Original Soundtrack

Flowers in the Attic

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Christopher Young has consistently suffered the misfortune of writing his finest scores for truly mediocre films. Case in point: 1987's Flowers in the Attic, a powerfully expressive horror score with a sensitivity unique to the genre. Young's haunting melodies employ strings, harps, and woodwinds to evoke the youthful innocence of the film's protagonists -- Evalon Witt's gossamer soprano vocals further underscore the ethereal beauty of the music as well as its potent melancholy. But for all its otherworldly splendor, Flowers in the Attic remains first and foremost an excursion into horror -- Young ratchets up the tension with precision, emphasizing the structural complexities of his music to keep the listener off balance.