Six Killer Horror Soundtracks to Rattle Your Bones
3) Phantom of the Paradise - Paul Williams
What happens when you take equal parts Phantom of the Opera, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Brian De Palma? You get Phantom of the Opera, a rock opera that fulfills both words in that term. All William Finley's character wants to do is release his epic concerto about Faust, but when his music is stolen by Paul Williams' character and Finley is deformed in a record press, it's Finley's character's mission to prevent the music from being released. From jazzy songs being sung by the lead Jessica Harper to songs about the tortured anguish of Finley's character to straight-up arena rock, and even a few Beach Boys-esque songs, this soundtrack runs the gamut. One thing that's for sure is that every song is awesome and shows you why Paul Williams gained the reputation he rightfully deserves.
2) Suspiria - Goblin
Picking just one entry for all of the frequent collaborations between Goblin and director Dario Argento was tough, and there was much debate, but their soundtrack for Suspiria comes out on top. Suspria follows a young girl attending ballet school; yet. when a series of mysterious, violent events take place, she realizes there's more to this school than what she had previously thought. I've gone on record to say that the opening scenes of this movie are some of the most surreal, disturbing, and disorienting openings of any horror movie, due strongly in part to Goblin's score. The music is innocent and whimsical, yet eclectic and chaotic enough to let you know there's evil brewing just beneath the surface.