Six Killer Horror Soundtracks to Rattle Your Bones

5) The Thing (1982) - Ennio Morricone

Considered to be some of John Carpenter's best work, and one of the few examples where a remake is generally regarded to be better than the original, The Thing gave audiences feelings of paranoia, isolation, and the bleakness of life. Departing from his usual style, Carpenter relinquished his composer responsibilities to Ennio Morricone, an Italian composer who was made famous by his work on Spaghetti Westerns, specifically his work for his friend Sergio Leone like A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. In retrospect, it seems so ridiculously obvious that the best way for Carpenter to convey those themes of isolation and being surrounded by an environment so incredibly harsh and dangerous, with the people encountered being the only rival to those dangers, was picking someone like Morricone.

4) The Exorcist - Mike Oldfield/Krzysztof Penderecki/Jack Nitzsche

In The Exorcist modern science and religion come to debate over what has afflicted young Regen. The score heavily features classical music which wasn't even composed for the film, as the original score, by Lalo Schifrin, was considered too intense by the movie studio. Director William Friedkin chose other pieces that worked well, despite those musical pieces not necessarily being instantly recognizable. When it comes to one movie being epitomized through music, do we really even need to go any further than the main theme, "Tubular Bells"? This minimalist theme grows more intense, more erratic, and more jarring, despite the main harmony repeating endlessly. It's that never-ending hook that reminds you that no matter what happens to the characters in the film, there are some things bigger than them that will continue forever.

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Fun list!
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Fun list!

Submitted by Terminal on Mon, 09/17/2012 - 5:26pm.

Thanks! I sometimes post lists on my website (www.thewolfmancometh.com) and look forward to more lists on Dread Central!

Submitted by The Wolfman on Mon, 09/17/2012 - 6:13pm.

The first 4 FT13th movies, Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984), Prom Night (1980), Pet Sematary, The Evil Dead, Zombie, Childs Play. Just some of the spookiest soundtracks I can think of. And I have to agree about Suspiria, theres something cool and disturbing about the soundtrack The Goblins provided.

Submitted by JB Demented on Mon, 09/17/2012 - 1:34pm.

It was hard to pick just ONE Goblins soundtrack, but I went with the one that I hold near and dear to my heart.

Submitted by The Wolfman on Mon, 09/17/2012 - 3:14pm.

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