In honour of Halloween and my love of movie soundtracks, here is a list of some of my favourite horror movie scores. And………here’s a picture of me. Rah!
1. Saw (2004)
The Saw movies have an extremely solid main score which is actually called Hello Zepp. Written by Charlie Clouser it’s not particularly scary, but hugely dramatic and ear catching.
2. Hellraiser (1987)
I loooove this creepy and mystical theme song written by horror score regular Christopher Young.
3. Drag Me to Hell (2009)
The main theme – also written by Christopher Young – is dark and twisted but slightly playful too. It suits the movie wonderfully.
4. Insidious (2010)
From the moment the title flashes onto the screen the terrifying music is evident. Joseph Bishara did such a truly excellent job of creating such a modern day classic horror score.
5. Halloween (1978)
Written by John Carpenter himself, one could not have a horror film score list without including this classic.
6. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
The least scary song on my list, in possibly the nastiest movie (on my list). Riz Ortolani’s original score is kind of beautiful, kind of sad and very haunting.
7. 28 Days Later (2002)
‘In the House / In a Heartbeat’ – this is an atmospheric and vivid score written by the genius John Murphy (also responsible for Sufrace of the Sun from Sunshine). It’s probably my favourite on the whole list. Super effective and super memorable, it’s a fantastic song in its own right and still leaves me with goose bumps.
8. Creepshow (1982)
Creepy and humorous, this old score complete with thunder claps, jabbery piano playing and whispering voices is just a delight. What’s not to love?
9. Jaws (1975)
Yes, the legendary music! Much like Halloween I couldn’t have the list without adding this gem from John Williams. Now this is genuinely scary and I wouldn’t even go in a swimming pool if it were playing.
10. The Fly (1986)
Another fantastic Cronenberg and Shore collaboration. The whole scored soundtrack is brilliant, deep and dramatic but ‘Plasma Pool’ is my most favourite track. I actually listen to this OST while I’m cleaning.