The best modern horror film music of the past two decades
Hasitha Fernando on the best modern horror film music of the last two decades …
Halloween is just around the corner and what better time than All Hallows Eve to sit back and listen to some great horror-tinged music. With that in mind, here are 8 scores of modern horror movies from the past two decades that are sure to make your hair stand on end.
1. Drag Me To Hell (Christopher Young)
Christopher Young made his mark quite early in his career, for the awe-inspiring Gothic masterpiece he designed for the cult classic of Clive Barker. Hellraiser in 1987. True to the genre, the talented composer has produced a number of memorable scores over the years with artists like Species, Urban legend, The resents and Sinister. But it is with the triumphant return of Sam Raimi to the roots of the director’s indie-horror, with the years 2009 Drag me to hell, who saw Young return with a vengeance beyond God. Filled with baroque choral sections and thundering orchestral chaos, the score is an exciting return to good old-school thematic orchestral writing, and that in itself is reason enough to rejoice.
2. The Dark Falls (Brian Tyler)
Speaking of another example of a “traditional sounding” stellar horror score, Brian Tyler’s enormous work on Darkness is falling, comes to mind. The gifted composer, now one of Hollywood’s most in-demand artists, was still a promising talent in 2003 when he wrote the music for the supernatural horror film. But the orchestral complexity and instrumental ferocity on display here will make you believe that a veteran musician like Elliot Goldenthal or Christopher Young was at the helm, that’s so good. Fans of orchestral horror music will certainly fall in love with this one, because Darkness is falling will deliver an auditory punch like they haven’t experienced in a long time.
3. Maniac (ROB)
Saying that French film music composer Robin Coudert aka ROB created the quintessential love letter to John Carpenter, for the 2012 psychological slasher film Maniacal, is an understatement. Because it’s just that, and then some. Inspired by the whimsical and atmospheric electro scores of Halloween and Attack on the enclosure 13, maniacal the music works as a perfect homage to the 80s synthwave soundscape created by Carpenter while performing exceptionally well in the context of the film. So if you’re an avid fan of the shriveled horror writer, look no further than this underrated gem of an album, to get your fix.
4. It follows (disaster)
David Robert Mitchell’s Supernatural Psychological Horror Film It follows, which traumatized theatergoers in 2014, presented a beautifully crafted score by Disasterpeace (also known as electronic prodigy Rich Vreeland). The soundtrack is a weirdly chimerical beast, resembling Robin Coudert’s weird weird cousin Maniacal. But one thing is for sure, the music augments the nightmarish madness unfolding onscreen and makes it rise to eleven. If weirdly jarring, synth-focused business is your cup of tea, then this is the one for you.
5. Insidious (Joseph Bishara)
that of James Wan Insidious, released over a decade ago, delivered formidable nightmare fuel while still maintaining a tame PG-13 rating. Very talented composer Joseph Bishara complimented Wan’s terrifying effort. Known for his avant-garde style and distinct approach, Bishara has proven to be a master of sound in horror films, conjuring up unsettling imaginative ways to hypnotize and terrify audiences, and none better sums up his awesome sound. directory that Insidious. It’s a baffling piece of art, worth looking at this Halloween.
6. Color Out of Space (Colin Stetson)
HP Lovecraft’s books, which have focused primarily on narratives based on cosmic horror, have often been described as “infilmable” literary works. However, it’s safe to say that cult director Richard Stanley accomplished the impossible with his adaptation of Lovecraft’s short story. Color out of space. The movie is packed with mind-blowing visuals, B-movies, and an unhinged Nicolas Cage, making it quite a ride. Complementing the above is the otherworldly soundtrack produced by multi-instrumentalist Colin Stetson. There is no other way to describe this particularly deranged outing than to say that it is “the musical embodiment of Lovecraftian cosmic horror.”
7. The Witch (Mark Korven)
Robert eggers The witch is easily one of the greatest horror films of modern times. The twisted and critically acclaimed period piece instantly cemented Eggers as one of the promising talents of our generation and put Anya Taylor-Joy on every casting director’s wish list. But the film’s perpetual sense of dread would have been nearly impossible to achieve had it not been for the contribution of musician Mark Korven. Korven is no stranger to horror, having made his big breakthrough with the 1997s cube, but his work here is really something special. Bewitching, dissonant and sepulchral, this one will certainly put you under your skin.
8. The neon demon (Martinez cliff)
This Nicolas Winding Refn fever dream certainly sparked its fair share of controversy when it debuted in 2016. Spooky visuals, over-the-top violence, and an equally gruesome story, sums up the film in one word. But it would be a crime not to mention the breathtaking sonic masterpiece that Cliff Martinez turned out to be the companion of this demented fantasy. Martinez has forged an inextricable relationship with Refn, and the duo’s past collaborations have indeed borne strange musical fruits of unconventional appeal, but The neon demon is without a doubt the composer’s piece de resistance. To hear is to believe.
Hasitha Fernando is a part-time physician and full-time movie buff. Follow him on Twitter via @DoctorCinephile for regular entertainment updates.