With Halloween just around the corner, I find myself thinking of my favourite horror movies. The movies that are genuinely scary—even after the movie has finished.
A lot of that tension and atmosphere comes from the soundtrack, and here are some of my favourites:
- The Exorcist (soundtrack by Mike Oldfield) - Halloween (soundtrack by John Carpenter) - The Shining (Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta by Béla Bartók) - The Twilight Zone (theme by Marius Constant) - The Walking Dead (theme by Bear McCreary)
What’s yours? Add a YouTube link if possible.
How do good horror movies affect you? The hair on the back of your neck? Scared to walk down the hallway? Hiding under the blankets? Nightmares? I have to admit to all of them, though mainly when I was younger. These days I mainly just jump. Goodness, we’re big kids!
Movie: Phenomena, soundtrack: Phenomena
I don’t even know if these movies are known abroad, but when they first came out, many years ago, they were very scary… anyway, movie director: Dario Argento, band: Goblin
Same for me Adrian, when I was younger I was hiding under my blanket, and I was really scared of dark places… I felt like someone was following me… running very fast to turn the lights on
Wow abstract-labs, I got tricked when you mentioned Phenomena. I was thinking of Phenomenon with John Travolta. I haven’t seen Phenomena, but enjoyed that track. The movie sounds a bit corny – a girl with a telepathic link to insects that help her solve crimes. But it might be worth watching to see if Jennifer Connelly could act when she was 14.
Motionvids, I love that Psycho track too – it reminds me of intense screaming. I had it on my original list, but cut it down to just five tracks.
I would have to say
• Eyes Wide Shut:
The ultra-simplistic piano theme is one of the most haunting I have ever heard.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DExkPNbo7I
• The Terminator:
Brad Fiedel´s amazing tech-noir soundtrack is one of the stars of that movie. The tunnel chase and parking scenes still give me chills.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvQMikeu4vc
Just watch the opening and listen to that eerie, howling space-wind. I know it´s not music – but the radar tracker sound that tells us that something is moving closer to the main characters..and fast! is still one of the scariest sounds ever.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKWgepGEZU8 Tracker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HVQrG6Y7WQ
a little known supernatural series on British TV back in the 70s-80s called: ‘Tales of the Unexpected’