Okay, that's over-stating it a bit. But it's no lie that most of the music on my iPod is horror movie scores. You could say I have a serious obsession. I've got waaay too many downloaded scores from off the internet, many are even legal!
Of course I like most of the same scores as the majority of other horror fans, the ever-popular Halloween, Jaws and The Omen...but I also have a lot of more obscure ones. I recall my serious fixation with getting my hands on the score for Psycho II (which most regular readers here will not be surprised to hear). It was listed on eBay, sure...for about $150.00! That was certainly out of the question. Finally found it for around $25.00 - it was on cassette and was in Nebraska. Guess what? I bought it. A few years later I found it online - for free! Of course I won't tell where, but suffice it to say I was elated and probably made about four or five copies. I even have a copy in my fire safe with my marriage certificate and insurance policies. Now that's commitment! It remains one of my favorite scores.
Anyway, I've listed twenty-eight of my favorite scores. I thought about trying to find samples for every one of them, but some of them would be hard to find and I'm not savvy enough to know how to upload them here.
*You'll note The Exorcist isn't here, and that's only because I chose not to base my picks on one tune, and Tubular Bells is actually Mike Oldfield's composition and wasn't written specifically for the movie. That does not however, make it any less affecting.
Off to the races....
|One of the best. Carpenter is a multi-talented son-of-a-bitch. Besides the main theme, my two favorite tracks are 'The Haunted House' and 'Halloween 1978'. Sometimes, simple is just more effective!|
|It is actually surprising to be able to purchase a score from a documentary, so I was pleasantly stunned to see it available. It's an amazing compliment to the top notch film, with just as much atmosphere.|
|Easily as dark and eerie as the title suggests, this score is perfect for the morbid subject matter at hand. |
My favorite track is 'Ebril'.
|The most spectacular thing about this score is the fact that it has been remastered and re-released as of this fall! To my knowledge it is only available on iTunes, but I could be wrong. A superb score by a true master, Ennio Morricone.|
|Speaking of jazz, Trevor Jones strikes a melancholy mood here that has me wanting to hang out in a jazzy dive bar.|
By far one of my favorite scores for a rainy day.
|You certainly have to be in the right mood for this disc, the largely organ-based score takes you right back to the deserted carnival where the ghoul awaits to take you deep into no-man's land. Very creepy.|
|Another score by Dario Marianelli, Jane Eyre is an impressive score, with a downbeat main theme that remains throughout but is distinctive enough that you never get bored with it. My current favorite.|
|Here's a surprise. I've never seen this movie. Yet. Apparently it's a Finnish film about strange happenings at a boy's school. All I know is I happened upon it on iTunes and the rest is history. You can check out a sample there.|