Does the nerve-jangling melody of Tubular Bells chill your blood? Do you often have nightmares about little Regan's imaginary friend, Captain Howdy? Are you compelled to avoid pea soup when it's kindly offered to you for the lunch special?
If so, you might be a possessed fan of William Friedkin's The Exorcist, a supernatural thriller often cited as the most frightening movie in Hollywood history. Besides the head-twisting, crucifix-thrusting, demonic-taunting visual terrors in this 1973 masterpiece of cinema, music played a major role in its effectiveness. And now it can haunt your home on premium vinyl.
The main theme was composed by 19-year-old British musician Mike Oldfield and delivered without ever even meeting the Academy Award-winning director. Those haunting notes echo eternally through the pantheon of popular culture and continue to rattle the psyches of audiences and viewers of all ages and religious affiliations.
Additional strings tracks and orchestral pieces assembled for the film's eerie score were written by Krzysztof Penderecki and performed by The National Philharmonic Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin conducting.
In a celebration of those terrifying sonic sensations, Waxwork Records has remastered the original soundtrack for The Exorcist in one of its classiest releases to date. This deluxe vinyl soundtrack re-issue also includes a brand new exclusive essay by director William Friedkin.
Available Friday, November 10, this chilling record showcases re-mastered audio, old style tip-on gatefold jackets with soft touch coating, a 12"x12" booklet, premium 180-gram "clear with black smoke" or "clear with blue smoke" vinyl, and all new cover and gatefold artwork by Justin Erickson of Phantom City Creative.
"We are truly honored to have not only worked on such an amazing soundtrack vinyl release to one of the most important, and scary, movies of all time, but to have done it with the full support of director William Friedkin," Waxwork co-founder Kevin Bergeron told SYFY WIRE.
The New Orleans-based Bergeron admits that this process was an exhaustive four-year journey, but declares the final result to be an essential album to have in your collection.
"I personally feel that The Exorcist is one of the best made movies, ever. After discussing the film with William Friedkin," he explained. "I am in agreement with him that it's not a horror film, but an examination on faith. Once you approach it that way, you can view the movie in a much deeper manner. Waxwork worked for years to make this release happen. We sourced the music from the original master tapes, and made sure to present everything in the most deluxe manner possible."
Bergeron named The Exorcist as one of his all-time favorites and he's extremely thankful to get the opportunity to put it out under the Waxwork label.
Will you be brave and let this iconic vinyl score enter your home?