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Hello there!

I am currently in search of a halloween sound effects cassette from the 80's.
Apparently people have asked about it before on other sites, but have found very little information on it.

I too seek this information.

Let me begin with a little backstory. I am searching for this cassette in the hopes of owning a piece of my
childhood that was very special to me. In my local neighbourhood back in the 90's, there was a flower shop
that would put up a "haunted castle" attraction every year. It was very elaborate for a family display, and boy,
the levels of creativity were high!

Now the most iconic thing to me personally about the display was the soundtrack, a very ominous
and unique soundtrack of rapid paced sounds, and strange samples.

I loved the soundtrack so much, that as a kid, I'd sneak in a small cassette recorder under my jacket
so I could listen to the sounds at home and re-live the experience...unfortunately, that tape bit the dust
ages ago, and I never could find that recording again...until recently.

I came across this cassette known as "Chamber of Horrors"...a widely sold cassette from 1988
that featured the sounds I was looking for, in fact they were the EXACT same sounds...


Except...the versions I had heard in the past did not have the "Happy Halloweeeeeeeen" guy throughout
and there wasn't an instrumental rip off of Michael Jackson's thriller, or the free form Jazz track "Birds of Fire" by
Don Sebesky layered over top of it.

Yes, all of the above is on that cassette...intentionally.

Why?...who knows...

But my inquiry is this...I know there exists a version of this cassette (perhaps under a different name/manufacturer) that's either
the same year, or older, that is just the sound effects, without the voices or music.

According to another user on a different website, their copy of that tape was black with an orange label (pretty stock) and
started at the sound effect at around 2:22 in the video above, which I remember to be true from my experiences hearing it long ago.

So in conclusion, if you guys have ANY information on the cassette, whether it be the name, a copy for sale, or an mp3 download...

PLEASE let me know. I would VERY much appreciate it!


-Thanks in advance!-
Nostalgiakid125



*Things I know already (Just to save some searching time)

1.I know that there exists 3 versions of this cassette that are widely known about.

*One copy has a story on one side called "The Haunting" and the other side has the Effects*Music*Voice (Basically the Video Posted)

*Another copy has the Effects*Music*Voice on both sides and took out the story mode completely

*The last version was a remake that came out in 1990- which had the same "Chamber of Horrors" Title, but completely different SFX.

2.One or two of the sound effects were re-used in a cassette called "Horrible Sounds of Halloween"...but as far as I've seen in my
research, it's still not the correct tape. However, multiple versions of that may be in existance as well.

3.The "Chamber of Horrors" cassette was sampled in many Halloween CD's later on in its full entirety, examples being the "Scareware Horror Sound Effects" CD, and a couple others of which I cannot remember at this time.
 

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yes, I've seen that one. That's the one I linked in the above post.
But that tape was a re-release of a previous tape that had JUST the sound effects. Not the annoying voice/music.
This is the one I seek lol.
 

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:eek:I think I have a copy of that tape......finding it, well that would be the real trick.:eek:
 

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Now there's something interesting. I looked at that very post a day or so ago...before you even posted it, and found out something amazing. Some of the sounds from the cassette I'm looking for, are in isolated forms on BOTH of those linked hallmark tapes. For instance, the Witch laugh from the Hallmark 1989 tape on the track known as "Dings and Witches" has the unfiltered witch laugh which was used in the tape I'm looking for. And the funeral march in "The Cemetery" was sampled in the same cassette as well. It seems as though whatever source material stemmed the sound effects for the "Hallmark Tapes" also stemmed the effects for the Cassette I'm trying to find. The story gets deeper and stranger as I continue this search.
 

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:eek:I think I have a copy of that tape......finding it, well that would be the real trick.:eek:
Well, that would be ABSOLUTELY AMAZING if you did! PLEASE let me know if you find it, I would even pay you for it!

UPDATE:

I just found another lead on the matter, hopefully I can contact the guy who put up this video...
The same tape I'm looking for was used in the background of this!


