Wake up and come to Freddy!
One of the oft-overlooked elements of the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise is the exceptionally eerie, atmospheric music composed by a visionary assembly of sonic wizards. Its spine-chilling themes and melodies are as memorable as those in Halloween, Alien, Friday the 13th, Child's Play, Hellraiser, and nearly any other popular horror series of the past few decades, and they deserve to be recognized.
For the first time ever, Mondo is releasing Death Waltz Recording Company's mind-blowing 8-LP "Box of Souls" deluxe set of all seven scores for each of the A Nightmare On Elm Street movies, a legacy of terrifying tracks beginning with the original 1984 installment created and directed by Wes Craven.
The impressive limited-edition package includes all new artwork by Mike Saputo and features the remastered music by Charles Bernstein, Christopher Young, Angelo Badalamenti, Craig Safan, Jay Ferguson & J. Peter Robinson.
Also included is an all-new 12-page booklet of composer liner notes. As with all of Death Waltz's prestige products, the complete set is pressed on 180-gram death-black vinyl.
Here's the official press release:
The music of Elm Street is a huge part of the series, each film having its own unique sound and feel. Charles Bernstein created the original score, and Freddy’s main theme that was used throughout the series. His score to the first film is nothing short of a landmark horror score and utterly defines American horror in the '80s - super downbeat, eerie and metallic. Christopher Young (HELLRAISER) supplied the score to FREDDY'S REVENGE, and takes the themes down a more orchestral route, layering sounds upon sounds to create a truly scary listen. Angelo Badalamenti (TWIN PEAKS) composed the score DREAM WARRIORS. Here he crafts moody textures and a woodwind section to create a dreamlike score that fits the theme of PART 3 perfectly. Craig Safan was bought on to compose THE DREAM MASTER, and with the help of a synth-clavier synthesizer he created one of the craziest horror scores of the '80s. Yeah, sure, it's scary and creepy, but it's also a ton of fun and totally unique. For THE DREAM CHILD, Jay Ferguson delivers a synth-heavy score with nods to fairground music and layers of church organs and weird choral samples. For THE FINAL NIGHTMARE, Australian composer Brian May mixes electronic and orchestrations to stunning effect and for the final film in the series. In NEW NIGHTMARE J. Peter Robinson gives us a super lush orchestrated nightmare that harkens back to Bernstein’s original.
"Box of Souls" is up for grabs at Mondo this Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 12:00 p.m. CST for $250 each, which is a steal for this type of sensational deluxe vinyl set.
Buy one to amp up the insanity of your Halloween before they all vanish. It's a dream come true!