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
Image 3 of 10
8. 'The Omen' (1976)( October 24, 2012 )
Jerry Goldsmith (above), one of filmdom's most prolific composers won the only Oscar of his career for this over-the-top score, yet another movie about the offspring of Satan. A seemingly 10,000-voice choir belts out "Ave Satani!" ("Hail! Satan!" in Latin) as Goldsmith's equally booming orchestral accompaniment raises the rafters. But the quasi-religious, quasi-classical overtones of Goldsmith's music was very influential on not only the movie's many sequels, but a slew of other demonic film scores including Wendy Carlos' and Rachel Elkind's "The Shining" and Elliot Goldenthal's more restrained "Interview with the Vampire." Goldsmith, whose early training included macabre-flavored scoring assignments for the short-lived Boris Karloff anthology "Thriller" and "The Twilight Zone," also provided music for several other frightmare flicks: 1971's "The Mephisto Waltz," another Satanic-themed cult fave; 1972's "The Other"; and the 1979 sci-fi horror classic "Alien" among them.
Listen to music from "The Omen"