Now I KNOW it existed :D
 

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:)Found it! This is the tape I have, but it does have the "Thriller" bit on it if memory serves. If you want it, it's yours, just PM your address to me. I found it in a drawer and it's been YEARS since I used it. The label looks different, but the thing is ancient. It's been a long time since I used a "boom box" on Halloween night.:D Here is what my cassette looks like.


 

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Wow! Thanks man! I really appreciate you finding that...I hate to say (and it really does pain me to say this, because I REALLY am thankful you searched for it) that the cassette you found is the same version as in post 1 that I already have. I'm currently looking for what I believe is now a tape that came perhaps long before the one you own. If you read the post wall, I managed to find someone who has the tape (or at least had it at one point) but I've been unable to contact him. It really does exist, and alternate sources have told me the cassette is unfortunately a black cassette with an orange label. (Which REALLY narrows it down eh?) But again I do thank you very much for looking and taking interest, unfortunately though, it is the same as the version I already have/have heard.
 

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Thanks for the attempts halloweiner, but the topstone one (the orange label cassette) isn't it either, nor is the blogspot link.

Here's the alternate post I was referring to http://www.halloweenforum.com/halloween-music/144436-chamber-horrors-alternate-versions.html

for reference just in case my wording in the original post was bad.

UPDATE/EDIT

I JUST FOUND IT...but oh man is this weird.

I came across a cassette for sale on ebay called "Scary Cassette Sons Affreux"...It IS in fact the tape I'm looking for, however it sounds as though it was recorded from a legitimate source, with a bad tape recorder...in other words the tape quality sucks, and it sounds like a bootleg copy of the "Real thing" which I imagine is in better quality. (Even the sounds in the Chamber of Horror Cassette are cleaner!) I've ripped the cassette in case anyone wants it, or has it in better quality.

here's a picture of the one I just bought.

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And here's an audio stream of it. https://soundcloud.com/nostalgiakidd/scary-cassette-sons-affreux

Again, if ANYONE has any info on a higher quality version of either this tape, or one with the same sounds but a different name PLEASE let me know.

And might I add, it's a little odd...when I translate the "Sons Affreux" in google translate, it translates to "Sounds Awful"...a little ironic eh?
 

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Jason at Scar Stuff has mentioned before that there was a lot of copying back n the day amongst these,Halloween recordings. I've also heard that a lot of music on iTunes sounds like it is a copy of a copy. Glad you found it though. This one is new to me.

Just listened. Now that is awful...lol.
 

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I know right? And the sad part is, the version I uploaded is AFTER I put a bunch of cleanup VSTs and EQ over it. The actual tape sounds WORSE than the version I uploaded. It is still nice at least to have that soundtrack in some format though. Hopefully someday it'll be listenable...the search continues.
 

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Welp...I just found out a couple of weird details on this search.

Apparently a LOT of the sounds from the cassette in question are sampled from the "Halloween Horrors" LP from the 70's, which is pretty crazy! Not all of them, but around 80 percent of them. I was happy to find that LP available for download, but I'm still on the search for the cassette...now after looking up more information and talking to a few people, I'm almost POSITIVE that the cassette in question is this one right here.

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Unfortunately, no one seems to be selling it atm. I really missed my chance, as it sold on ebay last year for 15 bucks.

There was a post on that cassette on both the scary sounds blog, and the highbury cemetary blog, but I don't believe either
of the pages link to a soundrip of that cassette specifically. There is the 90's version of the cassette which is just the
updated release of "Chamber of Horrors" but I believe the original orange cassette I posted is the SFX itself in high quality.

If anyone's got a copy of the cassette posted above, PLEASE let me know! :)
 

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Oh ok. I tried.
Lol, I know...you're awesome really for lookin into this!
It's just so crazy how such a widespread tape can be so...rare nowdays.
Especially crazy at how elusive it can be even for internet standards.

All I know is that as soon as someone posts a new copy, I'll buy it in a heartbeat, and upload it
for the sake of everyone else lookin for it!
 
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