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Old 03-29-2013, 11:29 PM   #1
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Best / Your Favorite Horror Themes?

Been thinking about horror music a lot recently. Independent from entire scores (unless that's what you really want your answer to the above question to be), what specific themes and pieces from individual scores are your favorites?


This one has to be one of the all-time greats:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnKsPCTqNJ0
(It seems to have been taken down from YouTube somewhat recently... Glad I kept a backup and left it Unlisted.)


And, this one probably is the all-time great(est):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TC3jGCUJsVM


And, so this would be 2nd best:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmmOOqryqiM


Or, maybe 3rd best:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlBnDpZD9Vk


And this wasn't the film's main theme... that's surprising:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06BYPVLeqkI


Watching the movie almost ruined this one for me (I actually mean because they replay it constantly) but, I won't make that mistake twice:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPcO9yWts1M


This theme of course also plays constantly throughout the film but it's remixed brilliantly each time (this one's my favorite incarnation):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx6oDudirMI


This was on the 2-disc DVD menu but I don't remember it being in the film anywhere (another of my favorites):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TTQ8gOBMjI


You had to know this one was coming:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oyna324ATiE


One of the saddest:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dWRq1v-x7c


I have a better copy on CD, I don't know why this one doesn't seem half as sharp:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtsy1do0CTE


And, why exclude songs? This one always spooked me out as a kid:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AK5jyVCdXwc


And, this one's another classic. Not one that likely is talked about a lot:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9c-PhIeQB0


I say this is probably the best song-theme for a horror film I can think of (it's beautiful, it's sad, it's haunting and creepy as all hell):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8n8t2ew0Xrs


And, here's another beautiful creeper (song):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qISBchczu3k


Another ultimate favorite 80's horror song-theme (even when I was a punk and hated this movie - that would have been the 90's - I friggin' loved this song and I kind of floated for minutes after the tape stopped):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iww6foORLQ


Another that fills the above category, except that I didn't see this movie until I bought the DVD:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWbH-vAjYW4


Last song for a bit:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zN9hXPi6fN4


My favorite piece from this movie:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otPOZMC_Uu8


^ Reminds me a lot of this one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6S_bgbKtLI


Ah, the 80's:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6a0N0Pt5ScI


^ ...still:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iciL6F1xCS4


The opening & end credits themes to one of my favorites:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_q7EXSAUx-I


Anyone else ever think this one was fucking killer? (kind of like "Tunnel of Love" from hell):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfAeaMT8RNc


And... this one was a surprise but, WOW:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ADrTKV6XJY


Sort of like the horror version of the theme from Love Story ("Snow Frolics"):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uyZy1moD_Q

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Old 03-30-2013, 08:42 AM   #2
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Nice choices,good call on LADYBIRD from FRIGHT,a very eerie song from an underratted film.

Some obvious choices for me would be the main title to PSYCHO by Bernard Herrmann,Carpenter's HALLOWEEN and Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells from THE EXORCIST.I'm a great fan of Goblin's DEEP RED main title,Fabio Frizzi's THE BEYOND,Carpenter's THE FOG,and much of James Bernard's work for Hammer ,THE DEVIL RIDES OUT is a standout.Wendy Carlos's classical cover for THE SHINING's opening title's is wonderful (as George Carlos,Wendy is a tanssexual,she composed the score to Kubrick's A CLOCKWORK ORANGE).Jerry Goldsmith's score for THE OMEN (amazingly his only Oscar) is excellent and the much celebrated John Williams provided two overlooked gems with DePalma's THE FURY and John Badham's 1979 DRACULA.Herrmann's scores for DePalma's SISTERS and the borderline horror OBSESSION are exceptional and worth seeking out.Pino Dinagio's work for DRESSED TO KILL ,BODY DOUBLE and TOURIST TRAP are quite striking too.
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No love for Lon Cheney?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7RT9OGzXL4
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I adore that theme. I'm almost surprised it was never digitally remastered and released (wasn't this about the same time as "Monster Mash"?).


