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A Nightmare on Elm Street defied all expectations and became an instant cult classic when it hit the theaters in the Fall of 1984. The film was created on a modest budget of $1.8 million dollars, and chose not to spend a great deal of money on advertising. However, what the film lacked in funding, it made up for in imagination and innovation. The film managed to put together the perfect recipe for success with its highly original concept and screenplay courtesy of Wes Craven, excellent cinematography, convincing special effects, an effective musical score by Charles Bernstein, and one of the most memorable, charismatic villains of all time in Freddy Krueger. Word-of-mouth advertising more than made up for the lack of funds devoted to commercial advertising, with news surrounding the film circulating like wildfire among horror enthusiasts. The film was a huge financial success, and would spawn one of the most famous and financially successful franchises in the horror genre, consisting of eight sequels, a television show, twelve novels, and numerous graphic novel and comic book adaptions.
While the second film in the franchise didn't quite capture the magic of the first, Christopher Young's score was every bit as effective as the original score composed by Charles Bernstein. Most people wouldn't become familiar with Christopher Young until he achieved critical acclaim for composing the score to Clive Barker's "Hellraiser", but his undeniable talent and unique style were apparent early on as is evident in his score for Nightmare. Young has the unique ability to create a truly dreadful atmosphere that somehow manages to retain a magical dreamlike quality to it, making him the perfect candidate to compose the score to a film that features a killer who dispatches his victims in their dreams. It is this unique ability that makes him one of my favorite composers of film scores from any genre.
Varèse Sarabande released the original soundtrack on vinyl in 1986, which contained 13 tracks. The version I am providing here is a 22 track bootleg containing Christopher Young's complete motion picture score. I wish I knew who was responsible for creating this so I can give credit where it is due, but to be honest I have no idea who was behind this. Whoever it was did an excellent job of putting this together though. Fortunately it was ripped at a high quality bitrate so you can listen to the score without having to suffer through a low quality recording. A few custom album art images are also included, which originated from the Lost Scores blog (http://lostscores-pagemaster.blogspot.com), where you can find a number of beautiful custom album covers created by this talented individual. You can find Charles Bernstein's soundtrack to the original Nightmare on Elm Street posted here
Year of Release: Label: N/A | Bootleg Release Genre: Soundtrack/Score, Horror Bitrate: 320kbps
Tracklist: 1. Opening Credits 2. Wild Drive on the Bus 3. Trapped With Freddy 4. Freddy at the Furnace/Kill For Freddy 5. Snake 6. Heat Dream/Freddy's Glove 7. Demented Bird 8. Rainy Night 9. Running Laps 10. Attack of the Balls/Schneider Wasted 11. Noisy Glove/Jump Rope 12. Flaming Unplugged Toaster 13. Boiler Room Fright 14. Walking Angela 15. Slimy Tongue 16. Transformation/Grady Killed 17. The Party Starts 18. Fight Him/Lisa Chased/Love For the Beauty 19. The Rage Continues/Freddy's Children/Up In Flames 20. Boiler Room 21. Beauty and the Beast/Kissing Freddy/Jesse Returns 22. It's All Over