If you look back on your favorite movies, I am sure you can remember most scores and songs that were in that movie. To go non-Horror for a moment, I look at most of the popular Martin Scorsese films and really when I hear songs when I am driving or in other movies, it always brings me back to "Goodfellas", "The Irishman" or "Casino" among many other films. Scorsese always does a great job in using the right song or theme at the right time. Outside of Horror he is easily one of my favorite Directors. But, this is a Haunt and Horror site so lets hope into Horror.
Horror Scores really help drive home jump scares. The sound of the music or the high pitched violin right when a cat jumps out of a cupboard. The sound really intensifies which drives the chord in your brain that really helps put the viewer on edge during any scene. The biggest example of this was from Steven Spielberg's Jaws from 1975. Spielberg is another Director that really makes drama happen with a score. but in the case of Jaws and most movies, The Director really has little to do with it. In the case of Jaws, John Williams the Composer was able to create an entire Villain without even seeing the shark on screen. Take a look below, amazing score for this great film.
Another instance that helped a movie was the Friday the 13th Franchise. You know, The highly debated "ch ch ch ch, ha ha ha"
The last example for the main stream slasher movies. A Nightmare on Elm Street. Wes Craven and Charles Bernstein really brought the pain and the creeps with this film. from the opening scenes of many nightmare films to the girls jumping ropes. It really feels like you are in Dream Land.
With these examples and so many more to go through like "The Exorcist". "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and so many others. It is safe to say that the Score and music in Horror is not just important but as important as the Actors and characters developed. I believe not only is it Vital but it is the most Important part of any Horror Movie. You can design the scariest most inhumane killer of all time, but it will never see the success without the proper score. That third wall to really break in to you mind. It is everything in horror.
That is all we have for you today, we hope you enjoyed the insight to something a lot of people really never notice is the piece that soundtrack and score play in a movie. Well, keep it here to HH365! Where Every Day Is Haunt Season.