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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 10-20-2013, 08:12 PM   #16
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Great poll. For me, Carpenter barely edges out Goldsmith, who's scores I absolutely love (especially Basic Instinct, The Omen, Poltergeist and Gremlins). I also am a Tangerine Dream fan and absolutely love that they scored Grand Theft Auto 5.
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Old 10-20-2013, 09:02 PM   #17
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:57 PM   #18
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Okay I've thought about it, Pino Donaggio takes it.
His scores for Carrie, Dressed to Kill, & Don't Look Now are beautiful and haunting.
I also love his score for Blow Out.

other favorites on that list are definitely Bernard Hermann, Goblin, and John Carpenter.
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:29 PM   #19
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^ Agreed: it's Pino. But... don't forget The Howling!!!

And Piranha!!!

But, largely, let's do forget Trauma. Okay?
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:55 PM   #20
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I went with Goblin but might lean to Carpenter or Morricone on a different day. It's that close.

Like most have said, all of these guys have done some sensational work. Glass's Candyman score is a favorite. But I hate his score for Browning's Dracula. I also hate Donaggio's goofy Tourist Trap score, which kept him out of consideration for my top spot. Most of his other work is fantastic.
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^ Agreed: it's Pino. But... don't forget The Howling!!!

And Piranha!!!
How did I forget The Howling?! I used to love that movie as a kid... I need to rewatch it.

I've never seen Piranha, so shame on me haha

AND I just realized (Google helped me actually haha) that he did the score for Tourist Trap as well!
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Old 10-26-2013, 03:51 PM   #22
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Man, Henry Manfredini, Lalo Schifrin, John Carpenter, Goblin, Joseph LoDuca, Howard Shore, Brad Fiedel.

I voted for Brad Fiedel, close 2nd was Joseph LoDuca, especially for the soundtrack for Evil Dead. Brad Fiedel because he did the instrumential music for Fright Night, and I own the full 28 track CD. There are so many good composers, it was almost hard to choose, and Howard Shore's score from Scanners, was the best, and Shivers.
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No love for Bruno Nicolai on here what a shame.
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:23 AM   #24
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No love for Bruno Nicolai on here what a shame.
Very talented composer,excelled in Giallo's,Italian Gothics and Eurowesterns.Conducted many fine scores by others as well.
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Very talented composer,excelled in Giallo's,Italian Gothics and Eurowesterns.Conducted many fine scores by others as well.

Thank you for the kind words I agree he is a fantastic composer.
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:51 AM   #26
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Tough to decide. Howard Shore and Philip Glass are two of my favorite composers of all time but I don't really think of them when I think horror scores. Same with Tangerine Dream, though their Firestarter score is godly. Have to give it to John Carpenter.

I might've chosen Alan Howarth instead had that been an option.

God Howarth.
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Went with John Carpenter with Goblin and Goldsmith close behind.
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How did I forget The Howling?! I used to love that movie as a kid... I need to rewatch it.

I've never seen Piranha, so shame on me haha

AND I just realized (Google helped me actually haha) that he did the score for Tourist Trap as well!
Score-wise, I think The Howling might be his best all-around / complete score, but the Main Theme (at the end) of Piranha is still the one that gives me the chills:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRkBMfUxsG8
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:02 AM   #29
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Jerry Goldsmith's Poltergeist
John Williams' Jaws
Brad Fiedel's The Terminator
John Carpenter's Halloween
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