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Raising Hell – What’s your pleasure?

It all started with a novel. A fairly short one, consisting of 186 pages. Clive Barker’s The Hellbound Heart was released in 1986 by Dark Harvest; and later that year Barker himself started work on its film adaptation Hellraiser, which was released in cinemas in the autumn of 1987. Ten sequels later, a revamped Hellraiser is back, albeit on a streaming service. Synchrotones has had a listen to the various scores that blessed and cursed this franchise. Dare I ask… which ones nailed it?

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The movie, the score, the legend… the book

Legends of the Fall” has long been regarded as one of the late James Horner’s finest works. It’s an emotional powerhouse full of sweeping melodies and rich orchestrations. It shows Horner at his very best and it kickstarted his, arguably, most successful period, the mid 90s, when he scored “Casper“, “Balto“, “Apollo 13“, “Braveheart” and the Oscar-winning “Titanic“. The full printed score to the epic “Legends of the Fall” is now available via Chris Siddall Music Publishing.

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It’s back… but should it be?

Imagine a synth score. Imagine it’s well documented which machines were used to create it. Imagine a sequel with more synths and still plenty of info about the devices used. Then imagine a few more sequels, but this time they are largely orchestral (though possibly sampled). Finally, imagine someone with a wholly different set of synths performing various cues taken from across the franchise. Welcome to London Music Works’ “Music from the Terminator Movies“.

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