The Sound Of Horror - Music To Our Ears
When one thinks of a horror movie, the first thought may typically be it's visuals. How gory it looked, how scary the villains disguise was, how attractive the lead actors were. It makes sense; the horror genre is one that lives and dies on its ability to deliver a strong presentation, so that the impact of the story loses none of it's intended punch, and the visuals are a huge part of that. But only a part nonetheless.
This is where the soundtrack comes into play. Used in many different ways by a film; setting the audience up for a scare, building ambiance, associating a theme to specific characters, and even manipulation (almost like a musical "slight-of-hand"), the soundtrack can make or break a moment or direction for any horror movie no matter how strong it's visuals.
As an appreciation for this aspect of film, our site members have chosen their top three horror movie soundtracks, along with a brief description as to why they regard it so highly. Enjoy!
Jeremiah Rosario - Co-Founder of TTF13.com
1) Creepshow (1982) - John Harrison's work here is something I truly admire. The ability to lend each story it's own distinct theme that completely augments the on-screen action, while remaining timelessly haunting, speaks to his incredible talent. Highlights are the intro theme, and main theme for "Something to Tide You Over"
2) Halloween (1978) - Speaking to John Carpenter's genius, the ability for him to not only write, direct, and produce this horror classic masterpiece, but compose the soundtrack as well! The main theme has become such a staple in the genre that even casual film-goers will recognize it and the images of Michael Myers, the melody conjures up.
3) Suspiria (1977) - Goblin's work here scared the living shit out of me. Really, that's all I can say about it. The main theme song gave me massive shivers, and I imagined it was like what a bunch of demonic witches, singing hymns around a burning human effigy would sound like. Yet, every so often I find myself humming it again and again.
David Wronski - Co-Founder of TTF13.com
1) Suspiria (1977) - Puts you in a dream-like trance
2) Cannibal Holocaust (1980) - Beautifully Eerie
3) The Fog (1980) - Thick, murky, and synth heavy
Jasmine Martinez - Host for video podcast "Bitches of Horror"
1) It Follows (2014) - Disasterpiece..MORE LIKE MASTERPIECE! Hot damn I would let that thing stalk me any day as long as that soundtrack was playing.
2) Silent Hill - This movie is one of the best video game adapations, even though it doesn't follow the story that well. Akira Yamaoka is one of my favorite composers of all time and the music and sound of the film, is of course, genius.
3) Starry Eyes- The movie is good, the music is even better. I got the special edition just so I could get my hands on that soundtrack; and If the film's cult was playing it, count me in.
Sarah Giercksky - Host for video podcast "Bitches of Horror"
1) Suspiria (1977) - Goblin really enhances the horror.
2) It follows (2014) - Reminds me of slasher movies from the 80's,
3) Maniac (2012) - Great songs, for a really good remake
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