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Top 10 Tuesday: Original Horror Soundtracks

What’s Top 10 Tuesday? It’s a new Top 10 List every Tuesday!

With so many memorable horror soundtracks that have stuck with me over the years, this is easily the hardest Top 10 List I’ve put together. To narrow things down a bit i’m only including original soundtracks which will explain the absence of some amazing compilations like The Return of the Living Dead, The Exorcist & The Shining. I’m also only including one album per composer/performer (otherwise half this list would be John Carpenter).

Honorable Mention, It Follows (2014)
Disasterpeace

The most recent soundtrack on this list by far is from video game composer Richard Vreeland (known as Disasterpeace). This eerie soundtrack gives you a tense uneasy feeling delivered through a retro-feeling synth-heavy score.

10. The Wicker Man (1973)
Paul Giovanni & Magnet

If you listened to The Wicker Man Soundtrack without watching the movie first you probably wouldn’t know it was for a horror movie. Composed by Paul Giovanni and performed by Magnet, it’s a weird mix of folk and children’s music that somehow is perfect for the film and makes it that much creepier.

9. Videodrome (1983)
Howard Shore

Would it really be a Cronenberg movie without a Howard Shore composed soundtrack? For as strange of a film as Videodrome is, the soundtrack was created in an even stranger manner. Everything was composed for an orchestra but played through a synthesizer and then combined with the same score played by a string section. You weren’t able to tell which source was which and it didn’t matter, the end result is one of the creepiest soundtracks of all time.

8. The Beyond (1981)
Fabio Frizzi

The Italian partnership between composer Fabio Frizzi and director Lucio Fulci was a beautiful one that gave us fantastic soundtracks like City of the Living Dead, Zombi 2 & Manhattan Baby. But it’s The Beyond which features a masterful atmospheric blend of synth-filled prog rock and with orchestral pieces eerie chanting.

7. The Keep (1983)
Tangerine Dream

German Prog Rock legends Tangerine Dream were no strangers to film soundtracks but the only horror film they scored besides Near Dark was The Keep. Even rarer was finding a copy of the soundtrack. Only 300 official copies were originally released which caused a flood of bootlegs.

Tangerine Dream fills this strange film with wailing guitars, disco beats, vocoders and overall synth mastery. It’s also a case of a soundtrack being better than the film itself.

6. Psycho (1960)
Bernard Herrmann

While Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is one of the most iconic movies of all time, it’s orchestral soundtrack is even more memorable. As soon as you hear the rough violins of “The Murder” you’re immediately transported to the bathroom in Marion Crane’s room at the Bates Motel.

5. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Kryzsztof Komeda

It’s not often you get a jazz legend like Krzysztof Komeda to score a movie, let alone a horror film. Komeda skilfully manages to blend jazz, orchestras and lullaby (sung by Mia Farrow) into a subtle yet eerily effective score for Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby.

4. Nosferatu (1978)
Popol Vuh

Werner Herzog’s remake of Nosferatu features one of the stranger soundtracks in horror with German “Krautrock” band Popol Vuh. Popol Vuh gives the film an unique sound that ranges from acoustic folk to synth that ranges from dark and dreary to light and hopeful. There’s nothing else that really sounds like it and somehow it fits the film perfectly.

3. Halloween (1978)
John Carpenter

With masterpiece soundtracks like The Fog, Assault on Precinct 13 and his collaboration with Alan Howarth on Halloween 3: Season of the Witch, choosing only one John Carpenter soundtrack was the hardest part of making this list.

A chilling blend of piano and synths, it made for the perfect slow-burn soundtrack for the suburban terror of Michael Myers. It’s mind boggling considering Carpenter was self-taught and didn’t know how to read or write music and the entire soundtrack for Halloween was written in 3 days.

2. The Thing (1982)
Ennio Morricone

Sometimes less really is more, especially in the case of Ennio Morricone’s minimalist score for John Carpenter’s big budget debut of The Thing. The partnership of Morricone, Carpenter and composer Alan Howarth made for a eerie mix of synths and orchestral strings that give you a near-constant feeling of paranoia.

