Though Lalo Schifrin, famed for his "Mission Impossible" TV theme, was originally hired to write the score for William Friedkin's film adaptation of the megaselling William Peter Blatty novel of a young girl possessed by the devil, the director instead relied on a variety of source cues to scare audiences. This included a brief snippet from British progressive rock performer Mike Oldfield's album "Tubular Bells." The multi-instrumentalist's 49-minute magnum opus was winnowed down to a double-sided four-minute single in the US, becoming a one-hit wonder in 1974 following the enormous popularity of Friedkin's movie. Oldfield's repetitive, delicate melody played on the bells leads to a throbbing, fuzz-box guitar and a demonic-sounding synthesized bass before returning to where it starts in the edited single. Friedkin's use of Oldfield's composition in the movie heavily influenced a generation of horror filmmakers -- including Dario Argento's 1977 witch coven classic "Suspiria," with its dark, circling main theme and underlying menace composed and played by the group Goblin. Listen to music from "The Exorcist"
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