Halloween Horror Movie Scores!
In honour of Halloween and my love of movie soundtracks, here’s a list of some of my favourite horror movie scores. And a picture of me looking all toothy and scary. Rahh.
1. Saw (2004)
The Saw movies have an extremely solid main score which is weirdly called ‘Hello Zepp’. Written by Charlie Clouser (who was in Nine Inch Nails) it’s not particularly ‘scary’, but very dramatic and ear catching. And definitely better than the entire film franchise put together.
2. Hellraiser (1987)
I love this creepy and mystical sounding theme song written by horror score regular Christopher Young. And it achieves that rare thing of being both lovely and scary at the same time. Always been a favourite.
3. Drag Me to Hell (2009)
The main theme – also written by Christopher Young – is dark and twisted but ever so slightly playful as well. It suits the movie wonderfully and though the film itself isn’t the MOST memorable, I still enjoy listening to this main score on a pretty regular basis.
4. Insidious (2010)
From the moment the title flashes onto the screen, the terrifying music is evident. Joseph Bishara (who also played that lipstick demon guy) did a truly excellent job of creating a modern day – yet classic sounding – horror score. Read my entire soundtrack review here.
5. Halloween (1978)
OBVS!!!!! Written by John Carpenter himself, one could not have a horror film score list without including this classic (said just like the Sean Bean meme from Lord of the Rings).
6. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
The least scariest (and actually kind of lovely) music on here belongs ironically to the nastiest movie. Riz Ortolani’s original score is pretty beautiful, kind of sad and very haunting. As far as the film goes, meh.
7. 28 Days Later (2002)
‘In the House / In a Heartbeat’ – a really atmospheric and vivid score written by the genius John Murphy, who really should be counted as one of the best modern composers around right now. Super effective and super memorable – this is a fantastic piece of music in its own right and still leaves me with goose bumps. Read my entire soundtrack review here.
8. Creepshow (1982)
Creepy and humorous (and a little bit chilling), this old and typically 80s score (complete with thunder claps, jabbery piano playing and whispering voices!!!) is JUST PURE DELIGHT. I’ve always really liked Creepshow (and Creepshow 2) because they’re fun, different and still a little bit crazy.
9. Jaws (1975)
Yep. Time for THE legendary music and much like the Halloween score, I couldn’t have a list without adding this absolute gem from John Williams. Now this is genuinely scary I’m sure everyone would agree. I wouldn’t go in a swimming pool (or indeed even a bathtub) if it were playing loudly somewhere.
10. The Fly (1986)
Another fantastic David Cronenberg / Howard Shore collaboration. The whole soundtrack is brilliant, deep and dramatic but ‘Plasma Pool’ is my most favourite track. I actually listen to this while I’m cleaning. I’m weird I know.