In honor of both Halloween and the start of our four-day immersive concert experience Spooky Mansion we figured it was high time we got all the music that scares the shit out of you in one place. While the content of some of these films are truly terrifying and the source of multiple fears from tramatic childhood viewing – it’s the soundtracks that stick in your head the most. From the tubular bells of The Exorcist to the iconic screeching of Psych0, these Halloween masterpieces are sure to make the hair stand up on the back of your neck.
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5. The Babadook
A foreign psychological horror flick about a troubled widow, Amelia, and her tormented son Samuel, this film has plenty of jump scares that’ll have you clenching the closest thing next to you, and a chilling score at the end credit that’ll paint the room thirteen shades of creepy. It’s no wonder the film received a number of critical acclaims after its screening at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Perhaps at the film’s climax, there’s only a few striking notes that might raise a few arm hairs, but the piercing strings echoing throughout Psycho’s shower scene stands as some of the most powerful movie scores there’ve been and will be for decades to come.
3. Nightmare on Elm Street
If you’ve seen the movie before then you know the song “One, Two, Freddy’s Coming For You.” There’s nothing more terrifying than a child singing/warning you about someone who’s coming to get you.
2. The Exorcist
Nothing in the musical dictionary says “please pass the holy water” quite like Mike Oldfield’s haunting “Tubular Bells,” taken from his debut album of the same name in 1973. It’s hard to sit still while watching the film, and the beginning of this song just re-opens the door to so many uneasy feelings.
Hands-down, John Carpenter’s terrifyingly minimal composition for the original Halloween is more than enough to strike fear into your heart after a few notes. The synth-enhanced tune turned Halloween from an eerie, brutal horror flick to something way more nightmare-inducing. This is the song that gets embedded in your brain and brings you to a place of instant fear.