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Best Horror Film Score/Soundtrack

nce we just keep moving on with these "favorite" lists, how about we take a look at muc in horror movies. I'm going to go with my top 5 here, in no real order:

-Dracula: Ironically, it's the muc from Swan Lake that begins this movie that sets the perfect mood for me and sucks me in every time. Every time I watch Dracula I can't help listening to that theme over and over for days on end.

-Godzilla: Akira Ifukube's scores in so many of the Godzilla films have shaped my mucal tastes greatly. It began my love of dark orchestral muc and eventually heavy metal (I see the 2 as very milar, but that's a topic for another day and another forum). It also strikes me as monumental that the sounds of Godzilla's roar and footsteps were also done by Ifukube, it feels sometimes that the monster and muc are one.

-Halloween: John Carpenters muc for Halloween is nothing short of perfect for the film. I know I don't need to say much about this one, I doubt any horror fan can here that theme without getting excited.

-The Exorcist: Another great theme. milar to the Halloween theme, it creates a sense of movement and tenon that I don't think the movie would work without.

-The Lost Boys: Kind of a weird end to my list, but I wanted to include something other than orchestral themes, and I think this is a perfect choice. I always look forward to hearing "People are Strange" and "Cry Little ster" whenever i put this movie in my dvd player. Hell, I even kind of enjoy the muc played by the oiled up sax player, if for nothing more than 80's camp value.
teamcerberus Wednesday 3/02/2011 at 04:51 PM | 72814
Ya Halloween and Exorcist are my favorite sound tracks!
Zombiezack50 Wednesday 3/02/2011 at 10:55 PM | 72844
Mr.Skemer Wednesday 3/02/2011 at 10:59 PM | 72845
Really iconic choices guys.Hmmmmmm.....I know Halloween is going to be in here(how can it not?) I really like the Nightmare On Elm Street score as well.........Hellraiser's got a nice Christopher Young tune......So many catchy tunes from gremlins to Dracula yeah man good thread....I think I need to dive deeper into this....Tales From the Crypt's theme is swell but not a score ugh....:(
themorguethemerrier Thursday 3/03/2011 at 05:04 AM | 72869
My kind of topic!

Horror movie muc is a pason of mine.

I have a huge collection (and I'm always willing to share!).

My favorite all time score is Candyman.

Phillip Glass is an absolute genious and I've never heard muc as haunting and beautiful as what he did for Candyman.

Theme ... re=related

Another Theme

The Reflecting Skin - a little known film starring a younger Viggo Mortesen that messed me up when I was like 13 years old.

But the muc is truly amazing and merits way more recognition than it ever received.

Genious stuff.

I'm so glad there are samples on youtube, cuz I almost didn't expect it.

Actually, I found the whole movie is up there.

Very cool...part 1 starts here: ... re=related

Friday the 13th is right up there too, especially parts 1 and 7.

The piano theme when Alice is in the lake is the perfect lullaby for that setting and the credits of part 7 bring back alot of childhood memories for me.

Part 1 Piano theme: ... re=related

Part 7 Credits:

Christopher Young's score for Hellraiser is another masterpiece.

And if you like his work, definitely check out his score for Flowers in the Attic.

It's not as epic, but it's definitely creepy and the melody is gorgeous.

Flowers in the Attic

As much as I love Tubular Bells, I gotta say that the score for Exorcist II gets under my skin way more...and is probably the reason why I'm one of like three people in the world who actually liked that movie.


Check it out here: ... 73E85ECB91

I can still remember being a kid and going to see Bram Stoker's Dracula in theaters with my dad.

He didn't take me willingly, there was a tantrum involved.

Heh...but anyways, the movie starts and throughout that whole beginning section I'm glued to my seat with bulging eyes until the moment the film title appears on the screen.

What a beginning!

That movie was like the best rollercoaster...or like a universal studios attraction for me.

And the muc was a HUGE part of that.

Other favorites:

28 Days Later - This gets me so pumped for some reason

Cannibal Holocaust


Needful Things - love Patrick Doyle ... B111DBCDF8

Child's Play


Profondo Rosso (Deep Red) - an absolute favorite!

The Beyond - another favorite!


Fulci's Zombie - hell yeah!

Dawn of the Dead - US release & Italian release ... re=related ... re=related

Children of the Corn


Return of the Living Dead ... re=related

Dexter - this my favorite theme from the show (not the opening credits, though that's fun too!)

Amityville 1992: It's About Time - this little movie had a haunting little tune I always enjoyed ... 97CE4AF77B

Dolls - a playful score, very circus-ish ... re=related

Dolly Dearest - what is it about killer dolls that invoke creepy tunes? ... D28FB539EC

Saw - a modern clasc ... re=related

The Omen - Jerry Goldsmith is da man

The Omen III: The Final Conflict - bettered the original IMO, skip to 4:45 for the goods

Okay...I need to stop.

So much great horror movie little time!

pzuzu Thursday 3/03/2011 at 09:43 AM | 72882
Kick ass, This is a really cool post so...I have to contribute.

I love movie scores, especially horror soundtracks.

I have several albums and I listen to them when writing, customizing, driving, working, shitting, and what ever else comes to mind.

So, here are my top 10 movie scores.


Rob Zombie Halloween II - Tyler Bates

9. The Fog- Reboot- Graeme Revell

8. 30 Days of Night

- Brian Reitzell

7. Christine- John Carpenter

6. Halloween III- John Carpenter

5. The Fog- John Carpenter

4. When a Stranger Calls Remake - James Dooley

3. Nightmare on Elm Street 2- Charles Bernstein

2. Nightmare on Elm Street- Charles Bernstein

1. Halloween 1978- John Carpenter

TexasKev Saturday 3/19/2011 at 04:22 PM | 73608
The thing-John carpenter Evil dead 1 and 2 Halloween -John carpenter Fright night

Near dark-tangerine dream

The shining Reanimator Henry portrait of a serial killerAmityville horror

Maniac Christine

And legend-tangerine dream "not really horror awesome soundtrack though"
Steph_nightmares Saturday 10/15/2011 at 05:19 AM | 85121