Believe it or not, there is in fact MORE than enough amazing music from horror movies to fill up two lists. Heck, I could probably fill up ten lists, but I'll control myself and stop at two. Just because these songs are in Part Two doesn't mean they're any less creepy/beautiful than the track in Part One! In fact, some of my favorites songs grace this page. So settle in, pop in the earbuds, and get ready to shiver, darklings! It's time to start Part Two...
Pan's Labyrinth Lullaby - Javier Navarrete: Don't even try to argue with me. Pan's Labyrinth is one of the most gorgeous films ever made. But even outside the visuals, Javier Navarrete's music just added to the haunting ambience of this already powerful film. Seriously, don't argue with me.
Have No Fear - Bird York: Odds are good you've never heard of the horror film, Sublime. And frankly, while elements of it are really effective, it's pretty lame overall. However, this stunning song from Bird York (who also starred in the film under her real name, Kathleen), will stick with you long after the credits roll... even if the film doesn't.
*Note: This song was apparently also in the Will Smith tearjerker, Seven Pounds. Which I didn't see. Because Will Smith. Tearjerker.
School in Flames - Pino Donaggio: Everything about Brian De Palma's Carrie holds up, but there is no question that Donaggio's music still perfectly evokes that terrifying prom night where Carrie White really let loose. Just listen to the aptly titled, "School in Flames," and try to contain your shivers.
Closer - Nine Inch Nails: Were you totally freaked out by the screechy, alarming title sequence to David Fincher's masterpiece, Se7en? Well, you can thank an awesome arrangement of Nine Inch Nails' ode to f*&king like an animal, "Closer" for that! The original is obviously killer, but there is something even more chilling about the remixed version used over scenes of John Doe's... homework?
People are Strange - Echo and the Bunnymen: While there are tons of classic soundtrack songs from The Lost Boys to choose from, I have to go with the standout that everyone remembers... Echo and the Bunnymen's cover of The Door's "People are Strange." I can't say that Echo did anything new or exceptional with the song, but the cover fit the movie so perfectly, it will forever remind me of a time when vampires were still mean, sexy beasts.
The Curse of Frankenstein - James Bernard: You can't have a list of the best music from horror movies without mentioning Hammer films. Bernard was responsible for a good portion of the Hammer scores, but my personal favorite is the music he did for The Curse of Frankenstein.
Cat People (Putting Out the Fire) - David Bowie: I'm willing to bet that today, most people know this spectacular Bowie song based on its use in Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds. And while I have never been Tarantino's biggest fan, I can admit that he used the song brilliantly. However, Cat People (Putting Out the Fire) actually originated as a soundtrack song for the Nastassja Kinski-starring remake of Cat People (the original of which is one of my favorite films.) The movie in this case was meh, but the song was still amazing.
I've Written a Letter to Daddy - Bette Davis: If you've seen Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? you know why this song is terrifying. If you haven't, watch the clip below, change your shorts, and then watch the whole movie. Because while Baby Jane may not be considered a horror movie, it should be. And this song is a huge part of it.
In All My Dreams I Drown - Terrance Zdunich & Jessica Lowndes: The majority of horror fans have heard of/seen Zdunich and Darren Lynn Bousman's Repo! The Genetic Opera, but not as many have seen their other project, The Devil's Carnival. Narratively, it's not as strong as Repo, but the music is just as beautiful. My favorite song from Carnival is this one, where a trusting girl catches a ride from the wrong captain...
Willow's Song - Written by Paul Giovanni and performed by Annie Ross: Soooo, if you've seen the original version of The Wicker Man, you will recognize this song right away. A young, very nude woman uses it as a literal siren song to try and tempt an upstanding policeman into misbehaving. But, if you've not seen The Wicker Man, while it isn't a musical, it relies very heavily on music for atmosphere and this is definitely one of my favorite scenes that does so. You will just find the song below. If you want boobies, just rent The Wicker Man!
Do you have a favorite horror score or song that didn't make the list? Do you think classics like Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street should have been included? Sound off in the comment section!
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