Prepping for Halloween: Top Horror Movie Soundtracks to Set the Mood

As the leaves turn orange and pumpkins take their places on front porches, the anticipation for Halloween grows. One element that undeniably sets the tone for this spooktacular holiday is the chilling music accompanying our favourite horror films. These soundtracks have not only defined the movies they're a part of but also have carved a niche in our cultural psyche. Here are the top horror movie soundtracks that you should consider adding to your Halloween playlist this year.

1. John Carpenter’s "Halloween" (1978)

Arguably one of the most recognizable horror scores, the simple yet eerily effective piano melody never fails to send shivers down the spine. Carpenter, who directed and scored the film, crafted a theme that's become synonymous with the genre.

2. "Psycho" by Bernard Herrmann (1960)

Those high-pitched violin shrieks in the iconic shower scene? They've become emblematic of suspense and horror. Herrmann's score for Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece is both eerie and avant-garde, making it a staple for Halloween.

3. "The Exorcist" - Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield (1973)

Though not originally written for the film, the haunting piano notes of "Tubular Bells" perfectly encapsulate the atmospheric dread of "The Exorcist." It’s now impossible to separate the two, making it essential for any horror enthusiast's playlist.

4. "Jaws" by John Williams (1975)

While perhaps not a traditional 'horror' film in the supernatural sense, the suspenseful two-note motif of the shark's impending attack is enough to instill a deep-seated fear of open waters in anyone.

5. "Suspiria" by Goblin (1977)

The Italian prog-rock band Goblin teamed up with director Dario Argento to produce this unsettling and atmospheric score. Its eerie whispers and exotic instruments make it an unusually haunting listen.

6. "A Nightmare on Elm Street" by Charles Bernstein (1984)

The dreamy, twisted lullaby perfectly captures the film's nightmarish blend of dream and reality. Bernstein's score elevates Freddy Krueger's reign of terror into a cinematic legend.

7. "Candyman" by Philip Glass (1992)

Known for his minimalist compositions, Glass crafted a hypnotic and melancholic score that beautifully contrasts the film's gruesome visuals. The choral arrangements, combined with the haunting piano, make it a unique soundtrack for Halloween.

Tips to Enhance Your Listening Experience:

Setting the Scene: Make it a movie night! Screen the films and follow them up with a dedicated listening session of their soundtracks.  

Lighting: Dim the lights and use candles or fairy lights to create an atmospheric ambiance.

Decor: Use classic Halloween decor like cobwebs, skeletons, and themed ornaments to transport your living room into a haunted house.

When it comes to setting the tone for Halloween, these iconic horror film scores never miss the mark. By adding them to your playlist, you not only pay homage to cinematic classics but also ensure that the ambience for your Halloween festivities is as spooky as it can get. Whether you're hosting a party, watching horror movies, or just enjoying a quiet night in, these soundtracks will undoubtedly elevate the eerie atmosphere. So, turn down the lights, turn up the volume, and let the haunting melodies transport you into the world of horror!

Want to explore other iconic soundtracks? Here is our section dedicated to just that!

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