Memorable/effective horror movie scores

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  1. Copyboy

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    Pino Donaggio's DRESSED TO KILL definitely needs a reissue. There is so much great music in the film that's completely missing from the soundtrack release.

    I love Jerry Goldsmith's score for PSYCHO II. It's probably not one of his best, but it's got a real sense of sadness to it that just works.
     
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    Second that, and Poltergeist as well. I get goosebumps every time the rebirth sequence kicks in! Amazing work. I'll also add Alien to that list.

    Some other memorable scores: Elliot Goldenthal's work for Neil Jordan's Interview with the Vampire and In Dreams (especially the former).

    Another Goldsmith score that I really like, but which is accompanied by a film of debatable quality, is the music he did for The Haunting remake.
     
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    My faves:

    By Goldsmith: Poltergeist (Probably my all-time favorite score. I never get tired of this one), The Omen, Psycho II, Alien, Magic, The Other, Mephisto Waltz

    By Williams: The Fury, Dracula '79

    By Carpenter: Halloween III, The Fog, Christine

    By Donaggio: Carrie, Don't Look Now, Tourist Trap

    The Shining (Kubrick) - excellent use of pre-recorded music
    Psycho
    The Haunting of Julia
    Cujo
    Dead Calm
    Prom Night, Curtains, My Bloody Valentine, Ghostkeeper - all essentially the same soundtrack by Paul Zaza
    Creepshow
    Suspiria
    Amityville 1 and 2
    Session 9
    Funhouse
    Picnic at Hanging Rock

    Has anyone found these soundtracks online?: Just Before Dawn, The Sender
     
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    Exorcist II: The Heretic had an absoloutley beautiful score :)

    The Burning; The score is so simple yet so creepy

    Tenabre: The music that plays over the 2 minute tracking shot is a great piece of scoring.

    Psycho I-IV: Well What can you say? Amazing.....

    Black Christmas (1974): Muted.....but compliments whats going on perfectly

    Toolbox Murders (1978): Cheesy & dramatic at the same time
     
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    I've always liked the scores for Cronenberg's flicks. The Fly and Videodrome both have these minimal synth scores that are highly effective and creepy.
     
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    My favorites:

    Cannibal holocaust
    Evil Dead
    Zombie
    Hellraiser
    Dawn of the dead "argento"
    Inferno
    The Beyond
    Demons
    Maniac
    The Slayer
    Curtains
    Nekromantic 1 and 2
    and....

    I Spit on your Grave hahaha
     
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    The Sixth Sense soundtrack is creepy as all hell. Exorcist 1 and The Shining as well.
     
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    Another terrific Jerry Goldsmith score is LINK. It's a mediocre film at best, but the memorable score really enhances it.
     
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    Pure masterpiece!!!
     
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    My favorite is Chris Young's Hellraiser, it is so beautifuly creepy, dark...I just love it and its amongst my fav CDs from all time (including all kinds of music I listen to).
    Another fav. is ANOES (Charles Bernstein), Phantasm (Myrow, Seagrave), The Entity (Charles Bernstein) and The Changeling .
     
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    Cannibal holocaust
    Exorcist 1 and 2
    Suspiria
    Halloween II and III
    Prince of darkness
    The Fog
     
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    For some reason that annoys me.....:rolleyes:

    Does the guy not have any other music he can use?

    Don't get me wrong its a good score but to have it appear in:

    Prom Night I-IV
    Curtains
    My Bloody Valentine
    Ghostkeeper
    and Popcorn

    I personally think its a bit much....
     
  13. alexc

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    I have to agree on Psycho of course cause it's classic. Also possibly The Shining or Sweeney Todd (not exactly classic "horror" per se, but I usually categorize it that way).
     
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    Some personal favorites:

    John Carpenter: Halloween III: Season of the Witch, The Fog, Prince of Darkness
    James Bernard: The Devil Rides Out
    Goblin: Tenebre
    Bruno Nicolai: All the Colors of the Dark
    Richard Einhorn: Shock Waves
    Fabio Frizzi: City of the Living Dead
    Giuliano Sorgini: The Living Dead At Manchester Morgue
    Ennio Morricone: Lizard In a Woman's Skin
    Brian Hodgson: The Legend of Hell House
     
  15. mclay18

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    I'd better add some more scores:

    Daybreakers - Christopher Gordon
    Devil - Fernando Velazquez
    Shiver/Esconfrio - Fernando Velazquez
    The Uninvited - Christopher Young
     
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    Two of my favorites that aren't listed here are Jacobs Ladder and The Ring. I swear that those soundtracks make the films so much better.
     
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    Oh, I forgot about that. It's probably Hans Zimmer's best work -- it's minimalistic and downbeat but it weaves such an intoxicating spell. The Ring Two also has some really good extensions of the original film's sound, check out the Decca CD if you haven't already.

    Another score I forgot: Drag Me to Hell. Such a wonderful, over-the-top horror score by maestro Christopher Young. I swear the guy has a great ability to capture the macabre in a wonderfully musical way.
     
  19. DVD-fanatic-9

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    I saw a few mentions of Pino Donaggio... but no Piranha? And I saw one The Howling, but not in connection with Pino. Can't forget the Joe Dante connection.

    Also, saw a John Harrison mention with Creepshow. But... no love for Day of the Dead? I guess it's not a scary score, but it's still pretty good- right?



    My list of favorites (no special order):
    0. Gene Moore - Carnival of Souls
    0. Claudio Simonetti / Goblin - Tenebre, Phenomena, and Opera
    0. John Massari - Killer Klowns from Outer Space
    0. Chuck Cirino - Sorority House Massacre II and Hard to Die / Tower of Terror
    0. John Harrison - Creepshow and Day of the Dead
    0. Howard Shore - Videodrome
    0. John Carpenter - The Fog
    0. Pino Donaggio - Piranha and The Howling
    0. Richard Band - From Beyond
    0. Alan Howarth, John Carpenter - Halloween II and Halloween III: Season of the Witch
    0. Brian (and Roger?) Eno - Opera
    0. Gus Russo, Clutch Reiser - Basket Case and Brain Damage
    0. Fred Myrow and Malcolm Seagrave - Phantasm
    0. Chris Stone - Masters of Horror: Incident On and Off a Mountain Road
    0. Jay Chattaway - Maniac and Masters of Horror: Pick Me Up
    0. Michelle Scullion, Jay Snowfield - Bad Taste



    Are you sure? I seem to remember Maniac had a score. I'm not sure how many scenes it plays in, but I remember vividly that some scenes had real score pieces in them (and that they were pretty damn good too).
     
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    Good pick, often overlooked. Great musical scores throughout the movie.
     
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