Halloween is almost here, so I thought I’d share some of my favourite horror movie songs to help you build a spooky playlist to celebrate Halloween.
- God Ends Here – Abel Korzeniowski (From The Nun)
The Nun is one of the most talked about horror films of 2018, finally putting the spotlight on the fearsome Valek, from The Conjuring franchise. While The Nun did receive mixed reviews as a film, the score was undeniably spooky.
- Halloween Theme – John Carpenter (From Halloween 2018)
Michael Myers returns to bring terror to the big screen, with the recently released Halloween. Not only do we have the return of Michael, as well as one of the most famous and beloved scream queens, in Jamie Lee Curtis, but we also have the return of the legendary John Carpenter, and a refreshed take on the iconic theme song of Halloween.
- Burning Tree – Hans Zimmer (From The Ring)
Hans Zimmer is a legendary composer for a reason, and his work on the first two films in The Ring series are a further indication of his talent and brilliance. Each track carries the haunting melody that accompanies the series’ primary antagonist Samara, but each track has a different feel and mood, creating a mesmerising and chilling soundscape.
- Free Evil – Joseph Bishara (From 11-11-11)
Admittedly, I haven’t seen 11-11-11. I discovered this track through Apple Music, after it was recommended to me, from some of Joseph Bishara’s other work. Joseph Bishara has worked on other soundtracks, such as Insidious and Annabelle, so his work in the horror genre is well known, but his work on the 11-11-11 was an interesting hidden gem.
- Zepp Eight – Charlie Clouser (From Jigsaw)
As a long term fan of the Saw series, I was slightly disappointed with Jigsaw as a film, but as is always the case with Saw films, the score was outstanding. Zepp Eight was the standout track for me, breathing new life into Saw’s signature sound.
- Freddy’s Coming For You – Steve Jablonsky (From A Nightmare On Elm Street 2010)
I know that some people have mixed feelings about reboots and remakes, especially in the horror genre, and remaking a film as beloved as A Nightmare On Elm Street was never going to be easy. While I have mixed feelings about the film itself, the score was something they got completely right.
- Peter – Colin Stetson (From Hereditary)
Hereditary is probably my favourite recent horror film. I saw it several times at the cinema, and counted down the days until it was released on VOD. Part of what made the film so enjoyable was its incredible score, composed by Colin Stetson, and this track was my absolute favourite.
- Keep The Lights Out – Benjamin Wallfisch (From Lights Out)
I was really excited when I heard that one of my favourite horror shorts was being adapted into a feature film, and while the final film was quite disappointing, the score was great, and one of the only aspects I thought matched up to the brilliance of the original short.
- Overlay of Evil / Main Title – Harry Manfredini (From Friday The 13th)
Jason Vorhees and his mother are scary, but I’d say the soundtrack for the various films in the series are scarier.
- It Begins – tomandandy (From Sinister II)
While I feel Sinister is the better film of the series, I do feel Sinister II had the superior score, it perfectly captures the ongoing dread and horror of the film.
I hope you have a great Halloween!