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The spookiest songs for your Halloween playlist

Hola amigos,

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

Besos,

J x


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Things About Rings.

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As a long time fan of the many adventures of Samara Morgan and her Japanese inspiration Sadako, I was incredibly excited to see Rings, and here are some thoughts on the latest addition to the series. I mean, I could call it a review, but it’s more fangirl whining, I don’t know.

It will contain spoilers for the entire series, so it is under a read more 🙂

Besos,

J

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Jen’s Spooky Soundtrack

October is here, and with it comes one of my favourite holidays, Halloween. I have always loved Halloween, because it brings together so many of my favourite things. Dressing up, scary movies, and of course, door to door free stuff, although, sadly, I’m now a little too old for trick or treating…

Today, I’m going to share with you a little of my Halloween playlist, that I use all through October, to keep me in a creepy, spooky mood.

Eve Was Weak – Betty Buckley and Linzi Hateley (From Carrie The Musical)

You may not even know that a musical based around the classic Stephen King book Carrie exists, sadly, the original production didn’t do so well, but it became a cult favourite among fans of both Broadway and the original book, and is now enjoying a revival, which honestly, would be what poor Carrie would want. Eve Was Weak is a stunningly spooky duet between Carrie White, and her terrifying mother, as Carrie pleads for comfort after a traumatising ordeal at school. The instrumentation is sinister, with lyrics describing fears that don’t just come out at Halloween, and giving a fresh perspective on the horrors Carrie faced outside of School, and building a perfect introduction to the tragic monster she would become, and the tragic monster that waited for her at home.

Main Titles – Charlie Clouser (From Dead Silence)


Charlie Clouser has become a well known name among horror fans, having composed some of the themes to many recent staples of the genre, such as Saw, American Horror Story, The Stepfather, and of course Dead Silence.

The theme from Dead Silence has always given me a Phantasm vibe, due to the similar use of the piano in the build up to the stunning crescendo that a villain like Mary Shaw deserves.
The Well – Hans Zimmer and Henning Lohner(From The Ring)


While Hollywood does have a tendency to tone down the scares when remaking foreign horror movies (I’m looking at you, John Erick Dowdle, Quarantine was a mess) Gore Verbinski’s remake of Hideo Nakata’s Ring was a refreshing take on the American – Foreign remake. While there were some plot changes, the intelligence and sheer dread of Ring was retained, and this was definitely helped, by the utilisation of a soundtrack by legendary composers Hans Zimmer, Henning Lohner and Martin Tillman. The Well is probably the song you hear when thinking of the movie, containing elements of the chilling antagonist, Samara Morgan, and a familiar melody that follows you throughout the movie, The Well will have you checking under your bed, and fearing any kind of water.
Ave Satani – Jerry Goldsmith (From The Omen)

The Omen is an iconic horror movie, and one of the defining moments of the genre, that demonstrated how truly masterful horror can be, when in the right hands. It’s Academy Award Winning soundtrack certainly doesn’t disappoint, with the satanic hymn Ave Satani being one of the major highlights. Paying tribute to everybody’s favourite bad boy, Satan, the lyrics are a clever inversion on traditional latin prayers and chants, creating the ultimate ode to the Anti Christ. I’m reaching for my rosary as I type…


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