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31 Essential Horror Scores



Update: The below list is in no particular order.

It’s October, which means we want to help you plan your Halloween spookfest! Be it a big costume party, a small gathering of your close friends, a night in with your loved ones, or even just you chilling on your own, the mood needs to be properly set and what better way to do that than with a solid horror score? From playfully delightful to eerily sinister to full out nightmare chaos, we’ve compiled a list of 31 essential horror scores that you need to check out!

Below is full list, which includes composers such as Danny Elfman, Jerry Goldsmith, Goblin, Howard Shore, Douglas Pipes, Takefumi Haketa, Krzysztof Komeda, and much, much more. Additionally, this list isn’t just movies. We’ve also tapped a few video games as well as TV shows, so there’s a nice bit of range to this list.

Give these tracks a listen and let us know which ones you think we missed out on!

1.) The Perfume of the Lady in Black – Nicola Piovani
2.) Suspiria – Goblin
3.) Alien – Jerry Goldsmith
4.) Rosemary’s Baby – Krzysztof Komeda
5.) The Beyond – Fabio Frizzi
6.) Halloween – John Carpenter
7.) Insidious – Joseph Bishara
8.) Friday the 13th – Harry Manfredini
9.) Silent Hill 2 – Akira Yamaoka
10.) Resident Evil 2 – Masami Ueda, Shusaku Uchiyama, Syun Nishigaki
11.) Lord of Illusions – Simon Boswell
12.) Clive Barker’s Undying – Bill Brown
13.) Twin Peaks – Angelo Badalamenti
14.) Nightmare on Elm Street – Charles Bernstein
15.) Hannibal – Brian Reitzell
16.) The Fog – John Carpenter
17.) The Omen – Jerry Goldsmith
18.) Trick r Treat – Douglas Pipes
19.) Psycho – Bernard Herrmann
20.) Evil Dead – Roque Baños
21.) Beetlejuice – Danny Elfman
22.) Jaws – John Williams
23.) Bram Stoker’s Dracula – Wojciech Kilar
24.) Kairo (Pulse) – Takefumi Haketa
25.) It Follows – Disasterpeace
26.) Dawn of the Dead – Goblin
27.) The Addams Family – Marc Shaiman
28.) Sleepy Hollow – Danny Elfman
29.) Cape Fear – Bernard Herrmann
30.) Candyman – Philip Glass
31.) The Fly – Howard Shore