The Art of Darkness

Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House

January 26th, 2015 by Cobwebs

In the mid-1960s Disney released Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House, an LP album composed mainly of sound effects collected by the Walt Disney Studios sound effects department. Despite the title, its only relationship to the Haunted Mansion attraction was that some of the sounds were eventually used in various places during the ride.

Side 1 consisted of ten vignettes narrated by voice actress Laura Olsher (including one track called “Chinese Water Torture” which today is remarkable mainly for its cultural insensitivity); the second side contained a variety of sound effects intended for use in creating one’s own stories.

YouTube user doctordel has kindly uploaded the entire album. If you, like me, were scarred impressed by this album as a child, prepare for a stroll down memory lane.

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