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The Greatest Horror Soundtrack Ever (What's Your Pick?)

Now, here’s a subjective article concept for you; let’s discuss the greatest horror film soundtrack of all time.

What the hell constitutes the greatest horror soundtrack of all time, you ask? Well, that one’s easy: it’s gotta kick ass from beginning to end, and it damn well better hold a special place in your heart, for some reason or another.

ted a mesmerizing collection of tracks that captures the essence of the 1990’s and teenage angst wonderfully.

It took another 10 years before a film’s mucal accomplice really captivated me in any way, but the reliable Quentin Tarantino did indeed make it happen. A companion piece to, Planet Terror, released as a grindhouse double feature, Death Proof was an amazing film fueled by memorable dialogue and a soundtrack to drool over. This time it wouldn’t be contemporary tunes fit to match the visual showcase; it would be vintage, and believe me, it would be awe inspiring.

The Death Proof soundtrack boasts a slew of cuts from the 1950’s, ‘60’s and ‘70’s, and each track is clearly relevant to the subjects approached within the film. The Coasters pop up with their clasc 1956 gem, “Down in Mexico”, Pacific Gas & Electric’s timeless jam “Staggolee” is showcased, as are the timeless hits, “Jeepster”, “Baby It’s You”, “The Love You Save ” and “Hold Tight!” from, T. Rex, Smith, Joe Tex and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, respectively. April March’s contemporary cut, “Chick Habit” closes this genius collection with their hard-to-determine-the-era tune, “Chick Habit”. Every song fits the film, and believe it or not, the film manages to endear a modern quality to some of yesteryear’s finest jams; the complete package is almost perplexing in how seamless it all comes together, but I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised, knowing the genius dwelling within that masve noggin of Tarantino’s.

These are just a few of my most treasured selections. There are a few more, but they pre or postdate the aforementioned albums, and they certainly don’t hold quite the same weight; these two collections are absolutely remarkable, and both earn high marks from this writer!
Matt_Molgaard Monday 11/14/2011 at 02:07 AM | 86946
NOES 4. Sleepaway Camp 2 and 3.
MickeyESBBeck Monday 11/14/2011 at 04:11 AM | 86951
I loved soundtracks from "Brainscan" and "The Faculty."

J665 Monday 11/14/2011 at 05:56 AM | 86956
Man... Return of the Living Dead, when the furnace is turned on and that shit starts coming out of the chimney. That's an epic track!!
Jonny Sicko Monday 11/14/2011 at 06:35 AM | 86961
Maximum Overdrive, no doubt about it. The minute I heard AC/DC blasting during the opening credits, I was immediately taken in by that movie's raw power and awesomeness.

I would also have to say Trick or Treat, Rock n Roll Nightmare, Rocktober Blood, Blood Diner, and Friday the 13th Part VI.

I recall watching F13 Part 6 and Maximum Overdrive around the same time (when I was twelve, I think), and they both have a place in my heart because they were the two films whose soundtracks really blew me away.
ObscureCinema101 Monday 11/14/2011 at 11:25 AM | 86968
There are a TON of horror movies that would not be nearly as great without their amazing soundtracks. Here is a short list of some of my favorites:

1) Death Proof 2) Halloween (2007) 3) Halloween II (2009) 4) The Devil's Rejects 5) Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives 6) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 7) A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master 8) Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers 9) SCRE4M 10) Pet Sematary Two


jarredah Monday 11/14/2011 at 01:21 PM | 86970
my favs:

ny ghoul Monday 11/14/2011 at 05:13 PM | 86976
Last House on The Left (original) The Devil's Rejects The Wicker Man (original) From Dusk Till Dawn Class of 1999 Brainscan
Weirdo Monday 11/14/2011 at 05:16 PM | 86977
I loved soundtracks from "Brainscan" and "The Faculty."


The Faculty did indeed have a kick ass soundtrack. the majority of the teenie driven horrors of the 90's really did to be honest. The Faculty, first couple Screams, I Know What You Did Last Summer, American Werewolf in Paris, hell even Dead Man on Campus (not horror! lmao) had an awesome track.

I think I need a refresher on the Brainscan soundtrack; can't remember it for the life of me.
Matt_Molgaard Monday 11/14/2011 at 05:56 PM | 86979
hit the nail on the head with death proof. the songs play so well into every scene, tarantino did a great job with that. especially down in mexico, who would have thought that would be a great song for a lap dance scene? perfect haha.
darkdeepwoods16 Monday 11/14/2011 at 07:00 PM | 86980

I forgot about "Idle Hands!"

J665 Monday 11/14/2011 at 08:27 PM | 86985
i freakin' LOVED the soundtrack from High Tenon.
AgnesItsMeBilly Monday 11/14/2011 at 08:52 PM | 86989
i freakin' LOVED the soundtrack from High Tenon.

good call there. Christine had a pretty wicked soundtrack as well.
Matt_Molgaard Monday 11/14/2011 at 09:43 PM | 86990
Trailer park of terror!
el_feto Tuesday 11/15/2011 at 02:19 AM | 87012
I wrote a feature on here a couple months back about my favorite horror movie soundtrack, and for me it's The Return of the Living Dead. Its clasc punk tracks accommodate the atmosphere and characters precisely, and SSQ's Tonight (We'll Make Love Until We Die) will forever be Linnea Quigley's theme song.

And your title pic of Death Proof also reminds me of how much I dig the theme song from Planet Terror.
buried13 Tuesday 11/15/2011 at 02:33 AM | 87013
Yes, Christine brilliant

Death proof.. wow speechless

The thing

Halloween "anything carpenter" Fright night

Henry portrait of a serial killer

The shining

Hellraiser II Reanimator

Creep show

Lost boys

Nightmare on elm street

Psycho Just so so many.....
Steph_nightmares Tuesday 11/15/2011 at 08:36 AM | 87026
From the Texas Chainsaw Massacre 4 (Next Generation) soundtrack: 'Blue Moon at Dawn' by the Coffee Sergeants. GREAT song. Definitely suggest listening to it!
A.Silent.Hill Wednesday 11/16/2011 at 03:48 AM | 87055
From the Texas Chainsaw Massacre 4 (Next Generation) soundtrack: 'Blue Moon at Dawn' by the Coffee Sergeants. GREAT song. Definitely suggest listening to it

I'm gonna look into that
Matt_Molgaard Wednesday 11/16/2011 at 09:05 PM | 87093
Alright I'll add another... Soundtrack from Blade 1 & 2. Some great techno.
Jonny Sicko Thursday 11/17/2011 at 02:54 AM | 87102
Alright I'll add another... Soundtrack from Blade 1 & 2. Some great techno.

i think mos def had a pretty slick track on one of those as well... maybe Blade II?
Matt_Molgaard Thursday 11/17/2011 at 02:31 PM | 87114
Yeah, Mos Def & Masve Attack - I Against I.

Had to look up the soundtrack online lol. Surpringly on the commercial soundtrack they didn't have "Blood is Pumping" by Voodoo & Serano from the Blood rave club scene. That remix was great.
Jonny Sicko Thursday 11/17/2011 at 08:55 PM | 87122
Jaws and Halloween...
Kidtut Friday 11/18/2011 at 02:26 AM | 87150
I'd say that my favorite soundtracks are:

Freddy VS Jason Queen of the Damned Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
AMadSquirrel21 Saturday 11/19/2011 at 10:48 PM | 87215