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« on: February 17, 2014, 07:29:56 PM »

I've gotten into CD collecting, and would like some goodies from the horror genre (at the moment, I only have the Gremlins films and Jaws 2. And the Tales from the Crypt "Have Yourself a Scary Christmas" album, if that counts), but my mind's pretty much blank on what else there is out there as far as horror film soundtracks that make great listening on their own.
Any suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2014, 07:43:41 PM »

SUSPIRIA by Goblin is probably considered THE horror soundtrack
 
Suspiria - Suspiria, Goblin Small | Large


CARNIVAL OF SOULS by Gene Moore, though it's grating to some people

Carnival of Souls - Main Title Small | Large


Pino Donaggio's score for DON'T LOOK NOW is really very good, though not "horrific" sounding

Love Theme from 'Don't Look Now' - Pino Donaggio


THE WICKER MAN is also excellent but folk-y and not horror-y

the wicker man OST-willows song Small | Large
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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2014, 08:04:46 PM »

Classic from one of the all time greats Ennio Morricone.
Ennio Morricone - The Thing (theme) Small | Large


Great Goblin rip off music from the Japanese Horror film Evil Dead Trap
Tomohiko Kira -- Evil Dead Trap OST Small | Large


Gorgeous score for Coppola's adaptation of Bram Stokers Dracula. Pure class!
Bram Stoker´s Dracula Intro Soundtrack OST


John Carpenter has some great ones and while most will point to his iconic score for Halloween, I have a lot of love for his work on The Fog
The Fog Main Theme Small | Large


Finally (I could keep going I am a huge movie score fan) I will leave you with this beautiful track from Riz Ortolani (who did some wonderful work on many 70s giallo pictures). Here is his main theme for Cannibal Holocaust it certainly provides quite a contrast to the film!
Cannibal Holocaust - Opening Theme Music (Riz Ortolani) Small | Large
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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2014, 08:30:25 PM »

I agree with fulci420 on Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) soundtrack = the best!

But when I think of horror movie music... I go with 3 tracks every time.

The Return of the Living Dead - Original Soundtrack (1985)

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Night Of The Demons (1988) OST Small | Large

and
Night of The Demons - Stigmata Martyr Small | Large
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« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2014, 09:32:11 PM »


THE WICKER MAN is also excellent but folk-y and not horror-y

the wicker man OST-willows song

my bro has the vinyl of this. some of those folk songs are actually a bit spooky in a way ... maybe it's just cause of the connotations with the movie but they sound weird, lol

I've been waiting years for the soundtrack to David Cronenberg's THE BROOD to be released. one of the scariest movie scores I've heard, even tho I'm not normally a fan of classical type stuff....
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« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2014, 01:03:00 AM »

Here's some more

One simple little riff is enough for 2 of these great zombie movies.
28 Weeks Later & 28 Days Later theme song by John Murphy Small | Large


A true classic
Phantasm Theme Song Small | Large


Love the keyboard tones in this one.
Lucio Fulci Zombie Theme


I've never got around to seeing either nekromantic film but I have heard their soundtracks and there is some incredible music on there.
Nekromantik 1987 theme
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« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2014, 05:02:29 PM »

I highly recommend the CARNIVAL OF SOULS soundtrack. 

Revamped, reused music from a library is here an early wonderful example of "sampling" and "remixing": NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD Soundtrack; They Won't Stay Dead  
 
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« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2014, 11:09:13 PM »


Trick or Treat 1986
by Fastway (Singer now the singer of Flogging Molly)


1. Trick or Treat
2. After Midnight
3. Don’t Stop the Fight
4. Stand Up
5. Tear Down the Walls
6. Get Tough
7. Hold on the Night
8. Heft
9. If You Could See
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« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2014, 11:52:49 PM »

Look up "Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima" on YouTube.
One of the creepiest, most dissonant compositions of all time.
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« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2014, 12:20:55 AM »

Dawn of the Dead - Unreleased Incidental Music
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« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2014, 02:27:11 AM »

I'm in agreement with the good Rev, Suspiria's soundtrack is fantastic. The movie is actually rather slight. But the music itself is incredible. A rather good example of a movie that is made by it's music alone.

If you like that, I would also recommend the soundtrack to the recent Beyond the Black Rainbow. Like Suspiria, it is not a great movie on it's own, but the soundtrack is phenomenal. If you like these sort of things, seek out Tangerine Dream, which did way too many movies in the '80s for their own good. But for the time and place, indispensable.
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« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2014, 02:50:54 AM »

Bruno Coullais' eerie score for The Crimson Rivers is one that comes to mind, as is Sam Sklair's score for Jannie TotsiensSmile
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« Reply #12 on: February 26, 2014, 01:22:04 AM »

Out of curiosity, what does everyone think of Pino Donaggio's score for The Howling? Found the soundtrack CD fairly cheap recently.
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« Reply #13 on: February 26, 2014, 02:46:08 PM »

DEEP RED- Goblin
Deep Red (Profondo Rosso) OST Part 1 Small | Large

THE EXORCIST- Mike Oldfield
The Exorcist (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Tubular Bells Small | Large
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« Reply #14 on: February 27, 2014, 08:33:53 PM »

Going off the beaten path a little, but it's also good to branch out into horror video game scores.  There's a bunch out there but I've always found some of the music [and fan created remixes] of the Silent Hill games to be pretty good.

http://www.silenthillmemories.net/music/sh1_osts_en.htm
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