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    Richard--W
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    Jerry Goldsmith's score for the remake of The Haunting (1999) is very potent, I think, and the only thing worthwhile about that film.

    The film is garbage.

    The score is fine. Buy the CD.

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    Sounds like Eyes Wide Shut. Kubrick liked Ligetti.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNixStGxIGU

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    An audio sample of two classic horror scores by avant-garde experimentalist Humphrey Searle:

    http://www.epdlp.com/compbso.php?id=5677

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    Ah, that is news. I have a multi-region player and of course there is no speed-up in Blu-ray. A very special film. Frame by frame it holds its own next to The Haunting. I'll get it in my next go-round.

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  • Paul L
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    Originally posted by Richard--W View Post
    The BFI region 2 edition of THE INNOCENTS looks and sounds infinitely better than the USA edition released by Fox. It is supplemented and has an insightful commentary and intro by Christopher Frayling, who knows too damn much about the film. None of this was carried over to the Fox. The cover art is wrong on the Fox, right on the BFI. If only the 4& PAL speed-up didn't raise the pitch. The score is very effective precisely because it's a counterpoint rather than a "horror" score.
    Did you know the BFI have released the film on Blu-ray, Richard? It's region 'B'-locked, however. The disc also includes two short features by Clayton.

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    The BFI region 2 edition of THE INNOCENTS looks and sounds infinitely better than the USA edition released by Fox. It is supplemented and has an insightful commentary and intro by Christopher Frayling, who knows too damn much about the film. None of this was carried over to the Fox. The cover art is wrong on the Fox, right on the BFI. If only the 4& PAL speed-up didn't raise the pitch. The score is very effective precisely because it's a counterpoint rather than a "horror" score.

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  • Paul L
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    Good call on HELLRAISER, Ian: that's a good score. On the Clive Barker bandwagon, I'll also say that I enjoyed the score for LORD OF ILLUSIONS very much. Some of that score is very creepy too.

    I don't think Carpenter's THE FOG has been mentioned yet, or PRINCE OF DARKNESS. I think both of those have strong scores. THE FOG's is especially 'spooky', in my view.
    Originally posted by Richard--W View Post
    Nice call, Paul. O Willy Way is one of the creepiest and most intense moments in any horror film. Is that an old English folk song or was it written for the film, do you know? I forget what the credits say. Maybe we're supposed to think it's an old English folk song.
    It sounds authentic, but I'm pretty sure I'm right in saying that it was written by Auric, with lyrics by Paul Dehn. Funnily enough, it cropped up on British television a week or two ago, as part of illusionist/mentalist Derren Brown's 'Svengali' show. As a big fan of THE INNOCENTS, I recognised it immediately. Nice to see it get a little more exposure, and hopefully it will have brought a few more new viewers to THE INNOCENTS.

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  • Ian Jane
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    OK, in no particular order and off the top of my head...

    Suspiria
    The Exorcist
    Halloween
    Deep Red
    Cannibal Holocaust
    The Omen
    Psycho (and then, guilty by association, Re-Animator?)
    Rosemary's Baby
    City Of The Living Dead (I like Frizzi's stuff)
    Eraserhead
    Dawn Of The Dead (the Goblin score)
    The Haunting
    Hellraiser/Hellbound (both are great)
    The Thing
    The Haunting

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  • Robin Bougie
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    Some great picks so far. :up:

    I'm not really much of a Jerry Goldsmith fanboy, but his score for POLTERGEIST remains one of the coolest horror scores in my opinion. Check this out (skip to 1:09)


    I love how erratic the horn section gets. It's like they're possessed by the ghosts themselves.
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    Last edited by Robin Bougie; 09-25-2012, 06:21 AM.

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    There are a lot of great horror film scores, but these are the ones that get to me:

    1935 - The Bride of Frankenstein -- Franz Waxman
    1951 - The Thing -- Bernard Herrmann
    1960 - The City of the Dead / Horror Hotel -- Douglas Gamley -- no soundtrack CD
    1960 - Psycho -- Bernard Herrmann
    1959 - The Twilight Zone theme -- Bernard Herrmann
    1961 - The Innocents -- Georges Auric -- no soundtrack CD
    1962 - Night of the Eagle / Burn Witch Burn -- William Alwyn -- no soundtrack CD
    1963 - The Haunting -- Humphrey Searle -- no soundtrack CD
    1968 - Rosemary's Baby -- Krzysztof Komeda
    1970 - Blood On Satan's Claw -- Marc Wilkinson
    1971 - The Mephisto Waltz -- Jerry Goldsmith
    1975 - Jaws -- John Williams
    1976 - The Omen -- Jerry Goldsmith
    1976 - The Tenant -- Philippe Sarde
    1980 - Ghost Story -- Philippe Sarde
    1989 - Warlock -- Jerry Goldsmith
    1998 - Beloved -- Rachel Portman
    1999 - Ravenous -- David Albarn & Michael Nyman

    The City of the Dead remains my all-time favorite horror film score.

    So which horror film scores get under your skin?
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    Last edited by Richard--W; 09-25-2012, 02:13 AM.

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    Nice call, Paul. O Willy Way is one of the creepiest and most intense moments in any horror film. Is that an old English folk song or was it written for the film, do you know? I forget what the credits say. Maybe we're supposed to think it's an old English folk song.


    Originally posted by Ian Jane View Post
    Eric Stanze just listed his top twenty horror scores on his blog at FearNet.

    Some pretty respectable choices there.

    I guess. Popular scores to popular films. All wonderful scores, in fact. I don't disagree with his choices, I just don't find more two or three of them remotely scary. I like horror scores that are unnerving in a subtle way. Like the Gregorian chants in Horror Hotel / City of the Dead, the experimental dissonance of The Haunting (1963), the distorted voices trying to push through the piano concertos in The Mephisto Waltz, the high, tinkling breaking-glass sounds in Ghost Story (1980).

    Since Eric Stanze has posted a list on his blog why doesn't everyone list their favorite horror scores right here.

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  • Paul L
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    I've always had a deep-rooted fondness for Georges Auric's music for Jack Clayton's THE INNOCENTS.

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  • Ian Jane
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    Eric Stanze just listed his top twenty horror scores on his blog at FearNet.

    Some pretty respectable choices there.

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    Ravenous.

    An amazing horror-western with an amazing score. Why didn't I think of that in my first post. Probably because of my aversion to it. I like the film but I don't like liking it. You know what I mean?

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