Scary Movie Soundtracks

The Scariest Movie Soundtracks of All Time20 Oct

Nothing says Halloween like a good binge-night of horror movies. There’s always at least one scary blockbuster at the theatres in October. This year it’s looking like Ouija: Origin of Evil will be taking that honor. The movie trailer was enough to have us hiding under our hoodies. Aside from the performance and tension on the screen, ya know what adds to the suspense and jump-out-of-your-seat fear the most? It’s the soundtrack (or the score, as movie-buffs like to say).

Take for example the movies we’ve listed below — it was those scores that made scenes from these classics some of the most recognizable of all time:

  • Psycho: The violent violin strings from Herrmann’s “The Murder” are without a doubt, the most influential horror scores to date. It’s been re-used and even parodied many times, but never quite with the effect of the original.
  • The Shining: It’s almost impossible to get those horrific screeches out of your head from when Danny meets the Grady twins for the first time.
  • The Exorcist: Composer Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells” is what made The Exorcist a timeless piece of horror and added an otherworldly element to the demonic tale.
  • Jaws: Ever gone swimming and feared what lurks beneath the surface? Now add in those heavy strings and bass from the terrifying Jaws soundtrack and we challenge you to stay in the water longer than five seconds.


But for our fellow readers out there, a good horror book to celebrate the month of October might be more up your alley. The beauty of a booktrack is that it amplifies your reading experience in the same way as those horror movie scores. Doors creak, breathing intensifies, footsteps come creeping and instruments create anticipation and fear — all perfectly timed while you turn each page on your tablet.

Give Eleven by Carolyn Arnold a read to see what we mean. It starts with eleven rooms, 10 bodies and one empty grave. Add in all the suspenseful sounds and you’ll soon be feeling the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.

Or sink into a classic horror, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, but experience it in a whole new way on your tablet with a creepy score.

Are audiobooks more your thing? Well then we have good news for you. It’s now possible to hear spooky synchronized movie-style soundtracks with some of our fave audiobooks by Hachette Book Group. The creepy tempo and rhythm of the score harmonizes with action, dialogue and the characters’ emotions. So as the narrator reads the gripping story, sounds will add to the suspense. You can listen to a sample right here. We are loving how the soundtrack adds to the mysterious Beautiful Creatures trilogy by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

So no matter how you decide to scare yourself, we’ve got a booktrack that will make it happen. Tell us: do you think the soundtrack makes a movie scarier?