One of the things that always fascinates me about scary movies is that contrary to what one would think, it is not the frightening images on the screen that causes the audience’s heart and stomach to tighten, it is the film’s score. Simply put your ear muffs on any the majority of scary movies cease to be just that.If you think about the most scary and suspenseful movies, the ones forcing you to the edge of your seat, hiding behind a blanket, or gripping your arm rest so tight you get pins and needles, it’s generally the films soundtrack which pops to mind.
The association is just too powerful. That’s why one of our favorite albums at this time of year is the 101 String Orchestra’s Music From Scary Movies compilation. They’ve got their renditions of scores from Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Jaws, The Omen, Psycho, The Shining, Hellraiser and Friday the 13th.
It’s not in the least hokey, in fact, it’s actually a damn good album full of classical music, except this classical music are from your favorite nightmares.
Tracklist (with a few of our fav tracks in Mp3):
- Halloween (Mp3)
- Nightmare on Elm Street
- Bram Stoker’s Dracula
- Jaws (Mp3)
- The Omen
- The Shadow (Mp3)
- Friday the 13th
- The Shining (Mp3)
- Prelude (Psycho)
- The City (Psycho)
- The Murder (Psycho)
- The Cellar (Psycho)
We were originally not going to include “The Shadow” track but it’s such a work of incredibleness that we had to include it for your listening pleasure. It’s not necessarily scary or suspenseful but it is heroic in a way that Danny Elfman’s Spiderman score could never live up to.
Any film scores you’d like to see 101 String Orchestra tackle for a second volume? Grab the entire album here (zip).