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adriantry Staff says

With Halloween just around the corner, I find myself thinking of my favourite horror movies. The movies that are genuinely scary—even after the movie has finished.

A lot of that tension and atmosphere comes from the soundtrack, and here are some of my favourites:

- The Exorcist (soundtrack by Mike Oldfield) - Halloween (soundtrack by John Carpenter) - The Shining (Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta by Béla Bartók) - The Twilight Zone (theme by Marius Constant) - The Walking Dead (theme by Bear McCreary)

What’s yours? Add a YouTube link if possible.

How do good horror movies affect you? The hair on the back of your neck? Scared to walk down the hallway? Hiding under the blankets? Nightmares? I have to admit to all of them, though mainly when I was younger. These days I mainly just jump. Goodness, we’re big kids!

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Stuck_in_the_Basement Reviewer says

I don’t know about scariest, but I always thought of it as the perfect Halloween theme:
Beetlejuice by Danny Elfman.

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adriantry Staff says

Wow. I was listening to that long Eraserhead soundtrack while I worked (your last link). That’s a new way of adding atmosphere to the workplace!

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richardandrews says

Bernard Herrmann’s score for the original version of Hitchcock’s Psycho is outstanding.

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merlinriver says

I don’t remeber soundtrack but yes, Jaws is the scariest movie ever I watched yet.

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adriantry Staff says

Thanks for your answers. We rounded up your ideas on Envato Notes last week:

13 Chilling Hollywood Soundtracks for Halloween

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soundtrove says

Anything with a theremin freaks me right out

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