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 Posted:   Feb 9, 2024 - 5:04 AM   
 By:   Grimsdyke   (Member)

The major drawback of being a horror fan is that you have to watch so many really, really
bad and/or boring movies like "It lives inside" or "No_Filter" to find the gems !!

One movie that really positively surprised me is "Godless - The Eastfield Exorcism".
And one of the strong points is the score by Dmitri Golovko. I think he captures the horrific
but also heartbreaking events perfectly.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_mmIzpQlPlh2XBkoTfTqWrR1iPBQElL87E

My favourite track is "Lara's last dance" ! (Avoid track 20 though)

Please give also the movie a chance.
There are no demons - just humans - and that is bad enough ....

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2024 - 5:08 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

In general, although I love to watch horror films, I'm rarely into the scores. There are exceptions, of course. Especially if it's in more of a "delicious darkness" style, i.e. more melodic, dark, brooding, romantic, operatic. And less stingers, tenuto sneaking-around strings, sound effect ambiance etc. Christopher Young is a master in that regard, as you all know. Most of his horror scores have that "delicious darkness" aspect to them, most prominently HELLRAISER. Just listened to HIDER IN THE HOUSE yesterday, in fact, and was once again struck by how listenable Young manages to make a lot of horror music. Beltrami is pretty good at it too; at least used to be with stuff like MIMIC and SCREAM etc.

I did an episode on horror film music a few years ago, and while it's in Norwegian, you can click the playlist underneath the player to find some of my other favourites in the genre:

https://celluloidtunes.no/celluloid-tunes-06-skrekk-og-gru-fredag-13-spesial/

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2024 - 5:26 AM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

Funnily enough, I played the Quartet editions of GHOST STORY by Philippe Sarde and THE AMITYVILLE HORROR by Lalo Schifrin this past week.
Two PERFECT examples of how Horror Film Scores can be both beautifully thematic AND terrifying.
But they were over 40 years ago!!!
More recently, parts of IT 1&2 by Benjamin Wallfisch had some lovely melancholic music in them, although the horror strokes were quite nasty and harsh to listen to, away from the films.
Wallfisch also did a score to a TV movie about the ENFIELD Haunting.

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2024 - 5:33 AM   
 By:   spook   (Member)

My favourite genre. I'm always looking ( and often disappointed) for new decent films and if possible scores.
On the film front I'd highly recommend LAST SHIFT (remade slicker but for me less effectively, as MALUM),THE CLEANSING HOUR ( really good televised exorcism scam that goes wrong) and THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT (found footage style fake documentary about Halloween 'haunt' houses).
On the great films and scores (if you like that kind of thing!) i'd go with particularly THE NIGHT HOUSE, with a terrific score by Ben Lovett, THE VIGIL with a good score by Michael Yezerski, COLOR OUT OF SPACE with a great Colin Stetson score and lastly great wee film called GLORIOUS with a good score by Jake Hull.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2024 - 5:56 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

There have been some good ones in recent years too, it's not all oldypants.

In fact, the aforementioned Young delivered a proper corker last year with THE PIPER.

Some other favs in the last 10 years (also including synth scores, which can lift many horror films):

BLOOD MACHINES (Carpenter Brut)
THE NEON DEMON (Martinez)
SHE WILL (Mansell)
CONDEMNED (Davies & Robertson)
BODIES BODIES BODIES (Disasterpeace)
IT FOLLOWS (Disasterpeace)
TORN (Schyman, computer game)
TIN & TINA (Pook)
FIRESTARTER (Carpenter)
RAVE PARTY MASSACRE (Jantzen)
THE MURDER PACT (Llewelyn)
SHE DIES TOMORROW (Mondo Boys)
THELMA (Fløttum)
NERVE (Simonsen)
THE GUEST (Moore)
TO TOKYO (Jones)

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2024 - 6:14 AM   
 By:   Grimsdyke   (Member)

Thanks for the input !! I will try to check as much as possible.

LAST SHIFT is a cool flick, but I think it should be trimmed by 3 minutes or so.

Thor, have you seen LAKE BODOM (2016) ? Was there maybe a CD release in Finland ?

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2024 - 6:27 AM   
 By:   Willgoldnewtonbarrygrusin   (Member)

You can never go wrong with Jerry Goldsmith horror scores.

The movies, well, some are fantastic ("Poltergeist", "Psycho II"), others mainly have his great music ("The Final Conflict", "Poltergeist 2", "Twilight Zone - The Movie", "Link", "Leviathan", "Deep Rising", "The Haunting", "Hollow Man").

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2024 - 6:46 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Thor, have you seen LAKE BODOM (2016) ? Was there maybe a CD release in Finland ?

I've not, but I've heard about it -- vaguely. I see that it's none other than Panu Aaltio who's done the score.

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2024 - 6:46 AM   
 By:   spook   (Member)

Thanks for the input !! I will try to check as much as possible.

LAST SHIFT is a cool flick, but I think it should be trimmed by 3 minutes or so.

Thor, have you seen LAKE BODOM (2016) ? Was there maybe a CD release in Finland ?


Although I thought that it was superior to MALUM i must admit the ending of Malum was better done.

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2024 - 6:58 AM   
 By:   Bill Carson, Earl of Poncey   (Member)

Plenty decent scores in the italian horror market.
Especially those by Goblin or by Fabio Frizzi (zombi 2) or claudio Simonetti who did Tenebrae.

