10 scariest movie soundtracks ever
It's no surprise that most of the movies that have made audiences scream in terror (and delight) have been underscored with truly creepy themes. From the symphonic sweep of classic horror in Franz Waxman's groundbreaking score for "The Bride of Frankenstein" to Bernard Herrmann's shrieking strings in the shower sequence in Hitchcock's "Psycho," here's our list of the top 10 scary movie themes -- in frightening reverse order! -- Richard Knight Jr., Tribune Newspapers
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6. 'The Shining' (1980)( October 24, 2012 )
Electronic instrument maven Wendy Carlos worked with Stanley Kubrick on 1971's "A Clockwork Orange" and the two reunited for the reclusive director's chilly adaptation of Stephen King's haunted hotel epic starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. Though Carlos and his co-composer Rachel Elkind wrote other selections for the film, Kubrick ended up using much of the avant-garde compositions of Krzysztof Penderecki instead (perhaps following the example of director William Friedkin, who had done the same for 1973's "The Exorcist"). But the duo's spine-chilling, synth-based main title, based on Berlioz's "Dies Irae" from his "Symphonie Fantastique," remains as a testament to their scary approach. Martin Scorsese took a similar route in utilizing atonal, modern classical compositions to help supply a menacing mood in 2010's "Shutter Island."
Listen to music from "The Shining"