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young christopherIt is brilliant hellraiser The score is almost as synonymous with the film as Pinhead, but if the writer-director clive baker If he had gotten away with it, the soundtrack would have been composed by British pioneers of industrial music. Coil.

Barker first became aware of Coil through Forbidden Planet, the UK’s longest running genre bookstore where band member Stephen Thrower worked. When Barker happened to walk into the store, Thrower mentioned that he was a fan of his. blood books, and the two hit it off. Thrower finally played some of Coil’s music for him, and Barker was immediately sold.

Barker was quoted as saying that Coil is “the only group I’ve ever heard on a record whose records I’ve taken off because they turned my guts up.” That’s high praise coming from the master of the macabre. Shortly after completing the script for hellraiserhe told Coil that he wanted them to write the music.

Barker met with the band to discuss the soundtrack, citing Wayne Bell and Tobe Hooper. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Pino Donaggio carrie sheet music as reference points. While the two may seem contradictory, chain sawThe soundtrack of is a haunting mix of dissonant noise, while the music of carrie is more traditionally melodic and orchestral: Coil was up to the challenge.

“I was interested in texas chainsaw from the point of view of its ability to instill fear and concern. Pino Donaggio wrote the music for carrie and it has a very romantic quality; very beautiful and melodic and melancholic,” Thrower recalled in a 2017 interview with The Quietus. “So what he was essentially saying was ‘I love extreme sound and I love rich melodies and orchestration.’ We said ‘No problem, we can handle both.’”

The band was working on tracks for the film when they received word that the producers at New World Pictures had rejected their music. His exact reasoning is unclear – some say they thought it wasn’t commercial enough, others say they found it too scary – but the story goes that New Line would only give Barker the money he needed to reshoot effects scenes like he imagined if they replaced the composer, forcing him to make a pragmatic decision.

hellraiser Publisher Tony Randel reportedly suggested to Young, who had already cut his teeth on the likes of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge and Tobe Hooper invaders from mars – as a replacement. The rest is history, with Young staying on board to score and compose Randel’s song. Hellbound: Hellraiser II before going to compose movies like spider man 3, the grudgeY Sinister.

Although ambient soundtracks have been widely used to great effect in recent years, perhaps the world wasn’t ready for a Coil score 35 years ago. But the story has something of a happy ending for fans: not only does Young’s score fit hellraiser perfectly, but Coil released their unused material (as sketchy as it may be) as an EP frankly titled, Hellraiser’s unreleased tracks.

By the way, Coil still had an impact on hellraiser after all: gang member Peter “sleazy” Christopherson showed Barker issues of the underground magazine Drilling Hobbyists International Quarterlythat inspired the sadomasochistic gaze of the cenobites.

“Demons for some, angels for others”, in fact.

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