And morricone's horror scores are something else.

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2024 - 7:20 AM   
 By:   acathla   (Member)

Some of my favorite horror scores are Marco Beltrami's SCREAM scores and his A QUIET PLACE scores, Hans Zimmer's THE RING, and The Newton Brothers scores for both THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE and THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR.

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2024 - 2:30 PM   
 By:   spook   (Member)

I tried this thread a long time ago but thought I’d have another go here. So what makes music frightening? I honestly don’t know and i include innthat any scores i’ve mentioned. I love the horror genre but really don’t ever find music frightening. Music can produce so many emotions by itself but I’ve never foundvfear to be one of them. I think often you hold the connection with the combined effect from the film you assosciate it with but on it’s own? I’d like to be proved wrong here but i can’t really think of a score on its own that I’ve found ‘frightening’ or has even really given me the creeps ( without factoring in maybe recalling an image it was associated with )

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2024 - 2:45 PM   
 By:   GoblinScore   (Member)

Nice convo this!

I'll add my preference in horror. Contrasting major mode, romantic music against atonality. Donaggio is definitely a specialist here.

Young's THE FLY 2 sprang to mind. As does Morricone's EXORCIST 2. The lull of the happy/romantic/melodic scoring, contrasted against the edgier bits always speaks horror to me. Keeping one off balance (Pino!), that works in my mind.

There was a good long running FSM print piece, might have just been the mailbag, where something akin to this was posed. Company of Wolves & Coma were mentioned.

Currently the genre is 95% garbage pandering and 5% hard to find gems. WHERE EVIL LURKS is a pretty effective film currently on Shudder. Time, like film music, for a game changing reset.

Sound design needs to go away (please forgive my venom and come back Polish avant-garde rip off school, all is forgiven!!). It just adds zero and can hurt a horror films IMO, as well as being unlistenable and useless on album. I've tried focusing on some of these scores on album and there's just nothing there, literally.

Offsetting sound design-ambient pieces with just a bit of melody makes a difference....shame filmmakers aren't allowed a few more minutes of leeway. More boring wandering around punctuated by predictable jump scares. Ugh. ....

-Sean

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2024 - 2:50 PM   
 By:   Symphorch   (Member)

I love the others' suggestions here! My favorite horror score of all time has to be Graeme Revell's score to Child's Play 2. It's the first of only three orchestral scores composed for the series (the rest were written exclusively with synthesizers), and in my opinion, the best of the bunch. Same goes for the movie itself-it's my favorite of the series.

I literally screamed for joy when La La Land Records released the complete score on CD for the first time ever, almost 30 years after the movie's release. It's still available from them, also on most streaming platforms. AND, you can get a vinyl of the score from Waxwork Records.

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2024 - 3:54 PM   
 By:   drop_forge   (Member)

Plenty decent scores in the italian horror market.
Especially those by Goblin or by Fabio Frizzi (zombi 2) or claudio Simonetti who did Tenebrae.


Simonetti's done a bunch on his own, e.g., Conquest, Demoni, Opera, and Il Cartaio.

Tenebre's is by, essentially, Goblin minus Agostino Marangolo and Maurizio Guarini. Simonetti, Morante (RIP) and Pignatelli participated.

Keith Emerson composed and performed the score of Argento's Inferno, and half of La Chiesa's, along with Goblin alum Fabio Pignatelli.


 
 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2024 - 4:06 PM   
 By:   GoblinScore   (Member)

Ditto Shock and Buio Omega and Solemente Nero and Perche si Uccidono (goblin performed the two latter).

There's a ton of that stuff that's kinda Goblini.
I think I read the only TRUE Goblinscore, yuk yuk, all 5 founders-no substitutes, is my favorite one and favorite film....L'ALBA DEI MORTI VIVENTI.

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2024 - 4:08 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

Especially if it's in more of a "delicious darkness" style, i.e. more melodic, dark, brooding, romantic, operatic. And less stingers, tenuto sneaking-around strings, sound effect ambiance etc. Christopher Young is a master in that regard, as you all know. Most of his horror scores have that "delicious darkness" aspect to them, most prominently HELLRAISER. Just listened to HIDER IN THE HOUSE yesterday, in fact, and was once again struck by how listenable Young manages to make a lot of horror music.

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2024 - 4:10 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

Young's THE FLY 2 sprang to mind. As does Morricone's EXORCIST 2. The lull of the happy/romantic/melodic scoring, contrasted against the edgier bits always speaks horror to me. Keeping one off balance (Pino!), that works in my mind.

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Offsetting sound design-ambient pieces with just a bit of melody makes a difference....shame filmmakers aren't allowed a few more minutes of leeway. More boring wandering around punctuated by predictable jump scares.

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2024 - 4:13 PM   
 By:   drop_forge   (Member)

We mustn't forget Tangerine Dream's wondrous themes for Michael Mann's The Keep and Kathryn Bigelow's vampire classic, Near Dark.




 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2024 - 4:17 PM   
 By:   drop_forge   (Member)

I think I read the only TRUE Goblinscore, yuk yuk, all 5 founders-no substitutes, is my favorite one and favorite film....L'ALBA DEI MORTI VIVENTI.

Dawn of the Dead, baby! Goblin's finest hour. "La Caccia"!

 
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