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Nice choices,good call on LADYBIRD from FRIGHT,a very eerie song from an underratted film.
Actually, I was hoping the film would have been more like Black Christmas with no cops. Her hearing things, thinking she's seeing things, and it not becoming a stranger home invasion + hostage cops-in-front-of-the-house flick... What were they thinking there again? But, "Ladybird" does it. And an absolutely chilling opening credits sequence.


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Some obvious choices for me would be the main title to PSYCHO by Bernard Herrmann,Carpenter's HALLOWEEN and Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells from THE EXORCIST.I'm a great fan of Goblin's DEEP RED main title,Fabio Frizzi's THE BEYOND,Carpenter's THE FOG,and much of James Bernard's work for Hammer ,THE DEVIL RIDES OUT is a standout.Wendy Carlos's classical cover for THE SHINING's opening title's is wonderful (as George Carlos,Wendy is a tanssexual,she composed the score to Kubrick's A CLOCKWORK ORANGE).Jerry Goldsmith's score for THE OMEN (amazingly his only Oscar) is excellent and the much celebrated John Williams provided two overlooked gems with DePalma's THE FURY and John Badham's 1979 DRACULA.Herrmann's scores for DePalma's SISTERS and the borderline horror OBSESSION are exceptional and worth seeking out.Pino Dinagio's work for DRESSED TO KILL ,BODY DOUBLE and TOURIST TRAP are quite striking too.
I was going to post the Halloween II theme; forgot.

The rest of those are some suggestions I'm going to have to check out. I don't remember most of them. And have never seen Devil Rides Out.
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Old 03-31-2013, 12:13 AM   #5
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GREAT thread. I'm a huge sucker for horror themes and have quite a collection of horror soundtracks on CD, vinyl and mp3.
Here are some of my current favorites:

Simple, repetitive, good:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0Uk4PDps1E

A hidden champion from the golden giallo era:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3X90noZZno

I love the whole soundtrack (great "updated" 80ties vibe):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7XnwqKvj28

Imagine this played in a club:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDfAKQ1Xsa8

Something from my home country:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAP5cWd28S0

A classic:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQFwW8eAy4U

Sad but beautiful:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woMOlC2q10I
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Old 03-31-2013, 01:14 AM   #6
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GREAT thread. I'm a huge sucker for horror themes and have quite a collection of horror soundtracks on CD, vinyl and mp3.
Thank you (I was hoping to get some bleed-over from the Score CD thread). Excellent choices, too.


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I love the whole soundtrack (great "updated" 80ties vibe):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7XnwqKvj28
Reminds me the most of Giorgio Moroder and Cat People.





The movie sucks shit but, I'll be damned if this isn't one of the most memorable pieces of horror music written since Sidney's theme in Scream:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exbmO1uDMbM


I did not mean to forget this one first time 'round (the bass is beautiful on this copy ...also reminds me of Cat People, I guess Moroder must have been paying attention):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNYZc6YxKpk


Always loved this scene in the movie:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8Yr95wdexw


Also forgot this one in the last post, this is also a top 10 favorite theme for me:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-JRLm6I7Ms


Perky but a classic:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRUDo0YOuj4


Speaking of 80's and clubs:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N80Z9ND1xGw


I think I may have forgotten this one too... no excuse for that (another end credits wonder):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx1ny_caZMU


Probably another of the top 10 all-time best themes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wqrA9IMnUM
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Always loved this scene in the movie:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8Yr95wdexw
Yeah, that one just nails it. The entire soundtrack has such a good flow - an absolute favorite of mine.


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I think I may have forgotten this one too... no excuse for that (another end credits wonder):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx1ny_caZMU
Must be in the the top 10 of the greatest end credits of all times.


And here's on of the coolest opening titles:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClZbHLD5Eb4
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I adore that theme. I'm almost surprised it was never digitally remastered and released (wasn't this about the same time as "Monster Mash"?).
There is a very nice multi disc CD set of the works of composer Ronald Stein,who scored many A.I.P horror favorites,titled MAD,MOD AND MACABRE and the theme song to SPIDER BABY is included (as is the entire score from the film).It is remasted from the original tapes and is very sharp and clear,especially as the song is over 40 years old.

