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Horror Show - 31 Prime Cuts of Horror Movie Music

Posted on 2011.10.31 at 02:56
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In celebration of Halloween, I pulled together 31 tracks from my rather formidible collection of horror soundtracks , which I've been collecting for more than twenty years, into a single, nightmarish compilation.  All of the tracks are the original versions, or if digitally remastered, are recorded from the original sources.  Only two tracks are VBR.  No Prague Phillharmonic or other dreadful, Symphony  X  "interpretations" here.  In some instances, such as with "The Shining" and "The Amityville Horror," the soundtracks were converted from original vinyl pressings, which are long out of print.   There are many other brilliant tracks I wanted to include, but 31 seemed like an appropriate cut-off number.

I'm sharing this list as a guide for those of you who are interested in compiling some of the best, eerie, and oftentimes beautifully orcestrated horror music extant, and below you will see the original composers, year of release, and original track lengths.  For copyright reasons, I have not added links to download the tracks listed below, but quite a few are avaible through iTunes or Amazon.  Before you purchase a download, though, be wary!  Many versions of these tracks, when available for download, are part of licensed, recently recorded, score compilations.  In a word, they are "covers" of the original tracks.   They are different, always inferior arrangements, not by the orignal symphonies, and the vocal/choral tracks are often played on synthesizers.  The worst examples I've heard are the awful rearrangements of The Amityville Horror, The Shining, and Poltergeist scores. If the time signatures don't match what I've listed below within a second or two, don't waste your time and dubloons.  If you're interested in where to find some of the rarer tracks, send me an email.  Apologies for the sloppy kerning--I couldn't figure out how to build a table in LJ.

Happy, horrific listening, and unpleasent dreams!

Horror Show -  31 Prime Cuts of Horror Movie Music:
 
01. Psycho - Suite for Orchestra                                                        Bernard Herman                   1960       3:02
 
02. Young Frankenstein - Transylvanian Lullaby                           John Morris                            1974        4:08
 
03. The Exorcist - Tubular Bells [film excerpt]                                 Mike Oldfield                          1974       3:24
 
04. The Omen - Ave Satani                                                                 Jerry Goldsmith                     1976       2:39
 
05. Suspiria [Originale]                                                                        Goblin                                     1977       6:02
 
06. Halloween - Halloween Theme [main title]                              John Carpenter                     1979        2:55
 
07. Amityville Horror - Main Title                                                         Lalo Schifrin                          1979        1:46
 
08. Alien  - Main Title                                                                            Jerry Goldsmith                    1979        3:34
 
09. The Shining - Main Title                                               Wendy Carlos & Rachel Elkind          1980        3:30
 
10. The Fog - Matthew's Ghost Story [Intro]                                      John Carpenter                    1980        2:48
 
11. The Fog - Main Title                                                                       John Carpenter                     1980        5:09
 
12. Poltergeist – The  Calling/The Neighborhood                          Jerry Goldsmith                    1982        4:08
 
13. The Thing - Humanity, Pt. 2                                                          Ennio Morricone                   1982        7:15
 
14. Creepshow - Prologue: Welcome to Creepshow                    John Harrison                      1982        4:06
 
15. Something Wicked This Way Comes -                                      James Horner                      1983        2:04
      Main Title - A Rare Day for Boys
 
16. Children of the Corn - Main Title                                                   Jonathan Elias                     1984        1:30
 
17. A Nightmare on Elm Street - Main Title                                       Charles Bernstein               1984        3:30
 
18. Prince of Darkness - Opening Titles                                           John Carpenter                    1987        4:13
 
19. Hellraiser  [Main Title]                                                                     Christopher Young              1987        1:46
 
20. Hellraiser - Lament Configuration                                               Christopher Young               1987        3:31
 
21. Pet Sematary - Main Title                                                               Elliot Goldenthal                   1989        3:02
 
22. Bram Stoker's Dracula - The Beginning                                     Wojciech Kilar                       1992        6:41
 
23. Bram Stoker's Dracula - Vampire Hunters                                 Wojciech Kilar                       1992        3:06
 
24. Interview with the Vampire - Libera Me                                       Elliot Goldenthal                   1994         2:47
 
25. Lord of Illusions - Main Title                                                          Simon Boswell                     1995         3:44
 
26. Sleepy Hollow – Introduction                                                        Danny Elfman                        1999        4:16
 
27. House on Haunted Hill [1999] - Main Title                                 Don Davis                               1999        2:31
 
28. Saw - Hello, Zepp                                                                           Charlie Clouser                     2004        3:00
 
29. Trick 'r Treat - Main Title                                                                 Douglas Pipes                      2007         2:20
 
30. Drag Me to Hell - Main Title                                                           Christopher Young               2009         2:33
 
Bonus Track:
 
31. The Nightmare Before Christmas - This is Halloween           Danny Elfman                       1993         3:16


As an aside, when making this compilation, I realized what an amazing year 1982 was for horror and SF films, which saw the release of  John Carpenter's--The Thing, Bladerunner, Poltergeist, Creepshow, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, TRON, The Dark Crystal, and E.T.

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rjcrowtherjr
rjcrowtherjr at 2012-02-04 01:49 (UTC) (Link)
Forgive me for taking so long to reply, I've been terrible about updating my Livejournal. Hope to post more soon that's worthy of reading, and I'm looking forward to reading your blog too.

Best, Rob
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