Horror Musical Themes

Top 10 Horror Movie Musical Themes

In this post we will be reviewing some of the most horrific theme and scene music that truly sets a terrifying tone for some of the all time best horror movies. Shock factor, iconic status and memorability will be the basis of the top picks for this list. Not even the local kansas city arborists can cut these horrific sounds out of your memory tree. Your ears will be in for a scare as these songs are sure to bring you back to that moment of pure terror portrayed in each film.

The Ring (2002)

The theme music for this film brings with it a truly eerie feeling. Hans Zimmer masterfully creates scenes with suspenseful build ups and terrifying piano notes to give hints of the horror that is soon to come.

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Christopher Komeda is the genius behind the theme music for this horror film. With some of the creepiest tunes of a mothers voice packed into one soundtrack, this baby’s momma is sure to drive you all kinds of insane if you listen long enough.

28 Days Later (2002)

This film contains a scene with music written by John Murphy that builds an ever mounting feeling of hopelessness and desperation as survivors of a zombie apocalypse are attacked and eaten. Viewers are left with a feeling of isolation and uneasiness as the scenes tone softens.

A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)

This horrific film begins with an oddly smooth and gracious tone, but quickly reminds us that something evil lurks in the shadows. Listen to this theme music a few times and you can forget about falling to sleep on time.

saw-characterSaw (2004)

Thanks to Charlie Clouser, this theme song not only makes you feel like your life is in danger, but also that you are running out of precious time to  save it. With high tension situations and twisted scenes captured masterfully, this puts Saw on the top 10 list for sure!

Psycho (1960)

This iconic thriller has one of the most memorable and captivating scenes in horror movie history. Bernard Herrmann does an excellent job of portraying the horror during the film’s infamous shower scene.

Friday the 13th Part III (1982)

Written by Harry Manfredini, the theme song for this horror film comes with a disco vibe that might make you want to get up and dance while you run for your life from a murderous killer.

Jaws (1975)

Composing legend John Williams brings the classic struggle of predator and prey to your ears with the memorable soundtrack of Jaws. Everyone has heard the iconic theme music and they sure know what it means…there’s a demonic shark on the prowl, get out of the water!

The Exorcist (1973)

Mike Oldfield is responsible for the theme music for one of the most iconic horror films of all time. The mysterious and spine chilling theme song for the Exorcist features rattling bells and chimes that give the film a distinct feeling that’s sure to creep you right out.

Halloween (1978)

This fast tempo iconic theme music features dramatic violins that sends chills down your spine. John Carpenter does an epic job of capturing your attention and holding you on the edge of your seat throughout the film.

Whether you agree with these top picks or not we hope you enjoyed the horror soundtracks featured in this post. From eerie tones to rattling bones, the theme music for these epic horror tales is sure to satisfy even the savviest of horror film enthusiasts.