Coil – The Unreleased Themes For Hellraiser (1987)

The Hellraiser movie is more than disturbing enough without having to think about all the juicy goodies that were scrapped before the final product was released. Among many changes made to Hellraiser as it went along was possibly the greatest casualty of the lot – the original score by Coil.

There seems to be a confusing array of formats and releases for these tunes, which thankfully saw the light of day eventually. But, I’m pretty certain that I’ve heard them all now. I don’t want to state the obvious but this soundtrack would have give Hellraiser a completely different vibe. The hellish industrial-tinged soundscapes are far cry from what ended up in the movie (not that I want to throw shade at the OST), and I can’t help but feel that this is the soundtrack that Hellraiser needed, aurally and aesthetically.