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What thriller/horror/ scary sci-fi movies have the best incidental/background music throughout them?

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Initial post: 22 Dec 2010 08:25:21 GMT
Last edited by the author on 22 Dec 2010 10:20:49 GMT
Puffany says:
The Day the Earth Stood Still (original version) had eerie moments
Forbidden Planet is effective but a little over-done
Psycho is obvious
Creature From The Black Lagoon
The Omen trilogy

Posted on 22 Dec 2010 10:13:09 GMT
Pace says:
Candyman, the Philip Glass sound track is fantastic. It injects sheer terror into the film!

Posted on 22 Dec 2010 11:15:32 GMT
Blackbeard says:
The Omen has one of the best soundtracks of any film, in my opinion. My other personal favourite is Conan the Barbarian, but that is of course not in the same genre. I don't know if this fits into any of the categories either, but I really liked the soundtrack to Big Trouble in Little China - it adds some really good atmosphere to a great film. In The Mouth of Madness, by the same director, is another one.

Posted on 23 Dec 2010 13:04:40 GMT
I found Session 9 to be an absolute triumph of sound design... no idea whether I am alone in this or not though! The audio work really elavated the movie for me, and I think it is still one of the most atmospheric horrors I have seen

Posted on 25 Dec 2010 21:05:07 GMT
Pace says:
I too am a big fan of Session 9. A lot of people don't seem to rate it but I think its a cracker!!!

Posted on 27 Dec 2010 17:04:43 GMT
Sarah Jane says:
The Woman in black (1989 version)

Posted on 27 Dec 2010 17:37:35 GMT
floyd_dylan says:
Any John Carpenter movie.

Posted on 27 Dec 2010 18:41:30 GMT
Garscadden says:
I'm with floyd_dylan, Carpenter films tend to have great music, the man is a genius :)

Also - the film Warlock has absolutely top notch incidental music, in my opinion. If you can find a copy well worth a watch (Richard E Grant's madly ranting character is even better than the incidental music, too).

Posted on 27 Dec 2010 19:50:05 GMT
Gav.76 says:
Brian De Palma's classic "Carrie" is definately my fave horror for the music. the soundtrack by Pino Donnagio is simply stunning - both haunting, scary, suspensful and emotional.
Others that I think are fantastic are John carpenter's score for "The Fog", both "Cannibal Ferox" and "Cannibal Holocaust", Psycho 2 and Argento's "Deep Red" and "Tenebrae"

Posted on 6 Mar 2014 22:06:20 GMT
Ennio morricone's score for An american werewolf in london


Howard shore's music for Cronenberg's The fly.

Posted on 6 Mar 2014 22:36:30 GMT
Gota be carpenters version of assault on precinct 13 for me, very underated all round imo

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Mar 2014 01:04:39 GMT
K.A. Dearlove

Brilliant synth score is Assault on precinct 13:)

Posted on 10 Mar 2014 09:29:08 GMT
AlanK47 says:
Got to add Demons to the list. Great 80's soundtrack & some wicked stuff from Goblin.

Riz Ortolani theme from Cannibal Holocaust. Possibly the best piece of music ever written.

Posted on 10 Mar 2014 21:38:16 GMT
Arch Stanton says:
AK47. Agreed, not the best ever written for me, but Ortolani did some great scores..

Johnny Harris' score for Fragment of Fear deserves a mention. I know some say it's over loud and ruins any tension, but when that outrageous screaming flute comes in, it's unforgettable!
Blood on Satan's Claw.... Awesome!
The Wickerman soundtrack?? By Paul Giovanni?.... Surely.
Also I think the music for The Devil Rides Out is particularly good..

Posted on 11 Mar 2014 19:13:54 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Mar 2014 19:14:26 GMT
ric_mac says:
Nosferatu soundtrack by Popol Vuh.

Posted on 14 Mar 2014 19:46:55 GMT
McAvennie8 says:
The piano theme in "The Beyond"

Posted on 15 Mar 2014 11:56:46 GMT
Arch Stanton says:
Hahaha, Jonesy, I absolutely detest that that tune, it has a habit of sticking with you and grinding down your will to live, like Chinese water torture!
I can hear the tune now in my head, endlessly stamping it's way up and down the keys, on that loop!! Thanks! :D

Posted on 15 Mar 2014 20:26:14 GMT
McAvennie8 says:
I love it. Tried to learn it on the piano but failed :(

Posted on 16 Mar 2014 10:53:30 GMT
Arch Stanton says:
Musical Decency 1: Jonesy 0!! :D

BTW, I still consider The Beyond a good little horror film. :)

Posted on 3 May 2014 21:16:41 BDT
To shift the discussion to horror games for a moment, the "Silent Hill" series has some of the best background and incidental music I've ever heard in a game. I've even purchased a couple of the soundtracks. BTW, I agree about "Session 9" -- a terrifically creepy little film.

Posted on 8 Jul 2014 16:56:46 BDT
Thor says:
Thr Thing without a doubt or anything by John Carpenter.

Posted on 25 Aug 2014 11:21:55 BDT
McAvennie8 says:
"Psycho". To state the bleedin' obvious.

Posted on 10 Nov 2014 00:29:40 GMT
the recent sci fi "Under the Skin" has an amazing soundtrack all produced on a cello i believe.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2014 11:41:05 GMT
Liked that one, frankly anything 60-83 done in Italy is liable to get my nomination with All the Colors of the Dark, The Beyond, City of the Living Dead, Suspiria and Wardh at the top of the list.

Posted on 13 Oct 2015 17:52:32 BDT
Shazzerman says:
Rich Vreeland's score for It Follows impressed me recently. Some others that elevate the horrors they accompany (and have not been mentioned):
Pino Donaggio's score for Don't Look Now
Bruce Smeaton's hauting work on Picnic at Hanging Rock
Broadcast's work on Berberian Sound Studio (I guess the entire Sound Dept. should get the nod here).
Franz Waxman's brilliant The Bride of Frankenstein.
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