Christopher Young was a jazz drummer who made the wise choice to bail on shitty lounge music and pursue a career in film composing, a choice that has brought him great success and recognition in the field. Although Young's finest work to date has been in the horror genre (he also scored Nightmare On Elm Street 2, The Grudge 1 & 2, The Dark Half, and Drag Me To Hell), he has also turned in work on such disparate projects as The Country Bears, The Spider Man movies, and Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous. So, um, yeah...
Anyway, I don't think anyone here is going to doubt the importance of Hellraiser as part of the 80's Horror-Film Pantheon, and I really think part of what made it so real and visceral was Young's organic, orchestral score, a far cry from the Casio-and-drum-machine fare so common to slasher films in the 80's. A mood of genuine fear and menace is established very quickly, and while Young's music is dynamic and varied, the tension is always there, like a hooded Cenobite crouched for attack. Super spooky shit, and sort of hard to come by. Pinhead approves.
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III: Hell On Earth
(Anyone else noticing a trend regarding the Hellraiser films and their respective quality as the years progress?)