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This will be the last soundtrack I post for the "Attack of the Sequels" theme. With only nine days left till the end of the countdown I would like to share some soundtracks from lesser-known movies, and a few of my favorite deathrock/horror punk and doom metal albums, along with a few other treats. I recently posted Christopher Young's score to "A Nightmare on Elm Street", and while it remains one of the most amazing scores to a horror film in its own right, it would be nearly three years before Young achived the recognition he truly deserved. This would come in the form of his score to Clive Barker's Hellraiser. I have read many other bloggers describe music as "Lovecraftian", particularly black metal albums, and to be honest I never understood the connection. I couldn't imagine Lovecraft being a fan of black metal if he were alive today, nor do I think it represents style of horror very well. If any music sounds "Lovecraftian" to me it would be Christopher Young's music for the Hellraiser series, and I believe Lovecraft would agree were he alive today. This truly sounds like the soundtrack to hell. It is a score that is grandiose in scale, and creates an atmosphere that is equally mysterious and terrifying.
It was extremely difficult for me to track down a high quality version of this soundtrack. The original soundtrack also contained music from a film called "Highpoint", which was excluded by the original ripper, which is to the benefit of the listener in my opinion. I'm not necessarily saying that the music from Highpoint is bad, just that it is dramatically different from the music of Hellraiser, and only serves to detract from the overall listening experience one is left with after listening to the music from Hellraiser. I know that not everyone is a big fan of FLAC, so I went ahead and converted the original FLAC files to 320kbps mp3 for those of you who prefer the mp3 format. Enjoy!
Year of Release: 1989 Label: GNP Crescendo Genre: Soundtrack/Score, Horror, Classical Bitrates: FLAC & 320kbps
Tracklist: 1. Hellbound / Second Sight Seance 2. Looking Through A Woman 3. Something to Thing About 4. Skin Her Alive 5. Stringing The Puppet 6. Hall of Mirrors 7. Dead or Living 8. Leviathan 9. Sketch With Fire 10. Chemical Entertainment 11. Obscene Kiss 12. Headless Wizard 13. What's Your Pleasure