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
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9. 'Rosemary's Baby' (1968)( October 24, 2012 )
Mia Farrow gives birth to the son of Satan in this trend-setting classic. Director Roman Polanski sets the tone immediately with Polish jazz pianist/composer Krzysztof Komeda's disquieting main title -- a haunting lullaby sung by Farrow and interspersed with unusual chords played on a wheezing harpsichord. Komeda's score repeats the lullaby throughout the film until it reaches its horrifying climax and is reprised in an orchestral version over the end credits. Tragically, Komeda, who had provided jazz-influenced scores for Polanski's previous films -- including tongue-in-cheek scarefest music for his horror parody "The Fearless Vampire Killers" -- died soon after "Rosemary's Baby" was completed.
Listen to music from "Rosemary's Baby"