Clive Barker's macabre imagination created the striking and
enduring imagery that was present in the Hellraiser
films it was the musical talents of Christopher Young that
set the mood. The movies were based around the story of an
evil Pandora's Box and the unearthly Cenobites lead by the
memorable icon Pinhead...
the Chronicles sees
the soundtracks for Hellraiser
I, II and
available in one collection for the first time. The music
for the first movie is haunting, if a little repetitive and
Christopher Young's main theme for the movie is extremely
on to Hellbound: Hellraiser II, Young shifts his style
somewhat. A lesser composer would have felt more secure resting
on the crutches of the theme from the first movie. But Young
throws that away and writes much more complex music. Here
there is less repetition and more innovative use of the orchestra.
Some of the tracks are downright bizarre. For example, a number
of tracks use fairground music to add a surreal quality.
third CD in this collection was composed by Randy (no sniggering
at the back) Miller. I was expecting this to be a turkey but
thankfully it is nowhere near as bad as I thought it was going
to be. Miller, whose music I had previously been ignorant
of, pulls off an acceptable score here. Having said that I
was a little unimpressed with the fact that Miller steals
chunks of Young's score. Surely if Young could move from movie
to movie without copying himself then Miller could have followed
the same example. However, once you start to listen to Miller's
original work you realise that he is an exceptional composer.
be honest, while the movies were ok, the soundtracks were
always too good for the films and this collection proves that
even more. Silva
Screen have done a lovely job of the packaging, including
a rather attractive full colour booklet.
packaging claims that this is a limited edition collection
with only 3000 copies so Hellraiser
fans may want to pick up a copy before it is too late - and
anyone interested in orchestrated soundtracks should think
about parting with their cash also.
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