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View Poll Results: Who is your favorite horror film composer?
Bernard Herrmann 3 4.11%
Brad Fiedel 3 4.11%
Bruno Nicolai 1 1.37%
Charles Bernstein 0 0%
Christopher Young 2 2.74%
Ennio Morricone 2 2.74%
Fabio Frizzi 2 2.74%
Franz Waxman 0 0%
Goblin 16 21.92%
Harry Manfredini 2 2.74%
Howard Shore 0 0%
Jerry Goldsmith 2 2.74%
John Carpenter 30 41.10%
John Williams 1 1.37%
Joseph LoDuca 0 0%
Lalo Schifrin 0 0%
Paul Zaza 0 0%
Philip Glass 1 1.37%
Pino Donaggio 6 8.22%
Tangerine Dream 2 2.74%
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Old 10-19-2013, 02:06 PM   #1
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Favorite horror film composer

Names and acts like Goblin, Tangerine Dream, Ennio Morricone and Bernard Herrmann are often just as famous as the direcetors they worked for. There are so many classic horror themes from all over the world, many of which are just as recognizable as the movie they were made for. With Goblin touring around North America this year for the first time, let's take a look at our favorite horror composers. Which is yours?
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Old 10-19-2013, 02:36 PM   #2
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Impossible to call, Love them all.

Donaggio's Carrie & Don't Look Now are sublime

Morricone's The Thing

Goldsmith's The Omen

Manfredini's contribution to the Friday series also deserves a mention.

Couldn't choose a favourite.
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Old 10-19-2013, 04:37 PM   #3
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Maybe not the best but I'll throw Richard Band in there...he has a few classics.
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Old 10-19-2013, 04:46 PM   #4
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What, no Harry Manfredini? For shame.
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Old 10-19-2013, 07:16 PM   #5
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What, no Harry Manfredini? For shame.
Yeah, that's my bad. He's kind of a one trick pony, but what a trick. Added.
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:13 PM   #6
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Old 10-19-2013, 10:31 PM   #7
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I'll go with Christopher Young, since he composed Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II... which probably get more CD plays than any other soundtrack in my collection. I love a lot of "horror" composers, but none quite hit me like those two scores.
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Don't know who I'd vote for yet, but I did want to point out that James Bernard should probably be on this list considering how defining his contributions were.

I'm really torn on this one. Morricone is my favorite composer out of all of them, but I tend to think that his western and crime scores are far more interesting than his horror scores.

I think Shore's Videodrome and Crash are exceptional, but I'm rather indifferent to most of his other stuff.

I'd probably say that Carpenter's scores are the best, but only in context of the films. I don't think they hold up as well when listened to alone. Likewise for Goblin's Argento scores.

So, after writing all this down, I think I'd go with Bernard Hermann, but James Bernard would come in a close second. Or maybe Wendy Carlos just for Shining.

Aw, damn, I really don't know. I'm just going with Hermann

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Old 10-20-2013, 12:17 AM   #9
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This is impossible to answer, rhett....

I love that you included Paul Zaza, because I love his scores in My Bloody Valentine, Curtains, and Prom Night!
I'm going to have to think about this one for a little bit... too hard to decide at the moment. I'm kinda shocked no one has voted for Pino Donaggio.
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Old 10-20-2013, 03:37 AM   #10
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I gave Goblin the edge overall
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Old 10-20-2013, 09:25 AM   #11
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I hard to go with Bernard Herrmann as he is my personal favorite film composer.I would add to this list James Bernard,the wonderful India born British composer who scored many of Hammer Films greatest pictures.Check out his stuff,marvelous !
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Old 10-20-2013, 10:46 AM   #12
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Morricone has written some absolute beautiful scores for the genre - Orca, Exorcist II: The Heretic, and What Have You Done to Solange?:


Jerry Goldsmith's score for The Omen is of course a classic, but I've always had a soft spot for the theme from Link:


I also have a soft spot for this "fanfare of terror" type of composition by Harry Sukman:


...And I could name dousins more... But, in terms of sheer terror, nothing beats John Carpenter's score for Halloween, so my vote goes to him.
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Old 10-20-2013, 01:03 PM   #13
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Went with Goblin, followed very closely behind by Tangerine Dream and John Carpenter. This was a tough one though as I love every composer in the list.
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Old 10-20-2013, 06:43 PM   #14
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Lots of good ones not on that list. Alan Howarth, Simon Boswell, Michel Rubini, Wendy/Walter Carlos, Jay Chattaway, John Harrison, Rick Wakeman, Harry Bromley Davenport, Guido De Angelis, Walter Rizzati...

But yeah, John Carpenter...followed closely by Brad Fiedel and Tangerine Dream.
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Old 10-20-2013, 06:54 PM   #15
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Another worthy composer to add would be James Bernard, who did some of the best Hammer Films. Still, I would have to say John Carpenter is probably my favorite.
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