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 Posted:   Sep 17, 2022 - 11:30 AM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

Another Halloween thread. My favorite horror score is Mancini's LIFEFORCE with Williams' THE FURY and DRACULA close behind. What about you guys?smile

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2022 - 12:30 PM   
 By:   Nicholas_DW   (Member)

Great picks. I'll limit myself to one per composer.

The Final Conflict is my favorite ever. It's a masterwork from top to bottom.

The Fury is one I have to agree with. It's fantastic.

Hellraiser is another brilliant one, and definitely shares some musical DNA with The Fury, so it should come as no surprise.

Alien³ is not only a great horror score, but it's my favorite Goldenthal score, full stop. I'm thrilled that we finally got nearly the whole thing. Hopefully it can be re-released for those who missed it.

Signs is another masterpiece. I adore it.

Aliens may sound like an action score much of the time, but there's enough horror and suspense in "Sub-Level 3", "Atmosphere Station", and "Queen to Bishop" that it has to make the list. Oh! And "Face Huggers"!

Vertigo. Enough said.

Suspiria. Need I say more?

Bram Stoker's Dracula. This is one I only just got around to watching last year. The film became an instant favorite and the score grabbed me from the instant it started. I'm patiently awaiting the 3-CD set's return to LLL's stock, but I've got my copy of the original album to keep me company until it gets here.

 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2022 - 1:53 PM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

My favourite horror film score is THE OMEN.

I have a very special fondness for the Hammer horror film scores of James Bernard, too.

Cheers

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2022 - 2:23 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Probably Waldo De Los Rios' "Who Can Kill A Child?"

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2022 - 2:29 PM   
 By:   TacktheCobbler   (Member)

Vertigo. Enough said.

I’m not sure I would consider Vertigo a horror film. I consider that film to be more of a romantic mystery, though I can see how some elements of the film might be construed as horror. As far as Hitchcock’s films are concerned, I think Psycho has a better claim to being a horror film.

 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2022 - 3:34 PM   
 By:   gandalf   (Member)

Wojciech Kilar - Bram Stoker Dracula

 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2022 - 3:41 PM   
 By:   JohnnyG   (Member)

PSYCHO always on top. Then THE OMEN.

Both scores are waaay above everything else ever written!

 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2022 - 4:00 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

For me, it's CARRIE and BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA.

I'm largely unfamiliar with the genre, but I know for a fact those are two great ones, and not just the two I know by heart.

 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2022 - 4:48 PM   
 By:   Santa Adam   (Member)

The library cue score from the original 1968 Night of the Living Dead. It works marvelously in the film. I'm so glad Zero Day Releasing put it out on CD.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2022 - 7:39 PM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

Those who are inclined towards horror film music love many such scores - and have not only one favorite.
Let's take henry further back in time to other lands B.C. (before Conti):

1959 Caltiki il mostro immortale Roberto Nicolosi
1964 La cripta e l'incubo Carlo Savina
1968 Yôkai daisensô (Spook Warfare) Sei Ikeno
1971 Blood from the Mummy's Tomb Tristram Cary
1972 Una tomba aperta ... una bara vuota Piero Piccioni

These are only 5 fortunate enough to have been issued onto disks ... hundreds could be listed.

Now ponder upon all those classic horror films whose music has never appeared (and likely never will) on albums ... again, there are hundreds.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2022 - 10:40 PM   
 By:   Nicholas_DW   (Member)

Vertigo. Enough said.

I’m not sure I would consider Vertigo a horror film. I consider that film to be more of a romantic mystery, though I can see how some elements of the film might be construed as horror. As far as Hitchcock’s films are concerned, I think Psycho has a better claim to being a horror film.


It's all subjective and I didn't ask.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2022 - 11:07 PM   
 By:   barryfan   (Member)

Psycho
The Omen
The Final Conflict


 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2022 - 1:03 AM   
 By:   Hitch22   (Member)

Psycho would be my top pick. And I also like to note the track "The Well" by Hans Zimmer from The Ring / The Ring Two. It's 11min25 long and always sends shivers down my spine.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2022 - 1:13 AM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

Poltergeist (Jerry Goldsmith)

Horror of Dracula (James Bernard)

Hellraiser (Christopher Young)

The Dead Zone (Michael Kamen)

Halloween (John Carpenter)

 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2022 - 2:10 AM   
 By:   johnbijl   (Member)

Great picks all around. My tops would be trifold for scores that aren't really comparable. Goldenthal's eclectic Alien3, Goldsmith's energetic Poltergeist and Carpenter's hypnotic Prince of Darkness.

I'm really fond of Charles Bernstein's Nightmare on Elm Street and Simon Boswell's mesmerizing score for Hardware. And Elfman's Night Breed should be mentioned.

As for themes: nothing tops Chris Young's Hellraiser.

 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2022 - 3:03 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

There are already so many truly wonderful scores mentioned here, where I think "yes, that's a favorite of mine as well", I wouldn't know which one to pick.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2022 - 3:16 AM   
 By:   Phil567   (Member)

My favorite horror score is Friday The 13th.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2022 - 3:37 AM   
 By:   Just another Goldsmith fan...   (Member)

I'd have to opt for JG's ALIEN as my No. 1 followed by E Morricone's THE THING. Both as creepy as hell. Cheers

 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2022 - 8:13 AM   
 By:   PollyAnna   (Member)

Night of the Demon - Clifton Parker.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2022 - 8:15 AM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Night of the Demon - Clifton Parker.

Another one of the great ones.

 
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