I knew that my own list of Halloween horror scores would be far far from anything like comprehensive, and probably pretty obvious, so I`ve enlisted the very able assistance of Ban Ban Ton Ton`s close American ally, Dennis “Citizen” Kane, to add some depth to the danse macabre, and further soundtrack your trick or treating.
For the Samhain soul and the membrane between the living and the dead…
Patrick Cowley / Nightcrawler
An experimental track made while he was still in school. Humid minimal sleaze.
Goblin (Claudio Simonetti Fabio Pignatelli) / Jennifer’s Friend
Clean modern synth sounds, with a chemical chill portending something very wrong.
David Lynch – The Pink Room (Extended Mix)
A haunting, driving, drugged-out erotic vamp – from Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me.
Tyler Bates / Brainscan (Dawn of the Dead Soundtrack)
A short, brilliant, piece of horror – this whole soundtrack is a fav of mine.
Berto Pisano & Jacques Chaumont with Doris Troy / Kill Them ALL
A sort of cheesy theme with heavy orchestration, but I enjoy Doris Troy’s beatnik rage vocal “Yeah man kill the bastards, go ahead and kill them kill them, kill – them – all”
Piero Piccioni / Give Love A Chance (Il Dio Sotto Pelle)
Zero horror vibe here to be honest, just a beautiful bedroom jam, on one of his best albums – across the board majestic.
Nora Orlandi / Dies Irae from The Strange Vice of Signora Wardh
Ms. Orlandi was a composer, vocalist and pianist and stood out in the male dominated world of Italian film composers. This track was also used in the film Kill Bill.
Fabio Frizzi & Lucio Fulci / E Tu Vivrai nel Terrore! L’Aldila
Lots of sweet moments on this soundtrack – great basslines, synths, strings, and MOOD.
Sinoia Caves / Beyond The Black Rainbow
Composed and performed by keyboardist, Jeremy Schmidt, this recent soundtrack is all analogue synths and mellotron, with nods to Morroder, John Carpenter, and Pink Floyd. The atmosphere smells fluorescent.
Bernard Herrmann / Taxi Driver
One of the kings of film music, Citizen Kane, Vertigo, and on and on. This captures the isolation that one feels in the massive city perfectly – soaring strings and reverberating drums, sleazy sax. I like that Hermann finished this soundtrack, left the studio, went to his hotel, and entered the next dimension – my work here is done.