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 Posted:   Oct 28, 2020 - 5:11 PM   
 By:   johnonymous86   (Member)

It's that time of year again and unless I missed it, there isn't a thread dedicated to spooky scores for this All Hallow's Ween season. We've had a few new and expanded releases this year in the horror/suspense category so it would be interesting to hear from folks who have those news scores in their collection but the classics are always welcome smile

For my part, I have a playlist that I've been working on for the past month or so that I plan to listen to throughout the day on the 31st. This year I've been favoring lighter spooky stuff (The 'Burbs, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Haunted Mansion, Witches of Eastwick, Death Becomes Her, Ghostbusters) so my playlist is heavy on that kind of stuff--lot's of cheesy organs and disembodied female choirs.

So let's hear it, what's your go to for the scary season??

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2020 - 5:24 PM   
 By:   TacktheCobbler   (Member)

For this month, I’ve played a mix of some of the usual suspects (King Kong, Bride, Jaws, Williams’s Dracula, etc.) and some scores for films that aren’t really horror but have elements of it like Herrmann’s Jane Eyre and The Black Cauldron. Some of the music in Snow White for the Queen (especially Magic Mirror and A Special Sort of Death) also have a bit of a creepy vibe appropriate for Halloween.

In terms of non-score selections, Night on Bald Mountain and In the Hall of the Mountain King are played as can be expected, but pieces like Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini and Prokofiev’s 3rd Symphony have also become favorites for me during this time of year.

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2020 - 6:30 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

I listen to horror scores pretty much all year round. This season I’m playing new additions to my collection.

Graveyard Shift - really creepy soundscapes

Friday the 13th part VII - I like how they brought this one back to the “serious” tone of the earlier films. Part 6 was a little too goofy for its own good. This one is unrelentingly intense.

War of the Worlds - this was a really nice surprise. I wasn’t expecting to get it so soon and I forgot how great those opening and closing tracks are.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2020 - 6:39 PM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

I'm going to listen to the best song ever, MONSTER MASH!

 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2020 - 2:16 AM   
 By:   spook   (Member)

For the lighter spooky sound I've been loving George Fenton's HIGH SPIRITS all over again.
....and of course Douglas Pipes' TRICK 'R TREAT

 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2020 - 4:24 AM   
 By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)

I’ve been playing:
Poltergeist
The Thing (1982)
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Dracula (1979)
The Omen
The Final Conflict

And the following concert works
Miraculous Mandarin
Prokofiev’s Symphony 3 - the Fiery Angel
Varese Arcana and Ameriques (just because they influenced quite a few horror film scores)
Humphrey Searle’s symphonies (The Haunting soundtrack sadly does not exist)

 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2020 - 6:53 AM   
 By:   johnbijl   (Member)

Although Halloween isn't that big in the Netherlands, I saw an opportunity to kick off a James Horner run. Started off with Battle beyond the stars yesterday, now a combo of horror scores to get into the Halloween mood, including Humanoids from the deep and Wolfen. There's some fantastically creepy thematic writing in there!


EDIT: Now up is The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper. Nothing spooky, but enjoying my but off! Time for dance!

 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2020 - 10:08 AM   
 By:   JeffM   (Member)

Cycling through most of these:

 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2020 - 10:14 AM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Cycling through most of these:



What’s The Rocketeer doing in there????

 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2020 - 10:25 AM   
 By:   JeffM   (Member)

Cycling through most of these...
What’s The Rocketeer doing in there????


big grin
Was listening to that a lot prior to October (same with the other non-horror titles- I haven’t gotten to The Karate Kid Part II yet)

 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2020 - 10:28 AM   
 By:   Jeff Bond   (Member)

For me the perfect spooky Halloween scores are Goldsmith's Warlock and Sarde's Ghost Story.

 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2020 - 10:44 AM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

So glad to have Warlock in complete form and remastered. The difference is day and night.

 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2020 - 1:06 PM   
 By:   Hedji   (Member)

Amityville Horror and Salem's Lot for me...

Both straddle the line of dated yet timeless. Salem's Lot in particular, with that wonderfully dreadful theme for the Marsten House. It's almost a throwback to older, eerie tones of horror decades before it, but it just never fails to give me a shudder.

 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2020 - 2:23 PM   
 By:   johnonymous86   (Member)

For me the perfect spooky Halloween scores are Goldsmith's Warlock and Sarde's Ghost Story.

I LOVE Ghost Story and totally forgot about it--will be giving the wonderful Quartet version a spin this evening and maybe pair it with a nice port wine and some HP Lovecraft big grin

 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2020 - 2:27 PM   
 By:   johnonymous86   (Member)

Cycling through most of these:


Impressive lineup, especially with that Joe Hill in there for a little extra creepy.

 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2020 - 4:22 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

So far...

Mimic (Beltrami)
The Woman In Black (Beltrami)
I Know What You Did Last Summer (Debney)
The Fog (Carpenter)
Halloween (Carpenter)
Halloween II (Carpenter/Howarth)
Halloween IV (Howarth)

Planning on finishing the Halloween series and also listening to some Christopher Young and The Newton Bros Haunting scores.

Based on ideas in this thread I might check out Ghost Story and Trick r Treat.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2020 - 5:04 PM   
 By:   Michael_McMahan   (Member)

I've been listening to

Rick Wakeman's "The Burning"
Tim Krog's "The Boogey Man"
Goblin's "Contamination" and "Buio Omega"
and the score to "Room 237" several times over the last week.

 
 Posted:   Oct 30, 2020 - 11:11 AM   
 By:   spook   (Member)

Nearly forgot to mention TALES OF HALLOWEEN, a brilliant anthology piece with music ranging from creepy, playful, spaghetti western and a generous nod to a John a Carpenter from a variety of composers. It also has a kick-ass catchy main theme by Lalo Schifrin. ( ‘Mutant’ think you’d love this if you don’t know it already!)

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 30, 2020 - 11:43 AM   
 By:   bagby   (Member)

Been playing the Tadlow re-recording of James Bernard's scores for Curse of Frankenstein and [Horror of] Dracula, of course!

http://www.tadlowmusic.com/2019/09/dracula-the-curse-of-frankenstein-james-bernard/

 
 Posted:   Oct 31, 2020 - 4:13 AM   
 By:   spook   (Member)

Happy Halloween everyone smile

 
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