1. Suspiria (1977)
Goblin

Clearly Dario Argento had a lot of faith in Italian Synth rock band Goblin’s Claudio Simonetti who wrote and recorded the soundtrack to Suspiria in only one day. It was definitely the right decision considering it became one of the best horror soundtracks of all-time.

This creepy mix of synths, pianos, bells and voices makes the film an immersive experience as it follows you throughout the prestigious dance academy. Some other great Goblin soundtracks that I didn’t include on the list are Profondo Rosso, Phenomena and Dawn of the Dead.

What’s YOUR favorite horror movie soundtrack? Be sure to let us know by commenting on Facebook or Instagram!

As a special bonus i’d like to share with you some of my personal vinyl movie soundtracks that I’ve had signed over the years.

John Carpenter’s They Live

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You see them on the street. You watch them on TV. You might even vote for one this fall. You think they’re people just like you. You’re wrong. Dead wrong.

Nada (Roddy Piper), a wanderer without meaning in his life, discovers a pair of sunglasses capable of showing the world the way it truly is. As he walks the streets of Los Angeles, Nada notices that both the media and the government are comprised of subliminal messages meant to keep the population subdued, and that most of the social elite are skull-faced aliens bent on world domination. With this shocking discovery, Nada fights to free humanity from the mind-controlling aliens.

The eighteenth film in the PALM BEACH COUNTY GRINDHOUSE SERIES is a special one-time screening of JOHN CARPENTER’S THEY LIVE (1988) at Movies Of Lake Worth on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH at 9:30PM. The first 100 attendees will get a Free Button courtesy of Cult, Horror & Sci-Fi Pins and there will be a raffle after the screening.

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Raffle entry is FREE with the purchase of a THEY LIVE movie ticket. Find us in the lobby before the movie to pick up your raffle ticket and the drawing will be held after the movie.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH at 9:30PM

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Promoted by MORBID MOVIES, PALM BEACH COUNTY GRINDHOUSE is Exclusive, one-night-only screenings of horror films at the Movies of Lake Worth (Florida).

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John Carpenter’s The Thing

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This summer… the theater is the coldest place to hide.

In remote Antarctica, a group of American research scientists are disturbed at their base camp by a helicopter shooting at a sled dog. When they take in the dog, it brutally attacks both human beings and canines in the camp and they discover that the beast can assume the shape of its victims. A resourceful helicopter pilot (Kurt Russell) and the camp doctor (Richard Dysart) lead the camp crew in a desperate, gory battle against the vicious creature before it picks them all off, one by one.

The fourteenth film in the PALM BEACH COUNTY GRINDHOUSE SERIES is a special one-time screening of JOHN CARPENTER’S THE THING at Movies Of Lake Worth on FRIDAY, JULY 22ND at 9:30PM. The first 100 attendees will get an exclusive button and there will be a raffle after the screening.

Christmas in July Raffle of Horror! Come see John Carpenter’s The Thing and you might win 1 of 4 different mystery horror gifts!

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Raffle entry is free with the purchase of a Thing movie ticket. Find us in the lobby before the movie to pick up your raffle ticket and the drawing will be held after the movie.

FRIDAY, JULY 22ND at 9:30PM

MOVIES OF LAKE WORTH
7380 Lake Worth Road
Lake Worth, FL 33467

NO MASKS, FACE-COVERING COSTUMES OR PROP WEAPONS.

Tickets are only $10 and will be available at the theater box office the day of the screening and online at MovieTickets.com.

RSVP on Facebook & invite your friends!

Promoted by MORBID MOVIES, PALM BEACH COUNTY GRINDHOUSE is Exclusive, one-night-only screenings of cult classics & horror films at Movies of Lake Worth (Florida).

MORBID MOVIES is sponsored by PALMCON 2015 & The Fine Print Shoppe. If your business is interested in advertising or sponsoring, email info@morbidmovies.com for details or visit our advertising page.

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