Bornedal, the film opens nationwide August 31st.
"I was very excited to have the opportunity to work with Ole Bornedal - a director I have the utmost respect for - on THE POSSESSION," says Sanko. "I had the occasion to write everything from grand sweeping themes for a giant orchestra to an obsessive meditation on a single piano note. I wanted the score to be an integral part of the storytelling, yet still have a life of its own, using whatever means necessary to achieve those goals."
Said Lionsgate's Head Of Film Music Tracy McKnight of the label's relationship with Sanko, which began with his critically acclaimed score for RABBIT HOLE and continues with THE POSSESSION, "Anton's music once again evokes the pain of parents who are dealing with an immense struggle and facing the potential loss of their beloved daughter. His powerful score helps drive the many thrilling moments in the film as it floods your body with an array of emotions, from tension and desperation to sheer terror."
Composer Anton Sanko is a seasoned industry veteran who has scored the award winning television series Big Love in addition to over 25 films. He was the recipient of the Outstanding Individual Achievement in A Craft: Music and Sound Award at the 32nd Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards for his score to the seven-part television event "Great Migrations" (National Geographic). Sanko has collaborated with artists such as Grammy nominee Suzanne Vega, Jim Carroll, Anna Domino, among others.
ABOUT THE POSSESSION Based on a true story, THE POSSESSION is the terrifying story of how one family must unite in order to survive the wrath of an unspeakable evil.
Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie Brenek (Kyra Sedgwick) see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. But as Em's behavior becomes increasingly erratic, the couple fears the presence of a malevolent force in their midst, only to discover that the box was built to contain a Dibbuk, a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host.
Starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan (WATCHMEN) and Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer"), THE POSSESSION is directed by Ole Bornedal (NIGHTWATCH), written by Juliet Snowden & Stiles White, and produced by horror master Sam Raimi along with Robert Tapert and J.R. Young. A Lionsgate and Ghost House Pictures presentation.
About Lionsgate Records LIONSGATE Records is an innovative, entrepreneurial and diversified label and is part of the music arm of Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company. It complements the Company's filmed entertainment content leadership with a growing role in all facets of music. The label has been releasing recorded music since 2002, including the film soundtracks to THE EXPENDABLES, RABBIT HOLE, THE NEXT THREE DAYS, KILLERS, IRON MAN, Marco Beltrami's Academy Award ® nominated score for 3:10 TO YUMA, and Alexandre Desplat's Golden Globe Award ® nominated score for GIRL WITH THE PEARL EARRING.
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