“A Nightmare On Elm Street” score sneaks up on you and taps your
senses, ushering you to a mysterious world that is no longer home sweet
home. The music becomes the hunter, while the listeners become the prey.
Once leaving this sonic atmosphere you start to wonder if Freddy Kruger
is just a dream or reality.
2) Jaws – John Williams (1975)
coming and it’s coming fast, faster, as the score of “Jaws” takes you
on an intense chase tattooing goose bumps on your arms each time the
community on the small island of Amity decides enter the mouth of the
3) Saw – “Hello Zep” Charlie Clouser (2004)
score for “Saw” has a way of making you empathize with the victim,
putting you in a vulnerable position of wanting to fight for each
4) The Exorcist – Mike Oldfield (1973)
score in “The Exorcist” is like a trance that takes you over from the
moment it starts; dominating all of your attention. It doesn’t allow you
to let go, until the demonic entity is cast out of Regan’s body.
5) Candyman – Philip Glass (1992)
The score for “Candyman” breathes curiosity on a merry-go-round of unknown energy waiting to be released.
It only took Helen Lyle’s wondering mind to call out his name five
times in her mirror to realize he may be more than an urban legend, as
the mystifying sounds play between good and evil making you wonder if
it’s real or all in the mind.
6) Halloween – “Halloween Theme” John Carpenter (1978)
Michael Myers was only a six year old boy when he stabbed his sister to
death and was put in a mental institution. He soon escaped after 15
years returning to Haddonfield with a mask, knife and this cringing
score that stalked the entire journey of “Halloween.”
7) Psycho – Bernard Herrmann (1960)
Norman Bates’ demeanor was enhanced by a sound as deranged as his
mental state. It takes you from one erratic feeling to another.
The images of “Psycho” work hand and hand with this score to the point
that without one it would not be as effectively alarming.
8) Creepshow – John Harrison (1982)
Many tales of horrific accounts are amplified by a hell storm of
menacing chords that can wrap around any twist and turn playing out the cult classic anthology “Creepshow.”
9) Amityville Horror – Lalo Schifrin (1979)
“Amityville Horror” score takes hostage of the beauty you perceive to
be heard in between laughter. It proceeds to ransack the underlining joy
with the most unsettling vibes. It made the easy going family
guy George Lutz appear a lot more threatening amidst his demise, as
paranormal activity overturned his household.
10) The Bad Seed · Alex North (conductor), Warner Bros Studio Orchestra (1956)
score of “The Bad Seed” composes a gloating smile of the perfect joy
tangled in an inflection of the most excruciating sorrow. It’s tender,
yet hostile; it’s comforting yet delusional, making you feel some sort
of sympathy towards eight year old Rhoda Penmark even though you know
her intentions are wickedly premeditated. Ahh, this score surly knows
how to deceive you.
11) CARRIE – Pino Donaggio (1976)
you make an entrance into “Carrie” (the outcast overly full of
rejection and pain) this score injects a symphony of alarming fury
blowing a coat of hollow vengeance. It almost takes a weight off
the burden of truly connecting with Carrie White’s agonizing soul.
12) Texas Chain Saw Massacre – Wayne Bell & Tobe Hooper (1974)
“Texas Chain Saw Massacre” score is like that old creek in the
door opening up with a terrorizing gulp of suspicion and fear. It
rattles around your consciousness giving you the notion that you are a
tormented game being played.
eyes are enough to summon a score full of caution and damnation,
intertwined with the touch of innocence as a hook of trickery of “The
Omen.” Every tiptoe of each note seduces you into the cloak of this
child that is the spawn of Satan.
14) INSIDIOUS – Joseph Bishara (2011)
suspense traps you inside of yourself not knowing how to get out of the
immediate grasp it has on you while taking on the Lambert family’s frightening ordeal. It’s a new generation of a unnerving horror film scoring that keeps you on edge.
15) It Follows – Rich Vreeland (2015)
Follows” is a modern film that reminisces the sound of a classic horror
film with the I’m-going-to-get-you notion. It ensues the moving
pictures like a predator intimidating it’s prey, making Jay’s character
seem like she will never shake the madness.
16) Sinister – Christopher Young (2012)
score of “Sinister” takes you on a terrifying passage into a dark
world full of tainted forces that will make you suffer immensely. Each
bewitching sound maneuvers as a bully over true crime writer Ellison Oswalt’s sanity.
17) Children Of The Corn – Jonathan Elias (1984)
The “Children Of The Corn” score reeks purity deluded by a vile circle of strings channeling wrathful voices of mischief that can pierce through you like silent pain.
18) Friday the 13th – Harry Manfredini (1980)
boy Jason Voorhees drowned at Camp Crystal Lake because the counselors were not paying attention. With a broader build and a machete ready to
slaughter, he come back on his birthday “Friday the 13th” for revenge.
This score is like a shadow that never stops following you. You think
it’s all in your mind, but it chases you slowly until you’re cornered
with no way out.
19) The Shining – Wendy Carlos and Rachel Elkind (1980)
Shining” score rings like the old is morphing into a new haunting
energy that is no longer the man they once knew as Jack Torrance. The
orchestration bangs its chest with aggression, crawling out of the skin
it once knew, invading new territory upon an isolated hotel in the deep
20) Black Sabbath – Les Baxter and Roberto Nicolosi (1963)
Twenty-seven seconds in this iconic clip from horror film “Black
Sabbath” you will experience the unbearable threatening acoustics that
drums and organs can convey, as if it’s another presence in the room.
With hypnotizing lighting, daunting make-up, wicked attire, actresses
that became the parts and profound use of special effects (which were
limited back then) the score brewed the right mood for this scene and
the film that inspired legendary metal band Black Sabbath.
Did you swarm? Did it chase you? Did it haunt you? Did it displace you? Were you engrossed? Were you still? Were your eyes closed? Did you feel? It’s never really a question, but more so an unknown reaction that possesses the mind, body, and soul when glamoured by a powerful score that is as potent as heavy metal through a werewolf’s heart.
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