I think "Monster Mash" came out in 1962,the "Spider Baby" song was over that films titles in 1968,though I believe the film was actually made a couple of years earlier."Monster Mash" still predates it but they do have a similar vibe and are both great fun !
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Opening credits always puts me in a good mood.
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Great bits and bobs thread! DVD-fanatic-9, you have fabulous taste for the glammy 80's, and Jeff, the soundtrack for the remake of Maniac actually sounds pretty good! Anyway, a few of my favourites...

Of course, I love the 80's too:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8-JdYv3aF8

Morricone's writing for Edda Dell'Orso's gorgeous soprano voice could be a thread in itself. A couple of choice pieces:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfV0-EeuMVI

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hg3OTvumEtw

Speaking of film songs, I also love Running from this nightmare from Dream Warriors and Fade to black from Prom Night. And then there's this beautifully schmaltzy ballad:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxJ9jRubquo

And, of course, there's the entire soundtrack of Aerobicide, which is good, cheesy fun. This would be my favourite of them all (it's NOT Only you tonight):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pM47IihXJsE

^Make with the soundtrack already!

On to more serious music, Carpenter's theme for Halloween is probably the single most effective for me (along with the HII synth version). For a long time, I couldn't listen to it alone. Jim Manzie's music for Leatherface: TCM III is very good and totally underrated, but I could not find it on the tube.

I love Rosenman's gleeful reworking of Dies Irae (also reworked for The Shining and Jason Lives):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWl5fJyd150

Another classic beautiful yet sad piece from an Italian:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skJ_SNdYu7g

And a Gothic delight:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2tZ1MdnzxY

All for now!

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There is a very nice multi disc CD set of the works of composer Ronald Stein,who scored many A.I.P horror favorites,titled MAD,MOD AND MACABRE and the theme song to SPIDER BABY is included (as is the entire score from the film).It is remasted from the original tapes and is very sharp and clear,especially as the song is over 40 years old.

I think "Monster Mash" came out in 1962,the "Spider Baby" song was over that films titles in 1968,though I believe the film was actually made a couple of years earlier."Monster Mash" still predates it but they do have a similar vibe and are both great fun !
I just found an MP3 about a minute after reading this reply. Though I didn't think the quality was a great deal sharper or more dynamic than the scratchy movie version.


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And here's on of the coolest opening titles:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClZbHLD5Eb4
It sure is. Except for the mood, I suppose it even surpasses the opening titles from Carpenter's Halloween. Halloween 4 however might just give this one a run for its' money...


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Great bits and bobs thread! DVD-fanatic-9, you have fabulous taste for the glammy 80's
Thank you. I suppose it's just not quite complete yet without one of the decade's best song-oriented soundtracks:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMlu-uNOoag
(I don't prefer this quality over the original CD but... I guess YouTube was being a jerk again that day)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxavcOn1qiI
(This one didn't get raped as hard)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MbZT5e7A64
(Or this one... at 480, at least)


But, back to themes, the original is still better musically:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gxLBE3PDtc
(Upon reflection, this might make it onto my Top 10 list if I ever sit down and do one)


Made this video because... I went through every track on YouTube for the soundtrack and I couldn't find this 60-second bit from the movie:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eLhYJNayU0


I also seem to have created this one out of two of the other tracks, splicing them together. I know they're two of my favorite sub-score pieces and I labeled the basic scenes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Zd17zWktM


And, of course:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMF0bqFiISQ


Another one that I should have included in the first video (feels a little Rocky-esque, the more I think about it, especially 0:06-0:14):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOfkL-YcnBU


Love this song too:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZwv03Z3Y6w
(A... kind-of interesting thing to play at the end of this movie. Not that shocking, since the lyrics really make sense. But... still.)
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